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Photo: Steam pumps skyward from Japan's Sakurajima volcano on Kyushu Island - @EarthUncutTV

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President Obama on death of Kenji Goto: 'Through his reporting, Mr. Goto courageously sought to convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world. Our thoughts are with Mr. Goto's family and loved ones, and we stand today in solidarity with Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people in denouncing this barbaric act'

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on execution of hostage Kenji Goto: 'I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act of terrorism' - @AP

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Japanese Prime Minister Abe says Japan will work with international community to bring those responsible for Goto's murder to justice - @Reuters

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Japan

White House says the US is working to confirm the authenticity of Islamic State video purporting to show execution of Japanese hostage - @Reuters

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Editor's note: In the video depicting the execution of Kenji Goto; a hooded man addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo 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' - Tom

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Video purports to show Islamic State militants beheading journalist Kenji Goto; Japanese government trying to verify video - @AP, @Reuters

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Editor's note: Agence France-Press, citing the SITE Intelligence Group, says Islamic State militants claim they have beheaded their Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto So far, I've seen no confirmation from official sources. - Tom

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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, MX

Editor's note: The 2 balloon pilots who crossed the Pacific just landed about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their flight, which began in Japan a week ago, covered 7,000 miles. - Tom

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Japan's negotiations with Islamic State militants threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist has become 'deadlocked,' foreign minister says - @STForeignDesk

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Japan

Photo: Ash venting from Sakurajima volcano on Japan's Kyushu Island @EarthUncutTV

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Japan

Report: Japan's inflation rate slowed in December to its lowest level in a year and half - @KitchenNews

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Japan's December industrial output +1% month-over-month versus +1.3% estimate. Manufacturers see Jan output +6.3% month-over-month vs previous +5.7% forecast - @CNBCWorld

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Wife of Japanese hostage held by Islamic State urges Japanese and Jordanian governments to work for his release shortly before deadline set by his captors expires - @Reuters

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More: Message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto says Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh will be killed if Sajida al-Rishawi isn't released - @Reuters

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New alleged Islamic State video purports to feature Japanese hostage Kenji Goto saying Jordan must present Sajida al-Rishawi at Turkish border by sunset Thursday - @WilliamsJon, @NatSecCNN

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Speaking shortly after presumed prisoner swap deadline set by Islamic State militants had passed, mother of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto tells media, 'My emotions are all over the place' - @Reuters

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Jordanian pilot's father says his government is not taking hostage negotiations with the Islamic State militants holding his son seriously: 'The government needs to work seriously, the way one would do to free a son, like the Japanese government does' - @AP

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Japan

Earthquake: M 4.8 - 115km SSE of Naze, Japan

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Editor's note: We're seeing reports that a deal has been struck with the Islamic State to secure the release of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot. This hasn't yet been confirmed. - Jillian

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