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Libya Expected To Release Local Reporter

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James Foley, a GlobalPost reporter from New Hampshire. (credit:

James Foley, a GlobalPost reporter from New Hampshire. (credit:

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston-based GlobalPost says it has received reports that one of its American freelance contributors taken prisoner by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been located and is expected to be released.

The website said Friday that reports from Libyan and U.S. officials say James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., and three other journalists are expected to be taken to Tripoli and then released.

GlobalPost President and CEO Philip Balboni said the news organization has not been able to independently confirm the reports.

The other journalists are Clare Morgana Gillis, an American freelance journalist and contributor to The Atlantic; Spanish photographer Manu Brabo and South African photographer Anton Hammerl.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the journalists were taken captive Tuesday while reporting on the outskirts of Brega.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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