Japanese diplomat says efforts to free Islamic State group hostage in 'state of deadlock'

January 31, 2015 7:00 AM

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Japanese diplomat says efforts to free Islamic State group hostage in 'state of deadlock'

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 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) (The Associated Press)

AMMAN, Jordan – A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

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