A file image taken from an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State  purporting  to show two Japanese hostages  Kenji Goto (left)  and Haruna Yukawa (right). It is understood that Mr Yukawa has been killed by his captors.

Efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a “state of deadlock”, a top Japanese diplomat says.The fate o(...)

The first photo taken from the Two Eagles capsule after take-off from Japan. Photograph: @TwoEaglesTeam

Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading towar(...)

Ireland men’s hockey team are hoping to bridge a 67-year gap and be the first to qualify for the Olympic Games in a team sport since the soccer team did in 1948. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Irish men’s team, who are currently in South Africa preparing for the first of their Olympic qualifiers are ranked 15th in the world, while the I(...)

Call it “surrendering to hostage-takers’ blackmail” and the argument is quite simple. Western governments like the US and the British “don’t do dea(...)

Safi Yousef, father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, reads a statement released by Islamic State (IS) during a demonstration to demand the Jordanian government negotiate with IS for the pilot’s release. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Jordan has demanded proof that a military pilot held by Islamic State militants is alive before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about hi(...)

A pedestrian passes  a large screen in Tokyo on Wednesday showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Photograph: Agencies

The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying h(...)

Bin Hammam was banned from football for life in 2011 for offering bribes to Caribbean Football Union officials via former Concacaf president Jack Warner. Photograoh: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has called on Fifa to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, claiming in a new report th(...)

Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: Agencies

Japan has sought help from Jordan and other countries in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, with no signs of p(...)

Newly sworn-in Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) waves to spectators and media as is on his way to enter the prime minister’s offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA. 2:17

Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down (...)

Supporters of the Syriza Party react to exit polls at the party’s election campaign centre in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg 2:17

The euro regained a foothold in early trading on Monday with investors choosing to take some profit on two days of dramatic losses after the results (...)