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Australia Reporter Says No Hostage in Afghanistan

An Australian journalist reported missing in Afghanistan said she was not being held hostage, her employer said on Thursday after regaining contact with her, but her whereabouts remained unclear. Carmela Baranowska, 35, a documentary maker with Australia’s SBS Television, went missing in southern Afghanistan earlier this week with her Afghan assistant and driver, sparking fears that they had been kidnapped by Taliban guerrillas. Baranowska contacted her mother in Australia early Thursday and SBS but the line dropped out before they could establish whether she was safe. Later in the day, however, she rang again. “We are reassured as to her well being and to the fact that she is not being held as a hostage,” SBS said in a statement.Full Story

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