US confirms freed Taliban hostages on German soil Nov 22, 2019 0 591 12345 AFPFrankfurt am MainTwo Western hostages held for three years by the Taliban in Afghanistan landed in Germany on Thursday after a prisoner exchange two days earlier, a US diplomat confirmed.American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks landed overnight at the US Air Force’s Ramstein airbase in western Germany, and will be staying nearby “for a period of evaluation and reintegration”, the US official said.King and Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped by gunmen wearing military uniforms in the heart of the Afghan capital in August 2016.American ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told Fox News he had greeted the former hostages off the plane and handed King a US flag.“It’s one of the most emotional things that I get to do... to represent (President Donald Trump) and the American people and have this moment with a freed hostage where I say, we never forgot about you,” Grenell said.He added that the exchange was a sign of “the power of diplomacy”, and thanked the Afghan government for its role in the swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Indonesian kids given pets to wean them off smartphones Nov 22, 2019 0 1229 POPE MEETS THAI BUDDHIST PATRIARCH ON VISIT PROMOTING HARMONY Nov 22, 2019 0 89 China vows to ‘fight back’ after US Congress backs HK pro-democracy stir Nov 22, 2019 0 560 Hong Kong university siege nears end as protesters leave campus Beijing: Less than one hundred anti-government protesters remained at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Thursday morning after several days of clashes with police, according to local media. The group is all that .. Kim Jong-un rejects invitation to S Korea summit, says KCNA AFP Seoul North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has rejected an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a regional summit next week, Pyongyang’s state media said on Thursday, in a stark illustration of the dire .. Nepal’s PM appoints nine ministers in cabinet reshuffle Kathmandu: Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli appointed nine new ministers on Thursday in the first cabinet reshuffle since he took office 22 months ago. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of .. Charges dropped against immune Sri Lanka’s new President G Rajapaksa AFP Colombo Corruption charges against Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa were dropped on Thursday by a court, which handed his passport back as he acquired immunity from prosecution after being elected last .. President’s brother Mahinda sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Colombo: Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka on Thursday following his brother’s victory in the presidential election The 74-year-old Rajapaksa was sworn in before .. Indian couple go on trial in Germany for spying on Sikhs Berlin: An Indian couple accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany went on trial on Thursday on charges that carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The suspects were charged in March and have been ..