Japan's defence minister Gen Nakatani has said a purported Islamic State video that seems to show the murder of hostage Kenji Goto "appears genuine".
Australian journalist Peter Greste has been freed from an Egyptian jail and is on his way to the airport, according to officials.
Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is expected to leave Egypt for Australia this afternoon, according to a state news agency.
Today marks 400 days since the Al Jazeera journalist was imprisoned.
Pope Francis has said he would make a one-day trip to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, his latest visit to a country where Islam is the dominant religion amid growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
After the weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, the pope told pilgrims he would go to Sarajevo on June 6 to encourage "reconciliation, peace, inter-religious dialogue and friendship".
It will be the first papal trip to Sarajevo in 18 years. Pope John Paul II ignored apparent assassination threats to visit the war-torn city in 1997, when he urged greater dialogue between Bosniak Muslims, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs.
The search for a man who was swept out to sea as he scattered ashes on the north Cornwall coast has ended.
"Sadly no sign has been found of him," the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.
"Coastguard teams from Port Isaac and Boscastle have been carrying out a shoreline search this morning," the agency added.
The fight against Islamic extremism is a "generational struggle", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said
Speaking during a visit to Australia, Hammond said it was "important" to recognise that "the underlying challenge of extremist Islamism is going to be with us for a long while".
"This is a generational struggle against this ideology and we are going to have to fight these battles, not just in the Middle East, but in other parts of the world as well," the Foreign Secretary said.
"There is no where that is safe from this challenge and we need to work together to be two or three steps ahead in the chess game," he added.
World leaders have condemned the murder of a Japanese journalist by Islamic State militants in Syria. Kenji Goto's killing comes less than a week after the death of another man from Japan held by the group. The country's Prime Minister has vowed not to 'give in to terrorism'.
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The family of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she was a "tiger" and that they were hopeful she would pull through..
Her cousin Jerod Brown told NBC News she was going through a "hard time" as the anniversary of her mother's death approaches.
"She's been through a lot, you know what I'm saying. This is a hard time, it's her mother's anniversary of her death," Jerod Brown said.
"It's been a hard time, it's a rough time of year," he said, adding, "But she's a tiger, she's going to pull through it."
A Kiev military spokesman has said that 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
A further 20 soldiers were wounded in the clashes, spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy said in a televised briefing.