Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, kidnapped in Syria in early April, has been freed, the foreign ministry in Rome said on Sunday. Quirico, a veteran reporter for La Stampa daily with long experience reporting on conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, entered Syria on April 6 but disappeared four days later.
He spoke briefly by phone to his wife in June confirming he had been kidnapped but said he was in good health. The newspaper's website said Quirico was on board a flight to Italy. (Reuters)