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Japanese IS hostages: approaching deadline raises tension levels

A still taken from the video and supplied to Reuters shows the English-speaking IS militant with the two Japanese. He said the Japanese public had 72 hours to pressure their government to stop its 'foolish' support for the US-led coalition waging a military campaign against Islamic State.


TENSION went up a notch as another day went by without the Japanese authorities making successful contact with the Islamic State (IS), which is holding two Japanese nationals hostage.

A man claiming to be a member of IS had threatened in an online video message on Tuesday to