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Terry Waite, the Anglican Church envoy held hostage in Beirut for more than 3 1/2 years, has been ill but is alive, released Irish hostage Brian Keenan said Monday.

``He was in the same apartment as I was being held in,' Keenan said in an interview with Britain's Independent Television News. Waite's cousin, John Waite, said this was the first confirmation in more than three years that Terry was alive.ITN said Keenan had not previously revealed the information because hostages had a pact to tell hostages' families of their conditions first.

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