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Japan's PM: I will never forgive these terrorists

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has condemned the apparent killing of Kenji Goto and vowed that his country will not give into terrorism.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: APTN Direct

I feel strong indignation at this inhumane and contemptible act of terrorism. I will never forgive these terrorists.

Japan will work with the international community to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.

– Shinzo Abe


Japan government condemns IS 'hostage killing' video

A spokesman for the Japanese government has condemned a video released by Islamic State extremists which appears to show journalist hostage Kenji Goto being beheaded.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga Credit: Reuters

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the cabinet would be meeting to discuss its response.

I cannot help feeling strong indignation that an inhuman and despicable act of terrorism like this has been committed again.

We resolutely condemn this.

– Yoshihide Suga, Japanese chief cabinet secretary

White House 'strongly condemns' IS after latest video

The US government has said it "strongly condemns" actions by Islamic State militants after a video was posted online appearing to show the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

In a statement, the White House called for all remaining hostages to be released and said it was working to confirm the authenticity of the video.

We have seen the video purporting to show that Japanese citizen Kenji Goto has been murdered by the terrorist group ISIL.

We are working to confirm its authenticity. The United States strongly condemns ISIL's actions and we call for the immediate release of all remaining hostages. We stand in solidarity with our ally Japan.

– Bernadette Meehan, White House National Security Council spokeswoman

British 'Jihadi John' appears to kill Japanese journalist

The British sounding Islamist fighter who has become known as 'Jihadi John' appears in the latest unverified video from Islamic State militants.

The video, which lasts one minute and seven seconds, took the same format at the previous execution videos, with the hostage Kenji Goto kneeling on the ground before the black-clothed fighter.

Speaking in English, he said:

To the Japanese government: You, like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah's grace, are an Islamic Caliphate with authority and power, an entite army thirsty for your blood.

Abe, because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.

– Islamist fighter.

No mention was made of the Jordanian pilot Mu'adh al-Kasasibah.


Japanese govt trying to authenticate IS video

The Japanese government is attempting to authenticate a video purporting to show the beheading of Kenji Goto, the so-called Islamic State captive.

Kenji Goto. Credit: Press Association

SITE Intelligence group said the video features the same killer as previous videos, known as 'Jihadi John', killing the kneeling captive.

Donations for attacked pensioner smash £160k barrier

An online campaign to raise cash for a disabled pensioner has topped £160,000 - smashing the original target of just £500.

The GoFundMepage was set up by Katie Cutler, who took pity on 67-year-old Alan Barnes after hearing of his terror at returning home to Low Fell in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where he was badly beaten up in an attempted robbery.

The total has now topped £160,000 Credit: GoFundMe

Mr Barnes was born with a number of disabilities, including visual impairments and stunted growth, after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy.

He was knocked to the ground and threatened in the attack last week, which left him with a broken collar bone.

Ms Cutler set up the page to raise a few hundred pounds to help him in his search for new accommodation - but with donations of up to £1,000 a time flooding in over the past two days, the original target has been beaten many times over.

10% paramedic vacancies 'an underestimation'

Richard Webber from the College of Paramedics said the 10% staff shortage uncovered by Labour across England is an underestimation, as some ambulance chiefs are filling some of the posts with less qualiflied care assistants. In an interview with the Times, he said:

Trusts have run short for a number of reasons: pressure and stress is causing people to leave, and there also more opportunities for paramedics than there used to be.

The public are not getting paramedics out treating them in the numbers they should.

The public are not getting paramedics out treating them in the numbers they should. Paramedics have better assessment skills and a wider range of treatments so people with severe illness may not be getting the best care immediately.

– Richard Webber
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