Italian war reporter kidnapped in Syria is freed
ROME (AP) - An Italian war reporter and a Belgian writer who were kidnapped in Syria in April were freed on Sunday, the Italian government said.
A few hours after the announcement, Mr Domenico Quirico, a correspondent for the Turin daily La Stampa, stepped off a plane at a Rome airport and was embraced by Italy's foreign minister.
The Belgian man, Mr Pierre Piccinin, was also free and was flown to Italy along with Quirico, Premier Enrico Letta's office said in a statement.
Mr Letta's office said "hope had never faded" for Mr Quirico's safe return but gave no details on how he became free, nor said who had held him.