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Fight against Islamic extremism 'a generational struggle'

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 condemn murder of Japanese journalist

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'.

ITV News' Sejal Karia reports:

Jordan strongly condemns killing of Japanese hostage

Jordan has strongly condemned the killing of the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants, according to state television.

Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh was captured when his plane went down in Syria. Credit: ITV News

The Jordanian government strongly condemns the execution of the second Japanese hostage by the terrorist organisation Daesh.

– Jordan's government spokesman

Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto, whom the al Qaeda offshoot had been holding captive along with a Jordanian pilot. An official said Jordan is still ready to hand over an Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi to Islamic State if a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh is released.

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Hostage's mother praises his 'kindness and courage'

Kenji Goto's mother Junko Ishido spoke about her son's 'kindness and courage'. Credit: APTN

Kenji Goto's mother Junko Ishido has spoken of her grief after Islamic State released a video apparently showing the murder of her son.

Speaking to reporters after the video was released Ms Ishido broke down several times.

"I am too upset to find the words to express myself. My son's last act was to go to Syria to help a fellow Japanese. So I want people to understand my son's kindness and courage."

– Kenji Goto's mother Junko Ishido

Mr Goto's brother, Junichi, also paid tribute to the journalist. He said: "I had hoped to give thanks for his return alive. But, as his brother, this outcome is very regrettable."

African Union authorises troops to fight Boko Haram

Ghanian President John Mahama said the African Union would work together to fight Boko Haram. Credit: Stephanie Pilick/DPA/PA

The African Union (AU) has authorised a force of 7,500 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to fight Boko Haram militants, Ghanian President John Mahama told journalists on Saturday.

He added that the nations will meet in the Cameroon capital next week to decide on the joint operation's command structure.

Mr Mahama said: "When they meet in Yaounde the rules of engagement will be agreed by the nations constituting the force. It will allow them to move across borders because Boko Haram does not recognise borders."

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