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Japan's Abe calls latest hostage deadline 'despicable'

TOKYO (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the Japanese and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage. The effort to free Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh gained urgency with the release of an apparent ultimatum late Tuesday from the Islamic State group. In the message, the extremists say the two...

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