Japanese hostages in Islamist video: Profiles

 Militants from the Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese men they were holding. A masked jihadist demanded a $200 million ransom for their release.

New IS video threatens to behead 2 Japanese captives, PM Shinzo Abe says won't give in
New IS video threatens to behead 2 Japanese captives, PM Shinzo Abe says won't give in

In a new video released by the extremists, the Islamic State has threatened to kill two Japanese hostages – a military company operator and a journalist – and also demanded $200 million within 3 days.

Saudi could end beheadings `due to shortage of swordsmen`

Saudi Arabian authorities are planning to drop public beheadings as a method of execution, a report has said.

`Pakistani Army celebrated Indian troops’ beheadings`

The Pakistani troops involved in the barbaric act of beheading two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir have been promised a reward.

Mexican state will try boy accused of beheadings

A 14-year-old boy accused of participating in four beheadings for a Mexican drug cartel will be tried under a state juvenile law.

Beheadings, hangings plague Tijuana amid festival

A rash of decapitations and other gruesome killings have hit Tijuana since Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited the border city last week and called it a success in his drug war.