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BBC News with Jerry Smit
The militant group Islamic State has released video footage that appears to show the beheading of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was kidnapped in Syria in October. From Jordan Kevin Connolly has the latest.
The Japanese government says it's working to verify the grim video which purports to show the murder of the journalist Kenji Goto. But the picture has very strong resemblance to images released when other hostages held by Islamic State were beheaded. The group had set a deadline of sunset on Thursday for a deal in which it said it would release Mr Goto in return for the freedom of Sajida al-Rishawi, an al-Qaeda bomber in a Jordanian jail. The militants are known to have communicated directly with Mr Goto's wife by e-mail, and she had pleaded publicly for his life to be spared. But now it seems that those pleas were ignored.
hostage n. 人质；抵押品
beheaded adj. 身首异处的v. 砍头（behead的过去分词）
communicate vi. 通讯，传达；相通；交流；感染 vt. 传达；感染；显露
resemblance n. 相似；相似之处；相似物；肖像
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