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Syria frees detained US journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says two American journalists who were detained by Syrian authorities have been released and are safe at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus.

  A department spokesman said Thursday that Holli Chmela and Taylor Luck are in good condition and getting in touch with their families after being picked up while allegedly trying to illegally cross into Syria from neighboring Lebanon.

  Their disappearance earlier this month prompted the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to appeal for information about their whereabouts.

  The pair worked for the English-language Jordan Times in Amman.

  They were reported missing by their families after they failed to return to Amman last weekend from a vacation in Lebanon. They last had been heard from on Oct. 1.

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