At least five foreigners and three guards were killed in hostage crisis on Tuesday when five unidentified gunmen donning bulletproof vests barged into Libya's luxurious Corinthia Hotel and opened fire, reports stated.
Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.
Malaysia on Saturday said the Islamist militant involved in the fatal hostage crisis in Paris and his partner "never entered" the country, amid assertions that they once visited the Muslim-majority nation for a vacation.
Tough new national security laws failed to prevent a deadly hostage crisis in the heart of Sydney this week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, raising questions about the usefulness of such measures.
British journalist John Cantlie, being held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, has appeared in a new video in which he claims the US failed to rescue him and fellow hostages in July.
Algerian special forces on Saturday stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments.