• This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat?

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.

  • Han Yunhong, an official from the Public Security Bureau listens to questions during a press conference about a law regulating overseas non-governmental organizations held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, April 28, 2016. China passed a much-debated law on foreign non-governmental organizations on Thursday in a move in which Beijing says would better serve the groups but critics are concerned would further restrict them by subjecting them to close police supervision. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China passes law to tighten controls on foreign nonprofits

    BEIJING (AP) — China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party’s control.