VIENNA, Austria 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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