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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday condemned the announcement by Islamic State militants that they had beheaded second Japanese hostage as "heinous and despicable," ending a hostage standoff that has rocked the pacifist nation. IS claimed in a video released online that it had killed 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto -- the second purported beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week -- but made no mention of a Jordanian pilot it has also threatened to kill. Jordan's King Abdullah II denounced Goto's murder as a "cowardly, criminal act" and said every effort was being made "to seek the release of the hero pilot Maaz Kassasbeh", captured after his F-16 plane crashed in Syria in December.
World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Grand Slam Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the luckless Scot. Djokovic has now beaten Murray in three of the Scot's four Australian final losses following earlier wins in 2011 and 2013, although the Murray defeated him in his two major triumphs at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.