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Latest update : 2008-02-13

An Iraqi translator working for the American television network CBS was freed in Iraq on Wednesday, though the British journalist he was working with is still being held after the two were kidnapped at gunpoint in Basra on Sunday.

An Iraqi translator kidnapped with a British journalist at the weekend in the southern city of Basra was freed on Wednesday, a member of a powerful Shiite militia said.
  
"Negotiations are continuing for the release of the British journalist," Harith al-Adhari, a director of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's office in Basra, told AFP.
  
"The translator has been released and is now at the Hotel Palace Sultan," he said.
  
The Briton and his Iraqi translator working for US television network CBS were taken at gunpoint by masked men from the hotel on Sunday. They have not been named.

Date created : 2008-02-13

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