Sunday, January 22, 2006

[00.00 GMT] Vigil for kidnapped peace worker (BBC News, UK) - "The vigil in the Old Market Square was the second such event organised by Nottingham's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)... Mark Ramsey, from Nottingham CND, is a friend of Norman Kember's. He said: "He's been a pacifist all his life. When he came to do national service, instead he worked in a hospital." Also: Negotiators, clerics work to free American hostage Jill Carroll (Arizona Daily Sun, AZ, USA); Female Prisoners Key in Iraq Hostage Drama (CBS News, USA); Ransom money found on freed German hostage - report (Reuters India, India) - there have been all kinds of rumours circulating about Susanne Osthoff, and they are worth treating with considerable circumspection. Two days after her release, the German government freed a Hizbollah member jailed for life in 1985 for the murder of a US Navy diver. Berlin has denied a connection between the two events. Tough bargaining ahead in Iraq (The Casper Star Tribune, WY, USA).

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