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An aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury said he acted as a secret negotiator to free the Rev. Benjamin Weir, the American released last weekend in Beirut after 16 months in captivity. Before flying to New York to meet Weir, Terry Waite, a lay member of the Anglican archbishop’s staff, said the yearlong negotiation with the radical Islamic Jihad group was “my toughest assignment.” Waite said he is working to free other hostages held in Lebanon.


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