Iraq Hostages Said About to Be Released

An unofficial French negotiator told a radio station Friday that two journalists held for more than a month in Iraq could be released within hours. Philippe Brett told Europe-1 radio he was with the two Frenchmen and negotiations were being finalized for their release. The journalists, Christian Chesnot, 37, and George Malbrunot, 41, and their Syrian driver disappeared Aug. 20 while apparently driving toward Najaf. Full Story

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