Mothers of S. Korean hostages to head to Dubai

The mothers of several South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan will travel to Dubai next week to seek help from the Arab world in securing their loved ones' release, a spokesman for the families said Friday. Five women and a translator will leave Monday for a five-day trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, said the spokesman, Cha Sung-min. "The reason why we are sending women, especially mothers, to Dubai is that Islamic culture has more sympathy for women," Cha said. On July 19, Taliban fighters kidnapped 23 South Koreans from a bus traveling to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar from the capital, Kabul. Two male hostages have been executed.