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Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Tehran - Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.

Solidarity for Australian Muslims after Sydney siege

Sydney - One of the bouquets left on Tuesday in a sea of flowers at the site of the Sydney siege read "I will ride with you." It was as much a wholehearted message to Australia's Muslim community as to the incident's victims.

Australia vows to unearth why 'sick' extremist was at large

Sydney - Australia's government pledged Tuesday to determine why an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence was able to play out a "sick fantasy" by seizing hostages in a day-long siege.

Extremist gunman, two hostages dead in Sydney siege cafe

Sydney - Two hostages and an extremist Iranian-born gunman were killed in a siege that ended when armed police stormed a central Sydney cafe Tuesday, as a shocked Australia struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.

Two killed as Australian police storm siege cafe

Sydney - At least two people were killed as heavily armed Australian police early Tuesday dramatically stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a day-long siege sparked when an Iranian-born Islamist took several people hostage.

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

US hostage freed after 22-month Syria ordeal

Jerusalem - An American hostage held by rebels in Syria for 22 months has been freed after Qatari mediation, just days after a video showed a fellow US journalist being beheaded by jihadists.

US hostage freed after being held in Syria for two years

Washington - An American who has been held hostage for 22 months by an Islamic rebel group in Syria was released Sunday to United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, officials said.

Peter Curtis freed after being held in Syria for two years

US journalist Peter Curtis has been freed from Syria. He was held captive for two years before his release. This story is still developing and will be updated as new details emerge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.
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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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Klein Michael Thaxton
Klein Michael Thaxton
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Facebook post by Thaxton during standoff
Facebook post by Thaxton during standoff
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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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