Prime Minister David Cameron defended Britain's secret services and vowed to defeat jihadists Friday after media reports named Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi. "We will do everything we can with the police, the security services, with all that we have at our disposal, to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said at a press conference in Wales. "Jihadi John", believed to be the IS militant responsible for beheading at least five Western hostages, was identified Thursday by media and experts as a Kuwaiti-born computing graduate who had lived in London since the age of six.
MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.
European shares held steady at seven-year highs on Friday as investor confidence stayed buoyant ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly 60-billion-euro money-printing program set to start in March. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares has surged 14 percent this year, its strongest start to the year since regional stock market benchmarks were created in 1986. "The market's had a good run and it's the end of the month so we're going to see it drift lower today as people book some profit," ETX Capital's head of trading, Joe Rundle, said. Investors have bought more higher-yielding assets, such as equities, as yields on core European government bonds have tumbled into or close to negative territory on the prospect of the ECB's quantitative easing program.