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Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo and Amman to save her husband (AFP Story)

Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo and Amman to save her husband (AFP Story)

TOKYO (AFP) - The wife of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is being threatened with execution by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, broke her silence Thursday hours before the deadline for a hostage swap that could save his life. As a sunset cutoff for a prisoner exchange on the Turkish-Syrian border loomed, the wife, who signed her name only "Rinko," said she was begging Tokyo and Amman to save the lives of her husband and a Jordanian pilot. ISIS militants say they will kill the airman unless Jordan frees failed Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi in exchange for Goto. "In the past 20 hours, the kidnappers have sent me what appears to be their latest and final demand," Rinko said in a statement published on the website of the Rory Peck Trust, an organisation that supports freelance journalists. Audio of Rinko Goto, wife of Kenji Goto, appealing to IS ...

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