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The Islamic State: A year of death and destruction

The Islamic State jihadist group launched a sweeping offensive a year ago that overran large chunks of Iraqi territory, led to thousands of deaths and displaced millions of people.

Jun 08, 2015, 07:49 AM IST

Japan seizes passport of journalist trying to visit Syria: Reports

 Japan has seized the passport of a journalist planning to travel to Syria following the brutal killing of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group there, local media said Sunday.

Feb 08, 2015, 14:10 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi condemns killing of Japanese hostages by ISIS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday strongly condemned the "gruesome" killing of two Japanese nationals by ISIS, a day after the terror group claimed the hostages had been beheaded.

Feb 02, 2015, 13:57 PM IST

Barack Obama condemns Japanese hostage`s `heinous murder`

President Barack Obama condemned Saturday the "heinous murder" of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing his beheading.

Feb 01, 2015, 05:53 AM IST

Japan `outraged` after IS claim hostage killing

Japan on Sunday said it was "outraged" after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

Feb 01, 2015, 03:31 AM IST

Japan PM slams `despicable` Islamist execution threat

An angry Japanese prime minister on Wednesday slammed as "utterly despicable" an Islamist militant threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases a jihadi bomber.

Jan 28, 2015, 07:51 AM IST

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose on Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

Jan 27, 2015, 16:13 PM IST

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

  Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.

Jan 27, 2015, 12:44 PM IST

Islamic State confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

The Islamic State group confirmed Sunday its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage, following the release of a video announcing his death.

Jan 26, 2015, 00:47 AM IST

Japan condemns `outrageous` hostage murder

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.

Jan 25, 2015, 19:43 PM IST

Japanese hostage crises: A timeline

The apparent execution of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State militants, marks one of the darkest moments in Japan`s experience of kidnapping.

Jan 25, 2015, 12:40 PM IST

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

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday the "credibility" of a video announcing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State militant group was "high".

Jan 25, 2015, 06:09 AM IST

IS video reminder of group`s `murderous barbarity`: Cameron

The apparent murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State was a reminder of the group`s `murderous barbarity`, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday, as Japan scrambled to verify an online video.

Jan 25, 2015, 02:26 AM IST

US condemns `brutal murder` of Japan hostage by IS: Obama

US President Barack Obama strongly condemned Saturday the killing of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, though the execution has not yet been independently confirmed.

Jan 25, 2015, 02:24 AM IST

ISIS video claims execution of Japanese hostage, Japan PM expresses anger

A picture and a video released by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday claimed that the jihadist group had beheaded Haruna Yukawa — one of the two Japanese nationals it held hostage, reports said.

Jan 24, 2015, 22:54 PM IST

Japan vows to `never give up` search for IS hostages

 Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

Jan 24, 2015, 10:43 AM IST

Japan negotiating for release of Islamic State captives, unaware of their fate

Japan is making every effort to secure the release of two of its citizens by Islamic State militants as a ransom deadline nears, but does not know their current condition, the top government spokesman said on Friday.

Jan 23, 2015, 10:20 AM IST

Japan captive's mother asks Islamic State for his release, ransom deadline looms

The mother of a Japanese journalist being held captive by Islamic State militants along with another Japanese citizen appealed for his safe release on Friday as a ransom deadline neared and the Japanese government raced to respond.

Jan 23, 2015, 07:37 AM IST

Clock ticking for Japanese IS hostages

The clock was ticking Thursday towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom.

Jan 22, 2015, 15:51 PM IST

Japanese reporter's bid to save friend led to IS abduction

 It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for whom Islamic State militants demanded a $200 million ransom this week.

Jan 22, 2015, 14:13 PM IST