Deadline Passes for Croatian Hostage Held by ISIS Militants in Egypt

Police searches and diplomatic efforts intensified over the fate of a Croatian hostage held in Egypt by Islamic State extremists, who threatened to kill him Friday if the government did not release imprisoned Islamist women.

The group’s Egyptian affiliate said Wednesday that it would kill 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek in 48 hours if the Egyptian government did not release jailed “Muslim women” — a reference to those detained in the government’s crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists