1. On March 30, Spain’s Defense Ministry announced that two journalists were freed after spending more than six months in captivity in Syria, and were flying back home, the Associated Press reported.
Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (left).
The El Mundo newspaper reported on Sunday that correspondent Javier Espinosa made contacted the paper from Turkey on March 29, where he and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were safe under military protection.
It was not clear whether the journalists had escaped or were released by the extremist who abducted the pair at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Sept. 16 as they were trying to leave the country.