Foley: Among four freed in Libya (GlobalPost)

Since then, family and friends have held vigil, piecing together news on the pair: a sighting in a Tripoli detention camp, a phone call home, a short visit from an intermediary.

Finally, reassuring news came on Tuesday that Foley, a correspondent for Boston-based Global­Post, and Gillis, a contributor to the Atlantic and USA Today, would be released along with two other journalists as early as later that day.

From left to right: Foley, Gillis, Brabo, Hammerl (Screengrab, "Free James Foley and Clare Gillis,"

Others missing

• Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a news conference Tuesday that Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz “violated the law in several cases,” including working as a journalist without “relevant permits.” Parvaz, who was deported to Iran after an initial detainment after arriving in Syria to cover government protests, has been held since April 29. Parvaz holds Iranian, American and Canadian citizenship.

• Freelance journalist Matthew VanDyke has been missing in Libya since March 13, but no official word has ever been given about his capture.