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French Crisis Talks on Hostage Crisis, Confusion

The French government held crisis talks on the fate of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq on Wednesday amid growing uncertainty over whether their kidnappers had demanded a ransom and two-day deadline. Top ministers met shortly before a statement purportedly from the kidnappers was posted on a Web site. It denied having issued a statement on Monday demanding $5 million and setting a 48-hour deadline, which would run out on Wednesday. Full Story

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