Journalists Freed From Tripoli Hotel

    Journalists sit it out in a hallway as gun-battles continue around the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Dozens of journalists remain trapped inside this hotel as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi prevent them from leaving and gun battles with rebel forces continue all around.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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    It appears the standoff at the Rixos hotel is at an end. Journalists say they have been freed after being held for days by soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Several of the journalists held there say they have left the hotel in a car. About 35 journalists and a former U.S. congressman were detained at the hotel, which served as a hub for correspondents during the war. As rebels gained control of Tripoli, troops loyal to Gaddafi held on to the Rixos and refused to let the journalists there leave the building.

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