Japan's Abe 'fighting against time' to seek release of hostages held by Islamic State

January 21, 2015 8:30 AM

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Japan's Abe 'fighting against time' to seek release of hostages held by Islamic State

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (The Associated Press)

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that he was expending maximum efforts in a "tough fight against time" to free two hostages the Islamic State group is threatening to kill within 72 hours.

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