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Bank robbery suspect, hostage dead after high speed police chase

Stockton - Two people are confirmed dead following a Stockton, CA bank robbery that lead to a high speed pursuit and gun battle between police and the suspects.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Washington - An American soldier who was held captive by Afghan insurgents for nearly five years returned to regular military duty Monday and will be taking a "desk job," the Pentagon said.
In the Media by AFP

Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Washington - An American soldier who was held captive by Afghan insurgents for nearly five years is returning to military duty after more than a month of counseling, the US Army said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Ex-POW Bergdahl moved to outpatient care: U.S. Army

Washington - Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier freed in a swap with the Afghan Taliban, has been released from a Texas medical center and is now in outpatient care, the U.S. Army said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Former POW Bergdahl stable after return to US

Washington - The American soldier freed in a swap with the Afghan Taliban is in stable condition after five years in captivity but has not yet reunited with his parents, military officers said.
In the Media by Daniel De Luce (AFP)

Former POW Bergdahl back in US, to reunite with family

Washington - The American soldier freed in a controversial swap with the Afghan Taliban returned to the United States on Friday and was due to soon reunite with his family after nearly five years in captivity.
In the Media by Daniel De Luce (AFP)

Freed U.S. soldier Bergdahl to return Friday

Washington - The American soldier released in a controversial swap with Afghan insurgents will return to the United States on Friday, US officials said, as letters showed he complained about his commanders.
In the Media by Dan De Luce (AFP)

Top U.S. diplomat Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry defended Sunday the swap of five Guantanamo detainees for American Bowe Bergdahl, amid reports the captive U.S. soldier was kept at times in a metal cage and in total darkness.
In the Media by Stephanie Griffith (AFP) - 1 comment

Family of freed US soldier receiving threats

Washington - The FBI confirmed Sunday it was investigating threats to the family of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, freed in a prisoner swap after five years' captivity with the Taliban.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Should Obama have swapped a soldier for Taliban detainees?

No Man Left Behind — this policy is as old as America herself. Regardless the country or the outcome, we have routinely swapped captured enemy fighters in order to return our soldiers to American soil.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson

Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal

Brussels - President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Obama vehemently refused to apologise for Taliban hostage deal

Brussels - President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP) - 2 comments

Lawmakers demand answers over Obama POW-Taliban trade

Washington - President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for an American soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning the military and political merits of the controversial exchange.
In the Media by Michael Mathes (AFP)

Taliban release video of US soldier's handover

Kabul - The Taliban released Wednesday footage of the dramatic moments when a cadre of gun-toting militants handed over army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to US forces after five years in captivity."Don't return to Afghanistan again.
In the Media by Emal Haidary (AFP)

Obama defends deal with Taliban to free US soldier

Warsaw - President Barack Obama defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his "sacred" trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Obama defends deal with Taliban to free US soldier

Warsaw - President Barack Obama Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his "sacred" trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Freed US soldier may face investigation: general

Washington - Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, recently released after five years as a captive of the Taliban, may still be disciplined if the army finds evidence of misconduct, the US military's top officer said TuesdayGeneral Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chief...
In the Media by AFP

Obama defends deal with Taliban to free US soldier

Warsaw - President Barack Obama Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his "sacred" trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Prisoner swap raises questions in US and Afghanistan

Washington - Relief at the release of the only US soldier taken prisoner in the Afghan war gave way on Monday to concern and in some cases anger over the price paid for his freedom.
In the Media by Mathieu Rabechault (AFP)

'New opening' for US-Taliban talks possible: Hagel  

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Sunday the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would lead to direct US talks with the Taliban.
In the Media by AFP

'We needed to get him out': Hagel defends Bergdahl operation

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents' leader hailed the swap as a "big victory".
In the Media by Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP) - 1 comment

US-Taliban prisoner exchange will help peace: Afghan official

Kabul - The release of five senior Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl bodes well for the resumption of peace talks, a senior member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Released U.S. soldier Bergdahl in 'good' condition

The American soldier released Saturday by the Taliban after nearly five years in captivity is in "good" condition and undergoing medical treatment at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, officials said.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. soldier released in swap for Guantanamo detainees

Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that an American soldier held for nearly half a decade in Afghanistan has been freed, in what officials indicated was a swap for five Guantanamo detainees.
In the Media by AFP

Obama announces release of U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan

Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that an American soldier held for half a decade in Afghanistan has been freed.
In the Media by AFP

VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky has been freed in Sloviansk

Journalist, director and producer Simon Ostrovsky of VICE News has been freed from captivity in the eastern Ukraine town of Sloviansk.
In the Media by George Arthur - 1 comment

French hostage says 'very happy to be free'

Ankara - One of the four French hostages freed after 10 months in captivity in Syria said Saturday he was "very happy to be free", Turkey's Dogan News Agency reported.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. to seek soldier's freedom via Taliban prisoner swap

Washington - Washington will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban on exchanging a U.S. soldier held captive by insurgents since 2009 for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, The Washington Post reported.The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
In the Media by AFP

Spanish journalist hostage in Syria since early September 2013

Hama - According to an announcement late on Monday, Marc Marginedas, a special correspondent in Syria for Spanish newspaper El Periodico, has been kidnapped and has been held hostage since September 4 this year.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

7 killed in hostage standoff in Florida

Miami - Early Saturday, seven people were shot and killed in an apartment building in a Miami suburb. Among those killed was the suspected gunman holding the two hostages when the SWAT team intervened, the police reported.
In the Media by Amanda Byas - 2 comments
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