Japan won't give up on effort save 2 IS hostages 'until the very end' after deadline passes

January 24, 2015 5:30 AM

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Japan won't give up on effort save 2 IS hostages 'until the very end' after deadline passes

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister, talks to media in Amman, Jordan. Japan promised Saturday not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom, after a deadline passed with no word from the captors. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh) (The Associated Press)

Muslims residing in Japan offer Friday prayers at Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan, in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The deadline for paying ransom for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group was fast approaching early Friday with no signs of a breakthrough. (AP Photo/Eugene Ho...

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