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US oil worker hostage to be released in Nigeria

Nigerian militants holding nine foreign oil workers said they would release one U.S. hostage on his birthday on Wednesday. Asked whether Macon Hawkins, a Texan who turned 69 on Wednesday and suffers from diabetes, would be freed, the militants replied in an email to Reuters: “He will be released today.” The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has been holding nine men — three Americans including Hawkins, one Briton, two Egyptians, two Thais and a Filipino — since February 18 when they were snatched from a barge operated by U.S. oil services company Willbros. Full Story

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