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Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining Islamic State hostage's release

Jan 26, 2015    

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries on Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.The chief government spokesman refused direct comment on the contents of talks with Jordan, where a Japanese envoy is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto.The Islamic State group said in an online video on Jan. 20 that it had two Japanese hostages and would kill them within 72 hours unless it paid $200 million.Over the weekend, a new, unverified video showed a still photo of Goto, a 47-year-old...

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