Several US probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

The Central Intelligence Agency`s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two US-born al Qaeda militants, US government sources said on Friday.

Hostages killed in US strike were veteran aid workers

Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, killed inadvertently in a US strike against Al-Qaeda, were seasoned humanitarians who spent years helping poor communities recover from war and natural disaster.

American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama
American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama

An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday.

Afghan forces kill dozens of militants in hostage rescue operation

Afghan security forces have killed dozens of militants in a military operation aimed at freeing a group of civilian hostages in southern Afghanistan, an Army official said on Wednesday.

Greek oil tanker hostages released in Nigeria

Two Greeks and a Pakistani taken hostage three weeks ago off the coast of Nigeria in a bloody attack on a Greek oil tanker have been freed, the ship`s owner said Wednesday.

Boko Haram releases 158 hostages in Nigeria

The Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group has released 158 women and children abducted from a village in northeastern Nigeria`s Yobe state, an official said Friday.

Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon
Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon

Mingling with more than 30,000 runners at this month`s Tokyo Marathon will be a small, elite crew of police runners equipped with cameras capturing real-time footage of the course.

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock today at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

Japan using diplomatic channels to save hostages: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday said all available diplomatic channels were being used to save the two Japanese nationals who were taken hostage by the Islamic State (IS) militants.

Boko Haram frees 192 people held in NE Nigeria: Sources

Boko Haram has released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women, who were kidnapped from a village in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe, a community leader and a military source told AFP Saturday.

Italy says aid workers held in Syria freed

Two Italian women aid workers abducted in Syria last summer have been released, the Italian government said Thursday.

Sydney siege: One Indian amongst hostages in Lindt cafe

In contrary to prior reports that ruled out the possibility of any Indian being present inside the cafe, fresh inputs suggest there may be one Indian trapped in the hostage crisis in Sydney.

Five hostages escape from cafe; Indian consulate in Sydney evacuated

A total of five hostages have now escaped Lindt cafe in Martin Place in Sydney. Meanwhile, the Indian consulate in Australia's Sydney city has been evacuated.

US tried to rescue hostages held by al Qaeda in Yemen

The US has conducted rescue operation to free a number of hostages, including American citizen Like Somers, held in Yemen by al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Cameroon Army frees 16 hostages, including Polish priest

 A Cameroonian army operation has freed 16 hostages, including Polish Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic, who were abducted by rebels from Central African Republic last month, Cameroon`s government said on Wednesday. 

German hostages released by Philippine rebels

Two German hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf group have been released, said a senior Philippine military official Friday evening.

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by IS

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was a result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

US airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.

Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages

Just 21 percent of respondents said they disagreed with that policy in the online poll conducted from Aug. 12-25. A sample of 4,685 Americans aged 18 and over were interviewed in the survey.

Seven Bangladeshi hostages return home

Seven sailors freed by Somali pirates, returned to Bangladesh Thursday, nearly four years after their abduction.