Two female Italian aid workers kidnapped nearly three weeks ago in Baghdad have been released, along with two Iraqis who were abducted with them.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says that Simona Pari and Simona Torretta are headed home to Italy this (Tuesday) evening. He called their release "a moment of joy."
The "two Simonas," as they have been dubbed by the Italian media, were seized by gunmen from the Baghdad office of their charity, "Bridges to Baghdad," on September seventh.
Also today, an Egyptian telecommunications company said four of its Egyptian employees and two Iraqis, all kidnapped last week, have been freed.
There is still no word on the fate of British hostage Kenneth Bigley and two abducted French journalists.