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Afghan Hostage Crisis Intensifies

Militants claiming to hold three U.N. hostages said Thursday that talks on their demands, including the release of Taliban prisoners, had broken down, and they would decide Friday whether to kill the trio.The Jaish-al Muslimeen, a shadowy Taliban splinter group, told The Associated Press that Irish-British hostage Annetta Flanigan was “seriously ill” because of the strain of her captivity, and all three were sickened by a diet of little more than cookies. A purported commander for the group said U.N. and Afghan officials contacted them by telephone Thursday but were “not ready for negotiations.”Full Story

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