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A timeline of Japan's Islamic State hostage crisis

Jan 28, 2015

A timeline of Japan's Islamic State hostage crisis

Here is a brief summary of the major events that have led up to the current hostage crisis involving Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. July 28: Haruna Yukawa, with the ambition of working as a private military contractor, returns to the Middle East. Aug. ...

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

Jan 28, 2015

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

A fossil human jawbone found in waters off Taiwan indicates the existence of a new type of primitive man that lived at least 10,000 years ago, an international team said Tuesday in Nature Communications, an online British science journal. The team believes the finding ...

Jan 28, 2015

Court approves use of GPS data in burglary trial

The Osaka District Court is upholding the use of data from police GPS tracking devices which officers attached to cars suspected of being used by criminals. Presiding Judge Hidenori Nagai decided Tuesday to admit as evidence data from such devices even though they were ...

Religious leaders hold solidarity rally for Goto in Tokyo

Jan 28, 2015

Religious leaders hold solidarity rally for Goto in Tokyo

Some 80 religious leaders from Japan’s Muslim, Christian and Buddhist communities gathered in front of the prime minister’s Tokyo office on Tuesday to pray for the release of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. Participants recited ...