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According to CNN, 650 of the hostages at a gas complex in Algeria have been freed. The news comes from the Algerian Press Service, and had not been independently verified by CNN. Algerian special forces also reportedly freed 100 of the 132 foreign workers being held. It is unknown how many people were taken hostage, but special forces are hopeful there will be a "peaceful ending" to the standoff.

U.S. authorities have not specified how many Americans are involved in the hostage situation, but have said they are working around the clock to ensure the safe return of American citizens. Officials from Great Britain, Norway, Malaysia and Japan have also said they have citizens involved.

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"We at the Livestrong Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us. Earlier this week, Lance apologized to our staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a strong, independent course. We look forward to devoting our full energy to our mission of helping people not only fight and survive cancer, but also thrive in life after cancer.

"Even in the wake of our disappointment, we also express our gratitude to Lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community. Lance is no longer on the Foundation’s board, but he is our founder and we will always be grateful to him for creating and helping to build a Foundation that has served millions struggling with cancer." - From a statement on the Livestrong Foundation's website. Armstrong admitted in an Oprah interview aired yesterday that he used performance-enhancing drugs while competing in cycling events. He has been stripped of his Tour de France wins and Olympic medals.

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