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Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015



Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015


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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 WORLD 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA IS silent on hostages fate JAPAN vowed to never give up its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed. Whether freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, the self-employed contractor he had gone to rescue, were alive remained unknown a day after the deadline to secure their release expired with no word from their captors. The Islamist militants had threatened to kill the hostages if they did not receive $200 million in 72 hours, which Tokyo interpreted as meaning mid-Friday afternoon. Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, who was heading Japans efforts to rescue its two nationals, told reporters: It is a very difficult path to see their release, despite a variety of routes. We are focusing on scrutinising information over again. We will never give up. We will bring them home. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said there was nothing new to report after holding a meeting of an emergency taskforce yesterday morning. Islamic State militants released a video this week in which Goto and Yukawa, apparently kneeling in the desert, are threatened with execution by a man with a British accent. The jihadist group, which rules large swathes of Iraq and Syria under a strict form of Islamic law, has murdered five Western hostages since Au gust last year but this is the first time it has threatened Japanese captives. Junko Ishido, Gotos mother, on Friday launched an emotional appeal begging for mercy for her son. I say to you people of the Islamic State, Kenji is not your enemy. Please release him, she said. Japanese officials said they are still trying to secure a channel of communication to contact the Islamic State group as they scrutinise various information. Tokyo has little diplomatic leverage in the Middle East, but local media says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may try to use his close relationship with Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rescue the hostages. Ransom deadline passes for Japanese captives No peace in Ukraine PRO-RUSSIAN rebels in eastern Ukraine have rejected a previously signed peace deal and launched a multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian Government troops. The violence disrupts European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. Separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region Alexander Zakharchenko vowed to push Ukrainian soldiers out of the area and said insurgents would not take part in any more ceasefire talks. Stronghold remains ISLAMIC State jihadists have lost only a tiny fraction of captured territory in Iraq after five months of US-led air strikes, the Pentagon says. Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Government troops have retaken 700sq km mostly in northern Iraq, but IS still holds 55,000sq km. Law catches up A MAN who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago has been arrested in a small central Utah town. Sam Gene Harris, 61, has lived under at least 10 different aliases and escaped from two other jails in Oregon. Jail for militant plan A NINETEEN-year-old US woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years prison. Shannon Conley learned her punishment in Denver federal court as her parents watched on. Hunt on for girl after $5.7m jewellery heist HONG Kong police are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than $HK36 million ($A5.7 million) from a luxury jewellery store. Police say she helped carry out the theft with two women and a man, all aged between 30 and 40. The adults pretended to be customers choosing items from the shop police said, while the girl stole the necklace. The gang of four then left the store before a staff member realised it was missing. The necklace was 100-carat gold embedded with more than 30 diamonds, the South China Morning Post said. The young girl managed to steal a key from a drawer to open a cabinet while staff were distracted, the SCMP said, citing an unnamed police source. The three adults posed as big spenders and demanded employees show them jewellery in an apparent move to divert staff attention, the source said. Local media reported the theft was from the Emperor Jewellery store in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district. Wrong man free after 40 years A SEVENTY-year-old man has been freed from a US prison after a panel of judges found he was wrongly convicted in the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter nearly four decades ago. The judges in Whiteville, North Carolina, heard from a DNA expert who said none of the evidence collected in the case matched Joseph Sledge. A district attorney apologis ed to Sledge and promised to reopen the 1976 slayings case. The system has made a mistake, district attorney Jon David said. The wrong man is in prison. After the judges decision was announced, Sledge was still for a moment, then hugged his lawyer and family. He later said he was looking forward to sleeping in a real bed and maybe swimming in a pool. Sledge was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the September 1976 slayings of Josephine Davis and her daughter, Aileen. They were found stabbed to death in their home in Elizabethtown, a day after Sledge had escaped from a prison work farm where he was serving a four-year sentence for larceny. 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