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Sailing couple freed after year in captivity

A British couple who had been kidnapped by Somali pirates and held in captivity in a remote, sweltering patch of central Somalia for more than a year was finally released, apparently after a ransom was paid.

The couple was hijacked in October 2009 while sailing in a small yacht in the Indian Ocean in what they had described to friends as "the trip of a lifetime."

Somali elders said the couple's friends and relatives paid the pirates several hundred thousand dollars in ransom.

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