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Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

A woman along with other protesters hold a placard and chant "Free Goto" during a rally outside the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants wil…

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Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

Protesters chant "Free Goto" during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety ar…

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji

Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji

A man beats a drum as he and others demand the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, taken hostage by Islamic State, during a rally outside the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage an…

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Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

A protester holds placards during a rally outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,” a…

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VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

Buddhist monks and other religious group members hold banners and placards to voice their demand about the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto taken by the Islamic State, during a rally outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A Japanese envoy i…

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Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after he signed a book of condolence for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of…

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Muslims residing in Japan offer Friday prayers at Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan, in Tokyo. 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 breakthroug…

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Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

Japan's Government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga points a reporter during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Ja…

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Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows after signing a condolence book for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabia Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostage…

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Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan's Government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, right, accompanied by a sign language interpreter answers questions during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he was "speechless" after an…

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Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, second right, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves from the prime minister's office in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese ho…

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Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Japan's Government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga points a reporter during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one …

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Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

Japan's Government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga points a reporter during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angrily demanded Sunday that the extremist Islamic State group release a Japanese journali…

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

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/E…

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

A TV news program reports two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Muslims 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 is fast approaching Friday with no signs of a breakthrough. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

One of 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 …

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

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/E…

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Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

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/E…

January 23, 2015 11:14 pmLoading…
IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

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/E…

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IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, prepares to attend a press conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, prepares to attend a press conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, reads a message to hostage takers during a press conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP …

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IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, prepares to attend a press conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, looks on before a news conference about two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Tsuneoka, who was held hostage in Afghanistan in 2010, also o…

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Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, listens during a news conference about the two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Tsuneoka, who was held hostage in Afghanistan in 2010, also offe…

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Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, speaks about the two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Tsuneoka, who was held hostage in Afghanistan in 2010, also offered to reach out to the Islamic Sta…

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Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, speaks about the two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Tsuneoka, who was held hostage in Afghanistan in 2010, also offered to reach out to the Islamic Sta…

January 22, 2015 6:20 pmLoading…
Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages

Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, prepares to attend a news conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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US stocks head lower in early trading

US stocks head lower in early trading

People walk past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Asian stock markets rose Tuesday, and Shanghai rebounded from a dramatic dive the day before, after China's economic slowdown in the fourth quarter wasn't as sharp as feared. Japan's Nikkei 225 …

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US stocks head lower in early trading

US stocks head lower in early trading

Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Asian stock markets rose Tuesday, and Shanghai rebounded from a dramatic dive the day before, after China's economic slowdown in the fourth quarter wasn't as sharp as feared. (AP Pho…

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US stocks head lower in early trading

US stocks head lower in early trading

A man walks past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Asian stock markets rose Tuesday, and Shanghai rebounded from a dramatic dive the day before, after China's economic slowdown in the fourth quarter wasn't as sharp as feared. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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US stocks head lower in early trading

US stocks head lower in early trading

A man walks past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Asian stock markets rose Tuesday, and Shanghai rebounded from a dramatic dive the day before, after China's economic slowdown in the fourth quarter wasn't as sharp as feared. Japan's Nikkei 225 …

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Japan retailer Uniqlo to step up controls on China suppliers

Japan retailer Uniqlo to step up controls on China suppliers

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, customers throng to the newly opened Uniqlo flagship store in Shanghai, China. Japanese fashion giant Fast Retailing Co., which makes popular Uniqlo brand clothing, is tightening controls on treatment of workers at key suppliers’ factories in China f…

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2006: James Brown

2006: James Brown

In 2006, James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," died in Atlanta at age 73.

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SONY-CIBERATAQUE SEGURIDAD

SONY-CIBERATAQUE SEGURIDAD

En esta foto de archivo del 18 de diciembre de 2014, gente sale de la sede de Sony Corp. en Tokio. Ante el auge del delito informático ejemplificado por el ataque a Sony Pictures Entertainment, empresas en todo el mundo se ven forzadas a incrementar la seguridad, pero para algunas los costos…

December 19, 2014 10:14 am
Japan Small Fries

Japan Small Fries

A small fries is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Javier Aguirre

Javier Aguirre

El técnico de Japón Javier Aguirre posa para fotos durante la presentación de la nueva camiseta del equipo con miras a la Copa Asiática el 15 de diciembre del 2014. Aguirre ha sido acusado de participar en el arreglo de un partido cuando dirigía al Zaragoza en España. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

December 15, 2014 9:35 am
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Newly-crowned Miss International Valerie Hernandez Matiasv of Puerto Rico poses during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss Nicaragua Jeimmy Garcia competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss Great Britain Victoria Charlotte Tooby competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss USA Samantha Brooks competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss USA Samantha Brooks competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss International Beauty Pageant

Miss Vietnam Dang Thu Thao competes in the costume competition during the final of Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm

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