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Taliban, South Korea Start Direct Talks

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South Korean hostages:

  • Talks begin for hostage release | Face-to-face negotiation likely to break ice in 3-week-long crisis (The Korea Times)

  • Taliban, Koreans negotiate on hostages | Two top Taliban leaders and four South Korean officials met face-to-face for the first time Friday to negotiate the fate of 21 members of a church group held hostage for three weeks, an Afghan official said (Associated Press)

  • Taliban and Korean team begin talks over hostages | Afghanistan's Taliban began the first round of face-to-face talks with a South Korean team on Friday over the 21 hostages the group is holding, an Afghan official said (Reuters)

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