Tokyo (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.
Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudan's strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Sunday. "They are in good health and are in a safe place with a team of the United Nations (World) Food Programme," foreign ministry spokeswoman Betina Zhoteva said. The WFP six workers were taken into custody by Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on Jan 26, when their helicopter made an emergency landing in South Kordofan. SPLM-N spokesman Mubarak Ardol confirmed to Reuters that the six Bulgarians’ transfer to the United Nations was complete, after they were moved from rebel-held territories in Sudan to the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, where they were handed over to the United Nations.