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IS claims it beheaded Japanese hostage Goto

Saturday, 31 January 2015 15:13
Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. In it, Goto is seen kneeling, dressed in an orange outfit, as a masked man standing beside him with a knife blames the Japanese government for his "slaughter." It ends with a still photo of the body with the head resting on the back. The executioner appears to be the man known as Jihadi John,…
Islamic State hostage drama reveals 'chink in the armor'
Friday, 30 January 2015 23:52
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through…
First lady defends 'American Sniper' at veterans event
Friday, 30 January 2015 23:52
NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated "American Sniper," which has received criticism for its depiction of war. Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor for his portrayal of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, joined Obama and media heavyweights in Washington, D.C., on Friday to launch "6 Certified" with representatives from Warner Bros.
New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million
Friday, 30 January 2015 23:52
(Reuters) - New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million, officials said on Friday. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police officers who said they believed he was carrying a gun. "This was a tragic case," New York City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci…
IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
Friday, 30 January 2015 22:51
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through…
Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe
Friday, 30 January 2015 22:51
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney John Walsh that Denver police have a history of conducting lengthy investigations that "serve only to exonerate its officers.
Hagel: U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq
Friday, 30 January 2015 21:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets. "I think it may require a forward deployment…
Newtown debate: Was Adam Lanza's mom a victim?
Friday, 30 January 2015 21:50
View gallery Snow-covered stuffed animals with photos attached sit at a memorial in Newtown, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. … HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut panel developing a report on the Newtown massacre debated Friday whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter's mother, a woman who has been faulted for contributing to the tragedy by fostering her son's fascination with guns.
Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail
Friday, 30 January 2015 12:40
Kiev (AFP) - Pro-Russian separatists vowed on Friday to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further if truce talks with Kiev's pro-Western leaders fail as the bitter conflict killed another 19 civilians. Plans for the negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk were announced on Thursday, raising hopes of dialogue after the collapse of a September truce in a nine-month war that has killed over 5,100 people, according to the United Nations.
Qaeda group launches assault on Western-backed Syria rebels
Friday, 30 January 2015 12:40
Beirut (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria battled Western-backed rebels Friday as the jihadists pressed their bid to seize control of northern areas, a monitoring group and rebels said. The fighting comes nearly three months after Al-Nusra Front expelled another group of Western-backed opposition fighters from Idlib province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists launched their offensive against the Western-armed Hazem movement on Thursday in Aleppo province. "The jihadists expelled the rebels…
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