Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is unknown, but her employer, the International Committee of the Red Cross, says it has received recent eyewitness reports suggesting she might be alive. The New York Times on Sunday became the first media organization to name Akavi, ending a more than 5 -year news blackout imposed by New Zealand's government and the Red Cross with the cooperation of international media. The colla...

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