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US hostage appeals for family help in new video

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An elderly American aid worker kidnapped over a year ago in Pakistan is asking his family to get Jewish communities in the United States to pressure Washington to meet al-Qaida's demands so he can go free.

In a new video message released by the group, 71-year-old Warren Weinstein says he is well and getting his medications.

He also urges his family to ask the "Republican candidate," presumably presidential contender Mitt Romney, to use his influence with Washington.

The video was posted on the Internet by al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, according to IntelCenter, a U.S.-based group that monitors media websites.

It was Weinstein's second video this week. In a release Wednesday he sought the help of the Israeli prime minister.

Weinstein was abducted last August in the eastern city of Lahore.

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