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Turkish, Lebanese hostages home after release deal

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Relatives of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped by a rebel faction in northern Syria in May 2012, flash victory signs Saturday as they celebrate news of their relatives release, in a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.

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Murat Akpinar, one of two Turkish pilots kidnapped Aug. 9.

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The release of the Turks and the pilgrims is part of a negotiated hostage deal that includes freeing dozens of women held in Syrian government jails.
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    • Relatives of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped by a rebel faction in northern Syria in May 2012, flash victory signs Saturday as they celebrate news of their relatives release, in a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.
    • Murat Akpinar, one of two Turkish pilots kidnapped Aug. 9.
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