Exclusive: Family Of Al Qaeda Hostage Warren Weinstein Frustrated, But Ever Hopeful After New Tape

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And [he] just looked more tired, more pale, and in my eyes more discouraged than he looked in the other videos." The video is the first proof of life video of Weinstein in more than a year when al Qaeda released a similar video . In that video, Weinstein suggested he would be killed unless the U.S. government met his captors' demands, which included releasing all prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. They also demanded an end to all U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/exclusive-family-al-qaeda-hostage-warren-weinstein-frustrated/story?id=21367213









More Photos and Videos Her story garnered national attention for the public response to one of her dying wishes -- to hear Christmas carolers outside her window . Last Saturday,thousands gathered outside her family's home to sing Christmas carols. Upwards of 6,000 people filled her neighborhood's streets to grant her wish. Brown could hear the carolers from her bed and gave two thumbs up. She also got another wish granted, the opportunity to skype with singer Taylor Swift. "She was a beacon of hope. The way the world is today -- a beautiful child, never got down, always upbeat. People could learn a lot from her," said family friend Jeff Klemmer. Her family encouraged the public to wear "bright colors"in Laney's honor. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Family-Friends-Say-Goodbye-to-Girl-Who-Lost-Cancer-Battle-237909061.html?partner=nbcnews





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And therefore I'm appealing to you on a humanitarian basis, if nothing else, and asking that you take the necessary actions to expedite my release and my return to my family and to my country." It's the first proof of life video of Weinstein in more than a year when Al Qaeda released a similar video. In that video, Weinstein suggested he would be killed unless the U.S. government met his captors' demands, which included releasing all prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. They also demanded an end to all U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere. Unlike the previous video, the one this week shows Weinstein sporting a thick graying beard and trimmed moustache. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/International/family-american-kidnapped-pakistan-forgotten/story?id=21364993





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Lemma, who with his wife was from Ethiopia, enjoyed tweaking the food with a different spice or changing the cooking style. That tradition continues today. Lemmas other sister, Yemi Lemma, handles marketing for the restaurant at night and on the weekends. She lives near Houston, where marketing is also her day job, and comes to Dallas when she can. Other relatives pitch in when needed. An aunt can often be found cooking, and Lemmas mother may stop by to chop vegetables. Yared Lemma and Desta put long hours into their dream. The couple gutted the inside of the building themselves before opening the restaurant, and their son was born just as it opened. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/richardson-lake-highlands/headlines/20131229-family-of-slain-ethiopian-couple-keeps-dallas-restaurant-going.ece