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".
The wife of Ted Robbins, Judy, says her husband is 'doing well' in hospital.
She also made an appeal to the doctor in the audience who came to Ted's rescue.
In a message this morning she wrote:
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are tied at one set all after the Scot fought back to win the second set 7-6 (7-4).
Vying to lift his first ever Australian Open title, Murray fashioned four set points in the decisive tie break, and clinched the set with an inspired return on the third.
Djokovic had earlier clinched an epic opening set in 72 minutes after an equally tense tie break which he surrendered with a second serve return into the net.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will contest a second set tie break with the match delicately poised.
Vying to lift his first ever Australian Open title, Murray couldn't take advantage of set point at 5-4 on the Djokovic serve.
The Serbian had earlier clinched an epic opening set in 72 minutes after a tense tie break which he surrendered with a second serve return into the net.
The Conservatives will protect the schools budget if the party wins the next General Election, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has indicated.
Ms Morgan said she is "absolutely fighting for the schools budget to be protected", hinting that she had already won the battle.
Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show whether the schools budget will be protected, Morgan said: "We're going to have more to say on schools funding very shortly but what I can say is that I am absolutely fighting for the schools budget to be protected."
"It goes back to the point, the announcement that we're making today, which is actually about getting the basics right really early on and that's why the investment is in the schools budget."
Andy Murray has clawed Novak Djokovic back to 4-4 in the second set after breaking the Serbian with a ferocious forehand winner.
World number one Djokovic clinched the opening set in 72 minutes after a tense tie break which could have gone either way.
Novak Djokovic has broken Andy Murray in the second set and leads 3-2 in games as the Scot battles to stay in the Australian Open final.
World number one Djokivc clinched the opening set 7-6 (7-5) following a tense tie break.
European Union rules on what British farmers must grow are a "problem", the Environment Secretary has said.
Liz Truss said she saw the damaging impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on the UK farming industry "all the time".
Truss told the Sunday Telegraph: "There are benefits to being in a single market, but there are serious costs.
"The three crop rule means that Brussels bureaucrats are going to be deciding what our farmers produce, rather than what consumers want, which is a problem."
Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears made light of her apparent outburst during the Scot's semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych as she took her seat for today's final wearing a 'parental advisory explicit content' T-shirt.
She was caught on camera apparently swearing last week as tensions boiled over during a feisty encounter between Murray and Berdych.
Murray is currently one set down against Djokovic in the Melbourne final following a tense tie break which the Serbian clinched 7-5.
Labour's election strategist Douglas Alexander has refused to rule out a coalition with the SNP.
The shadow foreign secretary was repeatedly pressed on whether Labour would do a deal with Nicola Sturgeon's party in the event of a hung parliament but said he was "not going to play that game".
"If you want change in Scotland my message is clear - the safest, securest vote is for the Labour Party because otherwise you risk David Cameron getting back into Downing Street," Alexander told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.
"She [Sturgeon] is trying to get Labour voters to vote SNP to get a Labour government. My message is vote Labour for a Labour government'."