VIENNA, Austria --
An Austrian official says the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi told him efforts to win the freedom of two Austrian tourists taken hostage in North Africa are going well. Saif Gadhafi is acting as an intermediary in efforts to get the hostages freed. Joerg Haider, governor of the southern Austrian province of Carinthia, says Gadhafi told him Saturday that he is "very optimistic" after intensive negotiations with the Islamic militants holding the pair.
Wolfgang Ebner and Andrea Kloiber disappeared in Tunisia last month. Al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa says it is holding the couple and has demanded the release of some of its members in jails in Tunisia and Algeria.
The group has given the Austrian government until midnight (7 p.m. EDT) Sunday to comply.
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