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Four 'New York Times' Journalists Released

A combo photo shows the four journalists who had been missing in Libya.
Four "New York Times" journalists who had been held by Libya have been released.

A spokesman for the Turkish Embassy in Washington says the journalists were handed over to the Turkish ambassador in Tripoli and were expected to cross the border into Tunisia today.

"The New York Times" also was reporting the release on its website.

Libyan authorities say the journalists were captured last week by forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi during fighting in the eastern part of the country.

"The New York Times" reported that the four had entered the rebel-controlled area from Egypt without visas, as many Western journalists have.

The journalists are reporter Anthony Shadid, photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell.

In 2009, Farrell was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos.

compiled from agency reports