Deadline Passes With No Word on Fate of Japanese Hostages

A 72-hour deadline set by ISIS militants demanding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pay a $200 million ransom or two Japanese hostages would be executed passed Friday with no word on the fate of the captives, NBC News reported. The mother of one of the hostages, Kenji Goto, =mother made a public plea for her son's safe return and begged the Japanese government to "please save Kenji's life." Meanwhile, Japanese Twitter users are using a hashtag — which roughly translates to "ISIS Crappy Photoshop Grand Prix" — to promote a nationwide Photoshop battle of satirical images mocking the militants.

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