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3 journalists return to Spain after Syria kidnapping

May 08, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED Antonio Pampliega Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre are welcomed at the Torrejon air base

epa05294416 A handout photo released by Spanish Prime Ministry press office Spanish journalists Angel Sastre (R), Jose Manuel Lopez (C) and Antonio Pampliega (2-L hugging a relative) upon their arrival at Spanish air base in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, Spain, 08 May 2016. The three journalists, who had been kidnapped in July 2015 while working as freelancers in the Syrian city of Alepo, were freed on 06 May. EPA/DIEGO CRESPO / SPANISH PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Identity of ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' revealed

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23 PM

UPDATED Jihadi John is Kuwaiti born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi according to experts and the media

ISIS claims pilot burned alive, Jordan vows revenge

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:05 AM

Amman confirms the death of the 26 year old fighter pilot and vows an earth shattering response

ANGER AND SORROW. Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh, 26-year-old, gather following his reported killing, at the Karak tribal gathering chamber or Diwan, in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Executed Japanese journalist's peace tweet goes viral

Feb 03, 2015 - 12:19 PM

Hating is not the role of humans; judgement is God s domain

A pedestrian looks at a large screen in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PNP-SAF protection, ISIS beheads hostages, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Feb 02, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The Special Action Force tells government: we need your support ISIS claims it beheaded another Japanese journalist And the Mayweather Pacquiao fight is not a done deal

ISIS murders a wake-up call for Japan

Feb 02, 2015 - 2:58 PM

Analysts say the murders mark a wake up call for Japan and that its response to the crisis at times flat footed reveals the weakness of its diplomatic resources in the region

ALARM. A pedestrian looks at a large screen in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Jordan vows to do 'everything' to save life of ISIS-held pilot

Feb 01, 2015 - 5:15 PM

2nd UPDATE The kingdom will do everything it can to save the life and secure the release of its pilot Maaz al Kassasbeh

THE LONG WAIT. Relatives of Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, currently held hostage by the Islamic State (ISIS), fix a picture of him at the entrance of a family hall in Amman, Jordan, 30 January 2015. Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

ISIS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

Feb 01, 2015 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED The apparent killing of 47 year old Kenji Goto – the second beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week – is announced in a video released online that includes no mention of a Jordanian pilot also being held by ISIS

KILLED. A pedestrian looks at a large screen in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Jordan demands proof pilot alive as IS deadline passes

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Jordan demands evidence that Jordanian pilot Maaz al Kassasbeh is alive IS had threatened to kill the airman unless Iraqi jihadist Sajida al Rishawi was handed over Thursday January 29

The father of Jordanian air force pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who crashed in Syria with a F-16 last month, takes part in a protest near the Prime Minister office in Amman late on January 27, 2015 demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi female suicide bomber on death row in Jordan. The Islamic State jihadist group threatened yesterday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees the jailed female Iraqi militant. AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI

Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo, Amman to save husband

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Kenji Goto a respected Japanese war reporter held by Islamic militants has two young daughters His wife breaks her silence hoping their children will grow up knowing a father

‘FRIEND BEHEADED.’ This image obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group on January 24, 2015, shows a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph allegedly showing Haruna Yukawa's slain body, with an audio recording in which Goto spoke of ISIS’ demand for a prisoner exchange to guarantee his release. AFP photo handout-SITE Intelligence Group

ISIS issues new threat to kill Jordanian pilot

Jan 29, 2015 - 12:09 PM

In a new audio recording a voice identifying itself as Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto says his captors will kill Maaz al Kassasbeh if an Iraqi woman on death row in Jordan is not handed over by the end of the day

APPEAL. Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot and ISIS captive Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait) protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015.  Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Aquino on Maguindanao, ISIS threat, Pacquiao-Mayweather | The wRap

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:23 PM

President Aquino evades questions on authorizing the Special Forces operation in Maguindanao ISIS threatens to kill hostages within 24 hours Mayweather to Pacquiao “stop lying”

Japan's Abe slams 'despicable' ISIS execution threat

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:47 AM

UPDATED Abe: While we are in an extremely severe situation the government is united to work for the early release of Mr Kenji Goto

'I AM KENJI' A protester holds a placard reading 'I am Kenji' during a rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo, Japan, 25 January 2015.  Franck Robichon/EPA

ISIS threatens to kill Japan, Jordan hostages in 24 hours

Jan 27, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The threat purportedly relayed by hostage Kenji Goto asserts that Goto and Maaz al Kassasbeh will die if Amman refuses to free a jailed female jihadist

‘FRIEND BEHEADED.’ This image obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group on January 24, 2015, shows a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph allegedly showing Haruna Yukawa's slain body, with an audio recording in which Goto spoke of ISIS’demand for a prisoner exchange to guarantee his release. AFP photo handout-SITE Intelligence Group AFP photo handout-SITE Intelligence Group

PNP-SAF chief, Junjun Binay, US blizzard | The wRap

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The chief of the Special Action Forces is relieved of his post Junjun Binay slams the Senate’s telenovela probe A blizzard hits the Northeastern United States

Japan says working towards freeing hostage, Jordan pilot

Jan 27, 2015 - 1:24 PM

Japan: Both countries are closely cooperating towards the return of each of them to their countries

Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama (C) speaks to reporters in Amman, Jordan, 26 January 2015. Stringer/EPA

PH condoles with Japan after ISIS beheading

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Manila condemns the beheading of a Japanese hostage and says it will share in the fight against extremism and terrorism

‘FRIEND BEHEADED.’ This image obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group on January 24, 2015, shows a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph allegedly showing Haruna Yukawa's slain body, with an audio recording in which Goto spoke of ISIS’demand for a prisoner exchange to guarantee his release. AFP photo handout-SITE Intelligence Group

Maguindanao clash, Binay faces arrest, ISIS execution | The wRap

Jan 26, 2015 - 7:08 PM

At least 43 cops killed in a Maguindanao encounter Makati mayor Junjun Binay faces arrest ISIS says it beheaded a Japanese hostage

ISIS claims it executed Japanese hostage

Jan 26, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The claim comes a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa by the jihadist group which has beheaded 5 Western hostages since August last year

A protester holds a placard reading 'I am Kenji' during a rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo, Japan, 25 January 2015.  Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan condemns 'outrageous' hostage murder

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:10 PM

The video comes with an audio clip where a man claiming to be hostage Kenji Goto blames Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for failing to pay a 200 million ransom

HOSTAGES. An image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organisation on the web, allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife as he addresses the camera in English, standing between them at an undisclosed location. Photo by AL-FURQAN MEDIA/AFP

Japan PM says 'credibility' of hostage video is 'high'

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:49 AM

The Japanese government will continue analyzing the images to fully confirm the authenticity of the video

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) visits the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat upon his arrival to the West Bank city of Ramallah, 20 January 2015. Mohamad Torokman/Pool/EPA

Obama, Cameron condemn Japan hostage 'murder'

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:00 AM

With a speechless Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemning the militants intolerable violence Japan is scrambling to verify the nearly three minute video

HOSTAGES. An image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organisation on the web, allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife as he addresses the camera in English, standing between them at an undisclosed location. Photo by AL-FURQAN MEDIA/AFP

Japan vows to 'never give up' search for ISIS hostages

Jan 24, 2015 - 12:51 PM

We are focusing on scrutinizing information over again We will never give up We will bring them home says Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama

HOSTAGES. An image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organisation on the web, allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife as he addresses the camera in English, standing between them at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/AL-FURQAN MEDIA

A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes

Jan 23, 2015 - 3:46 PM

The high drama in Tokyo comes 3 days after the sudden release by the Islamic State ISIS group of a video in which Goto and Yukawa are threatened with execution by a British accented man

JUNKO ISHIDO. Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese men being held by Islamist militants, gestures as she answers questions during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on January 23, 2015. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Binay witness surfaces, China's reclamation, Japanese ISIS hostages | The wRap

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Another alleged Binay dummy surfaces Photos show China’s massive reclamation on a West Philippine Sea reef The clock ticks for Japanese ISIS hostages

Clock ticking for Japanese ISIS hostages

Jan 22, 2015 - 3:22 PM

The Japanese government says it is working to secure the release of Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa but with only 24 hours to go admits it still has not spoken to the Islamic State ISIS group

HOSTAGES. An image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organisation on the web, allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife as he addresses the camera in English, standing between them at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/AL-FURQAN MEDIA

Japan's Abe rushes home to lead hostage crisis response

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED The ensnarement of two of its citizens in the ISIS group s bloody ideological battle is deeply shocking to Japan and there is likely to be considerable domestic pressure on Abe to try to negotiate their release

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) visits the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat upon his arrival to the West Bank city of Ramallah, 20 January 2015. Mohamad Torokman/Pool/EPA

ISIS threatens to kill Japanese hostages

Jan 20, 2015 - 3:16 PM

UPDATED The Japanese government says it will not bow to extremism: Our country s stance – contributing to the fight against terrorism without giving in – remains unchanged

HOSTAGES. An image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organisation on the web, allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife as he addresses the camera in English, standing between them at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/AL-FURQAN MEDIA