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Taleban, South Korean Officials Resume Talks on Hostages


Taleban militants have resumed talks with South Korean officials trying to negotiate the release of 19 South Korean aid workers held in Afghanistan for more than a month.

A Red Cross official, Frank Rauchenstein, says negotiations got underway Thursday at the office of the Afghan Red Crescent in Ghazni City.

Monday, the Taleban released two of the hostages in what was described as a "goodwill gesture."

Taleban militants abducted 23 South Korean Christian aid workers on July 19 while they traveled through Ghazni province on a humanitarian mission.

Two male hostages were executed late last month after the Afghan government failed to meet Taleban demands to release militant prisoners.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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