Japan vows not to give up on hostages held by ISIS

January 24, 2015 5:44 AM

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Japan vowed Saturday not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue two Japanese hostages held by ISIS and threatened with beheading if the group's $200 million ransom is not paid as the deadline passes without word from the captors.

Militants affiliated with the group posted an online warning Friday that the "countdown has begun" for the extremists to kill 47-year-old Kenji Goto and 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa. ISIS gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 72 hours to pay the ransom.

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