Islamic State threat to kill Japanese hostages hijacks Abe's Middle East agenda

January 20, 2015 7:45 AM

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Islamic State threat to kill Japanese hostages hijacks Abe's Middle East agenda

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks at photos of Jewish Holocaust victims at the Hall of Names, during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum, in Jerusalem. The release of an online video Tuesday purporting to show an Islamic State figure demanding $200 million in ransom for two Japanese hostages ambushed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he was wrapping up a six-day tour of the Middle East. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool) (The Associated Press)

TOKYO – The release of an online video Tuesday purporting to show an Islamic State figure demanding $200 million in ransom for two Japanese hostages ambushed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he was wrapping up a six-day tour of the Middle East.

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