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Taliban insurgents free three South Korean women hostages, thefirst of 19 Christian volunteers the Taliban agrees to release. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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AS THE Taliban started releasing the 19 South Korean church workersthey have held hostage in Afghanistan for almost six weeks, a gunbattle in Kandahar province in which more than 100 suspectedinsurgents were thought to have been killed continued yesterday. (Sydney Morning Herald — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban begin release of South Korean hostages
Taliban begin release of South Korean hostages

Taliban kidnappers Thursday released the seven remaining South Korean hostages and handed them over to Red Cross officials, Afghan and Taliban officials said. (CNN — 31 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants will today release up to eight of the 19 SouthKorean hostages they have held for six weeks. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 29 August, 2007)
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South Korea says it expects the remaining seven church volunteersheld by the Taliban in Afghanistan to be released today. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants agrees to free 19 South Korean church volunteersheld hostage after Seoul agrees to end all missionary work and keepa promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of theyear. (Sydney Morning Herald — 29 August, 2007)
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South Korean negotiators in Afghanistan have reached a deal with Taliban militants holding 19 South Korean Christian aid workers for over a month, a presidential spokesman in Seoul said Tuesday. (CNN — 28 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants were expected to release seven remaining South Korean hostages Thursday, bringing to an end a six-week drama that saw two captives killed by the kidnappers, a South Korean official said. (MSNBC — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants released the last seven South Korean hostages on Thursday under a deal with the government in Seoul, ending a six-week drama that the insurgents claimed as a “great victory for our holy warriors.” (CNN — 31 August, 2007)
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South Korean officials and Taleban militants are to hold talks on the release of 19 hostages, officials say. (BBC News — 29 August, 2007)
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South Koreans released from six weeks of captivity in Afghanistan spoke Friday about their ordeal, describing how they were kidnapped and apologizing to their government for causing trouble. (CNN — 31 August, 2007)
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A suicide car bomber targeting a patrol of German soldiers detonated the vehicle outside the gates of Kabul’s airport Friday, killing an Afghan soldier and wounding four Belgian troops, officials and witnesses said. (MSNBC — 31 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants and South Korean officials resumed face-to-face talks on the fate of 19 Korean church volunteers held captive since July, a spokesman for the militants said Tuesday. (CNN — 28 August, 2007)
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Many in South Korea are growing increasingly angry at the decision of the Christian volunteers to travel to South Korea despite government warnings. (New York Times — 10 hours ago)
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Newly freed South Korean church workers apologized to their government Friday for causing trouble in Afghanistan by being kidnapped by the Taliban for six weeks. (MSNBC — 1 September, 2007)
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GHAZNI, Afghanistan, July 31 — The South Korean government and relatives of 21 kidnapped South Koreans appealed for U.S. help Tuesday, but Afghanistan said for the first time that it will not release insurgent prisoners — the Taliban’s key demand to free the captives. (Washington Post — 31 August, 2007)
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