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Report: Sudan Supplying Arms to Syrian Rebels

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a complicated arrangement, Syrian rebels have been getting arms supplies from the Republic of Sudan, the New York Times reports.

According to the paper, the Syrian opposition has been using weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles and small-arms cartridges that are made by Sudan and China.

The weapons are placed into rebel hands through a complex route, first being sold to Qatar, which opposes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and then shipped through Turkey before winding up with opposition groups.

It remains unclear how much of an impact the weapons from Sudan have had in helping the rebels to fight the much-better-equipped Syrian army and its allies, including Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

However, the action seems to underscore the frustration the Syrian opposition feels as it awaits military help from the U.S. and Europe, which has been slow in coming.

Furthermore, Sudan's arms shipments also likely won't please close allies Iran and China, which support al-Assad's regimes.

The Times explains the motivation might purely be financial, as the west African nation is in dire economic straits.

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Libya to Release Four Captured 'New York Times' Journalists

US State Department(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- The four New York Times journalists who were captured by Libyan government forces earlier this week will all be released Friday, according to the newspaper.

The Times reports that Libyan government officials informed the U.S. State Department Thursday that Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario would all be freed.

The paper reported Wednesday that the four journalists had gone missing Tuesday and were believed to have been swept up by government forces in Ajdabiyah after entering the region through the Egyptian border without visas.

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Four 'New York Times' Journalists Missing in Libya

U.S. State Department(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Four New York Times journalists have disappeared in Libya, the newspaper said Wednesday.

Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario were reporting on the fighting in the eastern part of the country, the Times said in a statement.

Bill Keller, the Times executive editor, said on Twitter, "Four of the best journalists I know, missing in action. Libyans say if they're in [government] custody, they will be freed."

The reporters were last in contact with their editors Tuesday morning. According to the newspaper, secondhand reports said that Times reporters and photographers had been swept up by Libyan government forces in the town of Ajdabiyah. This could not be confirmed, however.

The journalists and a handful of others had been working there extensively and had documented heavy shelling and airstrikes and Gadhafi troops moving into the city during the day Tuesday -- only to be moved back Tuesday night.

"We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists," Keller said in the statement. "We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed."

The missing reporters are experienced at war coverage: Anthony Shadid, the Beirut bureau chief and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009; and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who both worked extensively in the Middle East and Africa.

"Their families and their colleagues at The Times are anxiously seeking information about their situation and praying that they are safe," Keller said.

The White House urged the Libyan government Wednesday to refrain from harassing or using violence against journalists, who have come under fire multiple times in Libya since the revolution there began.

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Egypt: Google Manager and Activist Released By Government

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- A Google executive believed to be a key person in rallying demonstrations that have nearly toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was released Monday after nearly two weeks in detention.

Wael Ghonim, a marketing manager at Google who disappeared more than a week ago, was freed Monday by the Egyptian government.  The longtime activist, who organized protests through social media, was captured by security forces on Jan. 28.

In one of his last tweets on Jan. 27, Ghonim expressed his strong passion against the current regime.  "Pray for #Egypt.  Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people.  We are all ready to die," he wrote.

Dissenters who were taken into custody in recent days have emerged to describe scary details.  Al Jazeera English correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, who was detained for a day, told ABC News that he was bound, blindfolded and threatened.  While he was in custody, he heard people being tortured in neighboring rooms.

"People who were sitting next to us who were in the crowd -- not journalists -- they were slapped, they were kicked, they were beaten," Mohyeldin said.  "I saw them use a great deal of violence against the people who were there."

New York Times reporter Nick Kulish, who was also detained, told ABC News he also heard people being tortured in neighboring rooms while he was in jail.

"We spoke to hundreds of people and they all said the same thing, which was you know, that police abuse, violence by the police was one of the things that they were fighting against," Kulish said.

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