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Hostages News

Australia terror attack prompts worldwide travel warning

Washington, D. C. - Tuesday's counterattack on a Sydney cafe that freed 15 hostages has prompted the United States to issue a worldwide travel alert advising its citizens traveling abroad to extra careful.

Op-Ed: Sydney — curb marathon reporting on hostage-taking

Sydney - Australian authorities are restricting some information on the latest terrorist hostage-taking, and getting cooperation from the media. The Sydney event ended after 17 hours with the gunman and at least two hostages dead.

Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

Washington - A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

Brazil inmates free hostages after prison standoff

Bras - Inmates at a maximum-security prison in northeast Brazil, who had taken four guards and more than 100 visiting relatives hostage during a riot, released all the captives Sunday, officials said.

Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

Kiev - Ukraine's defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk.

Nigeria: Silent video posted online appears to show dead hostages

A silent video posted online appears to show the bodies of hostages kidnapped in Nigeria on February 16. Islamist militant group Ansaru claimed to have killed all seven hostages, at the weekend, as special forces launched a rescue mission.

More bloodshed as 'final assault' at Algerian gas facility ends

The international hostage crisis at the BP gas facility in Algeria appears to have come to a deadly conclusion, with Algerian officials finding additional bodies within the complex on Sunday.

United States Air Force begins evacuating hostages in Algeria

A United States Air Force aero evacuation plane has begun the process of evacuating Americans and other foreign nationals from the BP gas complex in Amenas, Algeria.

Details of attempted hostage rescue in Algeria remain unclear

Thursday was a day marked with confusion, concern, frustration and bloodshed as members of the Algerian military launched a rescue offensive on a BP gas complex in Amenas, Algeria.

Militants: 35 hostages held in Algeria killed in assault

Algerian security sources have told Reuters that 35 hostages being held at an oil field in Algeria have been killed. Fifteen kidnappers have also been killed, according to Al Jazeera.

Affleck says Argo reveals strong Canada-U.S. relationship Special

Toronto - At a Toronto press conference for his new film Argo, Ben Affleck explains how the story - based on real events - exemplify the need for the U.S. and Canada to work together on international crises.

Pirates seize oil tanker and 24 hostages in gunfight off Togo

Pirates have seized a Greek oil tanker and 24-crew on board, after a gun battle with a naval patrol boat off the coast of Togo.

South African hostages released by pirates

Mogadishu - Two South Africans, Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, held hostage since 2010 have been released after spending almost two years in Somali pirate captivity.

FARC releases all political hostages

BBC News is reporting that Colombian rebel group Farc has released their last 10 hostages. A Brazilian military helicopter flew the men, who had been held for more than 12 years, to safety.

British and Italian Boko Haram cell hostages killed in Nigeria

Sokoto - British Prime Minister David Cameron, said on Thurday that a British and an Italian held hostage in Nigeria by a faction of the terrorist group Boko Haram with al-Qaeda contacts were killed before they could be rescued by special forces.

Navy SEALs raid pirate compound in Somalia, free hostages

Mogadishu - U.S. Navy SEALs have rescued two aid workers held hostage by a Somali criminal group during an overnight raid in which a number of hostage-takers were killed.

Kidnapper sues couple he held hostage

A kidnapper who was fleeing from police is suing a couple that he held hostage in their own home. The kidnapper claims that the couple broke an oral contract.

The Plight of Maritime piracy

Many masters and shipowners do not report piracy for fear of delays due to protracted investigations, increased insurance premiums, bad publicity, and stifling red tape.

Pirates kill four Americans off Oman

Muscat - US military sources have announced that suspected Somali pirates have killed of all four American hostages on the yacht Quest.

Somali pirates capture supertanker carrying $150m of oil

Somali pirates have captured a Greek-registered oil tanker with 25 men on board off the coast of Oman. The supertanker, Irene SL, has lost all communication with its Greek-based shipping company Enesel.

Student hostages freed, hostage-taker dies

Marinette - Police Patrol, the law enforcement magazine, carried this update to the hostage taking Monday night: "All hostages have been released at the Marinette High School, according to the Marinette County Sheriff's Department, as of approximately 8:15 p.m."

Armed student holding hostages at US school

Marinette - A 10th grade student with a handgun is holding 23 classmates and a teacher hostage at a high school in Wisconsin, and roads in the area have been blocked off.

19 hostages, including 2 Americans rescued in Nigeria by military

Nigeria's military launched a land, air and sea operation on Wednesday in the Niger Delta oil region resulting in the rescue of 19 hostages including foreigners being held by militants.

Op-Ed: Terrorist hostages – Has France stopped paying ransoms?

Saturday’s execution of a Frenchman held hostage by al-Qaida seems to indicate a change in the way France deals with hostage situations. Often accused in the past of paying for the release of hostages, has France abandoned that policy?

France: New law forces people taken hostage to pay release costs

France has introduced a law obliging citizens who are taken hostage in countries declared to be dangerous to pay back some or all of the cost of their release operations. Confusion reigns as to which hostages would be exempted.

Release of South African hostages 'best freedom day gift'

Pretoria - Four South African peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region who were held hostage by a previously unknown rebel group have been released.

People being held hostage in Edmonton building

Edmonton police have surrounded the Workers' Compensation Board building in downtown Edmonton as a gunman has taken hostages.

French yacht hostage killed off Somalia in military operation

The French Government has just confirmed reports of the killing of a French hostage on a yacht which was captured recently by Somalian pirates.

Manilla gives in to extremists

Manilla – The government of the Philippines is prepared to pull back its troops from a stronghold of extremists in the south of the country in the hope of saving the lives of three Red Cross hostages.

Doctors Without Borders Hostages Have Been Rescued

Three foreign workers for Doctors Without Borders are safe after two days of being hostages. The Italian Foreign Ministry has yet to talk to any of the hostages.
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24 hostages at  a high school in Marinette  Wisconsin  have been freed.
24 hostages at a high school in Marinette, Wisconsin, have been freed.
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San Bernardino police SWAT team
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500 days of captivity for French journalists in Afghanistan (screenshot from support committee video)
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