article 16 February 2015 World, Jordan
Islamic State hostage takings - a timeline

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.

article 01 February 2015 World, Jordan
Japan mourns Kenji Goto as Jordan vows to free pilot

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.

article 29 January 2015 World, Jordan
'I fear this is the last chance': wife of IS hostage

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.

article 29 January 2015 World, Jordan
Deadline passes for IS hostage

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.

article 28 January 2015 World, Japan
Jordan 'ready' to exchange terrorist for IS captive

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.

article 23 January 2015 World, Japan
Japan awaits news of IS hostages as deadline passes

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.

article 21 December 2014 World, United States
Obama 'may put North Korea back on terror list'

US President Barack Obama says the cyber hack against Sony, blamed on North Korea, is not an "act of war" - but is considering putting them back on the terror list.

video 17 December 2014 World, Japan

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Snowstorm hits northern Japan - video

Heavy snow and damaging winds have battered Hokkaido in northern Japan. Up to 70cm of snow has fallen, with wind gusts around 80mph, cancelling 420 flights and leaving thousands without electricity.

post 08 December 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Chill wind blows across the world's economic landscape

The indicators show China, Japan - and even the McDonald's burger chain - are facing economic slowdown. How will the eurozone respond?

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