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The recent killings of two Japanese by Islamic State militants are among the telling signs of an increased terror threat in the Asia-Pacific that puts the world’s most populous region and leading growth engine at “elevated risk,” the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum said on Friday.

“We continue to see a rise in the spread of violent extremism worldwide,” Oscar Valenzuela, the new chairman of a working group that helps APEC’s 21 members coordinate on counterterrorism, told reporters after a three-day meeting at Subic Bay in Ologapo, the Philippines.

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