Japan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked

January 31, 2015 8:01 AM

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A Japanese television crew reports the news of a Jordanian and a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State group militants, in front of the Japanese embassy, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, poses for a picture after attending Muslim's Friday prayers, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown F...

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