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​Japan says ISIS hostage negotiations over swap 'deadlocked'
Japan's deputy foreign minister has said that negotiations with the Islamic State militants (formerly known as ISIS) have reached “deadlock” in the hostage crisis of a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist’s impending execution.

31.01.2015 07:21

ISIS & Japan agree on hostage swap, Japanese journalist to be freed 'within hours'
Japan and ISIS have agreed on an exchange of journalist Kenji Goto, held hostage by the Islamist militants, for Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman who killed 60 people in a 2005 Jordan bombing, a senior Japanese diplomat said.

28.01.2015 09:14

Anti-trade deal protesters hijack Senate TPP hearing
​Protesters opposed to a major, multi-national trade deal being negotiated in secret by a dozen countries – including the United States – hijacked a US Senate hearing early Tuesday to speak out against the proposal.

27.01.2015 16:50

ISIS threatens to kill 2nd Japanese hostage, Jordan pilot in 24 hours
The Islamic State has released a video with a threat to kill a second Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot in the next 24 hours if the Japanese authorities fail to persuade Jordan to release failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi from prison.

27.01.2015 16:17

Japan’s trade deficit jumps to $108bn record high
The trade deficit of the world’s third largest economy hit a new record of around $108 billion in 2014, the highest since 1979. Sharp demand for energy in Japan after the Fukushima disaster boosted imports; lower oil prices could reverse this in 2015.

26.01.2015 11:18

Soprano in space: 'Phantom of the Opera' star trains for ISS flight in Russian forest
World-famous soprano and songwriter Sarah Brightman is braving Russia’s wilds as she undergoes special astronaut training in survival in extreme rural conditions, which includes making a shelter from a parachute and cooking food in the forest.

25.01.2015 08:00

Islamic State militants ‘behead Japanese hostage, offer swap for remaining one’
Tokyo has said that the video reportedly showing one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State appears to be “highly” credible. The hostage claims on camera his partner was executed and says the jihadists want him swapped for a female suicide bomber.

23.01.2015 21:11

Fukushima operator to miss toxic water clean-up deadline, suspends till May
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it won’t be able to process the radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant by March, as the operator had promised earlier. The company’s president said the delay is due to technical problems.

23.01.2015 15:25

Japanese captive's mother begs for son's release, ISIS ransom deadline over
The devastated mother of a Japanese journalist held captive by the Islamic State has begged for her son's release. Militants affiliated with the group have warned the "countdown has begun" to kill two Japanese hostages.

23.01.2015 05:55

Japan says won’t pay hostage ransom to ISIS as deadline looms
Japan will not pay a $200 million ransom for two of its citizens captured by the Islamic State, said PM Shinzo Abe.Tokyo has less than 24 hours left to respond to the jihadists’ threat to execute the Japanese nationals on Friday if the ransom is not paid.

22.01.2015 18:07

UK stands in 'solidarity' with Japan amid hostage crisis – UK Foreign Sec
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK stood in "solidarity" with Japan as they face the "appalling" threat from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which threatens to kill two Japanese nationals unless the government pays $200 million.

21.01.2015 14:32

UK robot 3D-maps Fukushima radiation
A UK startup company has developed a robot that could map hazardous radiation sources at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. The plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in March 2011.

19.01.2015 12:21