Guardian journalist held in Libya
A correspondent for The Guardian is believed to be being held in custody by Libyan authorities after going missing while reporting in the country.
Iraqi national Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was last heard from four days ago on Sunday when he contacted the paper through a third party from the outskirts of the town of Zawiya, which has been the scene of fierce fighting in recent days.
The paper has quoted the foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli as saying Libyan authorities were holding Mr Abdul-Ahad along with Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto. The two are understood to have been detained close to the coastal town of Sabratha on Monday.
International press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for their immediate release. The body said in a statement: "Journalists should not under any circumstances be made to pay for the fighting between government forces and rebels."
Mr Abdul-Ahad originally entered Libya from Tunisia and has been reporting from the country for the past two weeks. He is a Guardian staff journalist who has written for the paper since 2004, spending extended periods in Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
His disappearance followed the disclosure that a BBC news team was detained and repeatedly beaten by the Libyan security forces after being accused of spying.
Three members of the corporation's Arabic staff were held for 21 hours in various military compounds where they were hooded, handcuffed, assaulted and subjected to a mock execution, the BBC said. They were arrested on Monday, along with their local driver, at an army checkpoint at Al Zahra, six miles south of Zawiya.
Despite their BBC identification being shown, the men had their equipment confiscated and were interrogated before being taken to a huge military compound and held without food or water.
Correspondent Feras Killani, a Palestinian refugee, Briton Chris Cobb-Smith, and Goktay Koraltan, from Turkey, were finally released after 21 hours and told that their arrest had been a mistake. They have since left the country.