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ISIL hostage Kenji Goto's mother begs for his release

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ISIL hostage Kenji Goto's mother begs for his release

<p>The distraught mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, held captive by the militant group calling itself Islamic State (<span class="caps">ISIL</span>)along with another Japanese, has begged the militants to free her son. </p> <p><span class="caps">ISIL</span> had threatened to execute the reporter and his friend Haruna Yukawa unless they received 200 million US dollars (around 177 million euros) before a 0650 <span class="caps">CET</span> deadline on Friday (January 23).</p> <p>As that ransom deadline passed, Japanese officials said the hostages’ lives were their top priority.</p> <p>They have declined to say if any ransom would be paid but have said they will not bow to “terrorist threats”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KenjiGoto?src=hash">#KenjiGoto</a>, one of the two hostages held by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ISIL?src=hash">#ISIL</a>, committed to covering plight of Syrian civilians. <a href="http://t.co/bXFbc10pbW">pic.twitter.com/bXFbc10pbW</a> (via <a href="https://twitter.com/shephardm"><code>shephardm</a>)</p>&mdash; Keith Walker (</code>KeithWalkerNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/KeithWalkerNews/status/558566858115518464">January 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>