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Gregory Zarian stars in the hostage thriller '86 Melrose Avenue'

Emmy-nominated actor Gregory Zarian ("Venice") stars in the new film, the hostage thriller "86 Melrose Avenue." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Ukraine president defends movie post to end hostage crisis

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday defended his decision to agree to a hostage-taker's bizarre demand that he post a movie recommendation to end a 12-hour stand-off.

Gunman arrested, hostages freed after Ukraine president's call

Lutsk - Ukrainian police freed 13 hostages and arrested an armed man who held them on a bus for more than 12 hours on Tuesday, after the country's president agreed to his demand to post a movie recommendation on social media.

Armed man takes 'around 20' hostages on bus in Ukraine

Kiev - An armed man carrying explosives has taken around 20 passengers hostage on a bus in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk, police said Tuesday.

Ex-Taliban hostage found not guilty of abusing wife

Ottawa - A Canadian man once held hostage with his American wife in Afghanistan was on Thursday found not guilty of assaulting her following their release from captivity.

Jihadists kill abducted aid worker in Nigeria

Maiduguri - Jihadists aligned to Islamic State have killed one of six aid workers abducted in July in northeast Nigeria, charity group Action Against Hunger said Wednesday.

Two guards freed as French prison hostage standoff ends

Paris - An inmate armed with a homemade weapon took two guards hostage at a high-security prison in northwest France on Tuesday before both were freed unharmed five hours later, authorities said.

Italian hostage freed in Syria

Erdem - An Italian hostage was on his way home Wednesday after more than two years in captivity in Syria, where an unknown number of foreigners remain missing eight years into the country's devastating war.

American held hostage in Yemen freed: Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Monday that an American had been freed after being held hostage in Yemen for 18 months.Danny Burch has been "recovered and reunited with his wife and children," Trump said in a tweet.

German hostage drama 'likely a terrorist act': prosecutors

Berlin - German federal prosecutors took over the investigation into an arson attack and hostage-taking at Cologne's train station Wednesday, saying there were enough indications to suggest a terrorist motive.A Syrian refugee, identified only as Mohammad A.R.

Syrian in Germany hostage drama had mental problems: police

Cologne - A Syrian man who launched an arson attack and took a woman hostage at a German train station was an unemployed refugee with psychological problems and a history of street offences, police said Tuesday.

German police 'not ruling out terror' motive in Cologne hostage-taking

Cologne - German police said Monday they were not eliminating terrorism as a possible motive for a hostage-taking at Cologne central station that left four people injured.

Three wounded in Cologne hostage-taking: police

Cologne - German police said Monday they ended a hostage-taking in a pharmacy in Cologne's main train station, gravely wounding the alleged perpetrator after he himself injured two people."Special response units overpowered the man.

Paris hostage-taker moved to psychiatric hospital

Paris - A man who took two people hostage in central Paris was transferred to a psychiatric ward Wednesday, a day after the four-hour standoff in which he doused a woman in petrol and held a knife to her throat.

Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris

Paris - A gunman who took two people hostage in central Paris on Tuesday has been arrested and his victims freed "safe and sound", police in the French capital said."Two hostages. including one who had petrol poured on them," have been freed police said.

Police free Mali consul's wife after held by man in Barcelona

Barcelona - Police on Monday freed the wife of Mali's honorary consul in Barcelona after a man from the African country seeking to be allowed out of Spain held her for five hours, police said.

Dutch police arrest man after knife drama at broadcaster

Den Haag - Dutch police arrested a man Thursday in the country's central broadcasting centre of Hilversum, after he took a woman hostage following an altercation in a parking lot, a spokeswoman said.

South Sudan ex-rebels release UN hostages in DR Congo

New York - South Sudanese former rebels on Tuesday released 16 UN staff after holding them hostage for several hours in a camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN official said.

Hostages safe in Paris armed robbery, thief on the run

Paris - Several people taken hostage Friday evening in a Paris travel agency were released safe and sound, police said, but the armed robber who seized them was on the run."Armed robbery on Massena Boulevard in Paris: operation over," police tweeted.

Iran hostage-taker: 'We were the WikiLeaks of our day'

Tehran - The Iranian students who stormed the US embassy in 1979 and released thousands of secret CIA documents were the WikiLeaks of their time, their former lead spokesperson has told AFP.

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

Caracas - The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced they would launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador's capital, with President Juan Manuel Santos predicting "total peace".

Colombia's ELN frees hostage ahead of 'important' news

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest rebel group, the ELN, freed a civilian hostage Monday, the Red Cross said, ahead of what was billed as an "important announcement" on potential peace talks with the government.

Colombia's ELN rebels free hostage ex-mayor: Red Cross

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest rebel group, the ELN, on Thursday released a former mayor it was holding hostage, as the country struggles to salvage a troubled peace process.

Hostage taker at Moscow bank turns himself in

Moscow - A man who took four people hostage at a bank in central Moscow late Wednesday has surrendered to police, local authorities said.

Istanbul airport bombers 'planned hostage-taking'

Istanbul - The suicide attackers who launched the deadly Istanbul airport assault were planning to take dozens of passengers hostage, Turkish media reported Friday, as two of the bombers were identified.

Man takes hostages in Paris suburb after killing policeman: police sources

Paris - A man has taken the wife and son of a policeman hostage in the Paris suburbs after stabbing the officer to death, police sources said late Monday.

Russia helps secure Syria's release of US detainee

Washington - Russia secured the release of a US citizen detained in war-torn Syria and has handed him over to American authorities, Moscow's foreign ministry said Friday.

London facing hostage crisis

London - Earlier this evening, armed police gathered outside Bella Italia restaurant in response to a hostage crisis unfolding in the center of London. The issue has been resolved and no injuries reported. Below are the details as it happened.

Qaeda affiliate hands over body of executed Lebanon soldier

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate on Tuesday handed Lebanese authorities the body of a soldier it executed last year, in the first stage of a delicate hostage exchange deal, authorities said.

US-Iraqi forces free 70 captives facing IS 'mass execution'

Washington - Kurdish and US forces stormed an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq, freeing some 70 captives who were facing imminent execution, the Pentagon said.
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Manila police surround a bus  where a former police officer took hostages and demanded his job back
Manila police surround a bus, where a former police officer took hostages and demanded his job back
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Photos of former FBI agent Robert Levison  held hostage since being kidnapped in Iran in 2007.
Photos of former FBI agent Robert Levison, held hostage since being kidnapped in Iran in 2007.
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Klein Michael Thaxton
Klein Michael Thaxton
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First facebook posting after Klein Michael Thaxton took a man hostage in a downtown Pittsburgh high ...
First facebook posting after Klein Michael Thaxton took a man hostage in a downtown Pittsburgh high rise.
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Facebook post by Thaxton during standoff
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