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American held in Yemen is freed


A freelance journalist who was among several Americans held by Shiite rebels in Yemen has been set free.

   The State Department identifies the American as Casey Coombs. He's now been taken to Oman, which mediated the deal to win his release. A spokeswoman says Coombs was injured.

   He'd been in Yemen working for the Intercept online news website and other publications.

   The rebels, known as Houthis (HOO'-theez), seized Yemen's capital last year, and they've been the target of an air campaign backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia since March.

   Meanwhile, a video has surfaced showing a kidnapped Frenchwoman pleading for help. The woman is Isabelle Prime, a World Bank consultant who was kidnapped in February in Yemen's capital, which is held by rebels. In the video, she appears frail and anguished, and urges the leaders of France and Yemen to allow her to return to France.

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