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Afghan Kidnappers: Hostages Treated Well, but Suffering from Stress, Cold, Poor Diet

The militant group holding three U.N. workers in Afghanistan says the hostages are being treated well but are suffering from stress, cold and poor diet.

A spokesman for the group, called the Army of Muslims, says it gave government negotiators Sunday a list of 26 Taleban prisoners it wants to swap for the hostages. He said the government delegation asked for two days to locate the 26 and that further negotiations will be held Tuesday.

The government and the United Nations have refused to confirm if there have been any negotiations with the abductors.

A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan expressed hope Monday that the hostage crisis will be resolved soon. He did not elaborate.

The hostages are a man from the Philippines and women from Northern Ireland and Kosovo.

Some of this information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.