2 Western Taliban hostages freed in south Afghanistan

THE Taliban today released two Western hostages in southern Afghanistan, handing them over to US forces more than three years after they were abducted in Kabul, insurgent sources and police told AFP.

The release of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at American University in Kabul, comes a week after President Ashraf Ghani announced that Afghanistan will free three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent swap that he hopes will help jump-start peace talks.