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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.