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Journalist’s captors threaten death

GAZA CITY — The captors of British Broadcasting Corp. journalist Alan Johnston balked yesterday at demands by Hamas to release him and repeated their threats to kill him if Britain failed to free an Islamist prisoner, the SITE Institute reported.

Mr. Johnston was spending his 100th day in captivity in the Gaza Strip. The Islamist group Hamas, which took over the Palestinian territory last week, said it was still working to secure his release.

“Unless [Britain responds] to these demands, there will be no way out for this captive … even if we have to slaughter him,” SITE reported a spokesman for the Army of Islam as saying in a video. SITE is an independent service that monitors Islamist Web sites.


Iwo Jima name changed to Iwo To

TOKYO — Japan has changed the name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, site of the famous World War II battle, to its original name of Iwo To after residents there were prodded into action by two recent Clint Eastwood movies.

The new name in Japanese looks and means the same as Iwo Jima — or Sulfur Island — but sounds different, the Japanese Geographical Survey Institute said.

Iwo Jima was the site of the battle immortalized by the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on the islet’s Mount Suribachi.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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