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July 31, 2007
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Japanese women hold portraits of former comfort women in front of the Japanese parliament in Tokyo
US lawmakers call on Japan to apologise for its role in forcing thousands of women to work as sex slaves in WWII.

 
Footage of a group of South Koreans held hostage by the Taleban in Afghanistan is broadcast.
The Indian doctor held in Australia on terror charges before being freed says he will fight to return there.

 
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Transcript in the news of July 31, 2007 (With some misspelled words)  

>>> New video has emerged purporting to show several South Korean hostages kidnapped by the Taliban in Afgahistan. It was shown at the al-Jazeera television station. It has not been confirmed by the bbc. They were seized while ling onern southern Afghanistan. 46AE7E52.JPG

>>Reporter: Pressure is mounting. Last week one of the male hostages was killed and now some trophies. The video presumably shot by al-Jazeera TV and their kidnappers are growing impatient.  They say they shot the leader of the Christian aid group because the afghan authorities would not release Taliban prisoners in exchange for some of the south Koreans officials have asked for more time though the kidnappers threatened to kill more hostages unless their demands are met. 

>> We spoke through negotiators they have to extend the deadline at least 48 hours. Where normally in negotiations you can wine families of those being held who gathered together to express their grief and concern.  The insurgents appear in no hurry to compromise but afghan authorities are keen not to repeat a keen prisoner exchange in which five Taliban fighters were released for an Italian journalist. Jane Francis Kelly, bbc news. 46AE7EA8.JPG

>> Condoleezza rice has announced plans for for Saudi Arabia and other states and could help counter the negative influence of syriaezbollah.. Bombs dropped from sirling craft in certain circumstances.

>>> There are reports that president mascara has been reported the progress has been made between the two on Friday. Stay with us here on bbc world. Still to come on the program we take a look at poland's labor shortage. The country is turning to India and china to plug the gaps.
 

S Korean hostage video broadcast

Map of Afghanistan showing Ghazni province
A video of a group of South Koreans being held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taleban has been shown on Arabic TV station al-Jazeera.

It showed about seven women wearing headscarves with what appeared to be Taleban militants in the background.

The captives looked frightened but unharmed in the brief, shaky video.

The Taleban seized 23 Korean Christian aid workers on 19 July from a bus in Ghazni, and shot dead the male pastor leading the group last Wednesday.

Four of the women in the video were shown sitting on the ground and the rest were standing.

'Shameful'

The face of an Asian man dressed in traditional Afghan clothes was also shown.

A news anchor for the Qatar-based news channel said: "Al-Jazeera obtained footage showing the Korean hostages held by the (Taleban) movement from a source outside Afghanistan."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned the kidnappings as "shameful", un-Islamic and against Afghan culture.

Meanwhile, more than 20 people have been killed in attacks by Taleban militants across the country, Afghan officials said.

Thirteen private security guards died in an ambush on a highway in the southern province of Zabul, they reported.

And nine policemen died in two separate attacks in Ghazni in and in the west at Nimruz, they added.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6923415.stm

 

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