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Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 15:01
US offers Japan condolences over 'IS killing'
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US President Barack Obama has telephoned Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to offer his condolences after the apparent murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State.

Obama said the US stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan.

Abe said he accepted that a video claiming Haruna Yukawa had been killed by IS was likely to be authentic.

The prime minister has demanded the release of a second Japanese hostage in the video, said to be Kenji Goto.

 
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