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Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

A short video apparently depicting the decapitation of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was released late Saturday by the Islamic State.

On Tuesday, the Islamic State said it would swap a kidnapped Japanese journalist for an Iraqi woman convicted in a 2005 suicide bombing plot. On Wednesday, Jordan raised the stakes: the woman for a Jordanian pilot the Islamic State captured in December.

The Islamic State on Tuesday gave the Japanese and Jordanian governments less than 24 hours to release a female militant who’s been on Jordan’s death row since 2005, in exchange for the release of a kidnapped Japanese journalist and the life of a captured Jordanian fighter pilot.

Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed Tuesday to have lifted the Islamic State’s four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run.

One is a famous freelance journalist who thought his Japanese nationality would protect him when he traveled to Syria two months after the video execution of American freelancer James Foley.

The most recent deadline for Jordan to release an Islamist prisoner before the Islamic State executed a captured Jordanian pilot passed at sundown Thursday with no indication that an agreement was near on a deal to swap the two people.

The Islamic State on Saturday claimed it had murdered Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after Japan failed to pay a $200 million ransom for two men it kidnapped last year in Syria.

A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.

The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

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