Japan remembers the thousands who were killed in an earthquake and tsunami five years ago that led to the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Tens of thousands gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima amid fears that 70 years later Japan is abandoning its pacifist constitution.
More than 130 residents on a remote Japanese island are evacuated and flights diverted after a volcano suddenly erupts on Friday morning.
The latest video of 21 Egyptians being beheaded in Libya is part of Islamic State's tactic to gain funding and spread fear through the threat of the knife.
Jordan says it is still ready to do a prisoner swap with IS militants for its captured pilot, even after a video was released purporting to show the killing of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
The wife of the Japanese journalist being held hostage by the Islamic State group releases her first plea to the governments of Japan and Jordan as a deadline for his release approaches.
The latest deadline set by IS regarding the fate of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot passes, but there is no news about either of them.
Jordan is willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is released, a government spokesperson says.
Japan says it is still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State group militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed.