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IS Deadline for Japanese Hostages Expires

The deadline of a demand for Japan to hand over $200 million to Islamic State militants for the release of two Japanese citizens has expired. There was no immediate word Friday on the fate of the two men. Earlier Friday, the mother of one of the Japanese men being held hostage by the militants urged the Japanese government to pay the jihadists ransom to spare her son's life. Hours before the deadline passed, Junko Ishido, the mother of Kenji Goto, asked the government to pay the...

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