Melbourne (AFP) - 10:30 GMT - Protesters? - A couple of spectators have jumped down behind the players seats and unfurled some kind of banner at the changeover so there's a slight delay as they are escoreted from the Rod Laver Arena by some burly yellow-shirted security guards.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists. IS claimed in a video released online Saturday that it had killed 47-year-old Kenji Goto -- the second beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week -- but made no mention of a captured Jordanian pilot it had also threatened to kill. He directly addresses Abe, saying the killing was the result of "reckless" decisions by the Japanese government -- a possible reference to aid money that Tokyo gave to help refugees fleeing IS-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq -- and would mark the beginning of a "nightmare for Japan".