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US won't negotiate with al-Qaida on aid worker

Tuesday - 5/8/2012, 1:13am  ET

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FILE - This Jan. 6, 2009 file image provided by Mike Redwood shows AmericanWarren Weinstein in England. In a video released by al-Qaida, Weinstein, who is now being held hostage, said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Weinstein said in the video released Sunday May 6, 2012. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die." (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the Obama administration does not and will not negotiate with al-Qaida even though it is concerned about the safety and well-being of a 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan nine months ago.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration condemns the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein and called for his immediate release.

In a video released by al-Qaida, Weinstein said he would be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the group's demands.

Carney said he did not believe the president had seen the video. He said the government would continue to make efforts to have Weinstein released.


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