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Parents of journalist missing in Syria make public plea for his release (+video)

The parents of James Foley, age 39, who was kidnapped Syria while on assignment as a videographer for Agence France-Press have had no news of their son in six weeks. In 2012, 28 journalists were killed in Syria. 

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From their New Hampshire home, the parents of a foreign journalist who has been missing in Syria since he was kidnapped more than a month ago appealed to his captors for compassion and any information about their son's health and welfare.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Foley was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Nov. 22, his parents said Thursday. He was in the country contributing videos to Agence France-Press, which has vowed to help secure his release.

Foley's parents, John and Diane Foley, decided to hold a news conference at their home to make a public plea to his captors because the Foleys haven't received any information about their son in six weeks.

"We just don't know anything," Diane Foley said. "We don't know who has him."

They have kept the Christmas holiday lights on in the windows of their Rochester home as a vigil for their son's safe return.

"I appeal to the people who have Jim to let us know where he is and to help us secure his release," John Foley said. "We just pray that he's released."

Twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, prompting the Committee to Protect Journalists to name Syria the most dangerous country in the world to work in last year.

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