Kenji Goto, Sajida al-Rishawi and Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh
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Islamic State hostages: Families appeal for release

The families of a Japanese and a Jordanian hostage being held by Islamic State (IS) have made personal appeals for their safe return.

The messages were issued as a deadline set by the militants has passed and the fate of the hostages is still unclear.

Jordan has said it is ready to swap an al-Qaeda prisoner for its captured fighter pilot but IS will only free the Japanese hostage in return.

Frank Gardner reports.

  • 29 Jan 2015
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