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Jordan looks for assurances on pilot

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 There's still no word on the fate of two hostages being held by the Islamic State group. A message that purportedly came from the group yesterday warned that the two men had just 24 hours to live.

   One is a Jordanian pilot, and the other is a Japanese journalist.

   Jordan today offered to meet the militants' demand for a prisoner swap -- saying it would free a woman with links to al-Qaida who was convicted in connection with deadly hotel bombings a decade ago.

   That would go against Jordan's hard-line approach to the extremists. But Jordan's government is facing increasing domestic pressure to bring the pilot home. He was captured by the Islamic State group in December.

   There's no sign that a swap is underway. In a possible indication of a holdup, Jordan's foreign minister wrote on his Twitter account that Jordan hasn't yet received evidence that the pilot is alive and healthy.

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