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Two kidnapped Americans released in Beirut

An American professor and a French businessman kidnapped in west Beirut in February were released Sunday after action by the Shiite movement Amal. There was no indication of the kidnappers' identity.

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Amal leader Nabih Berri presented the two men at a press conference at his west Beirut house in the presence of US Ambassador Reginald Bartholomew.

The freed men are Frank Regier, a professor of electrical engineering at the American University of Beirut, and Christian Joubert, employed by a Lebanese construction company here. Regier said his release had come as a complete surprise and thanked Amal for bringing it about.

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