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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel again called Russian President Vladimir Putin this morning and asked for his assistance in freeing seven observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe who are being held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Dozens of people held hostage by Muslim rebels waging deadly street battles with Philippine troops escaped on Tuesday amid a military offensive, but the guerrillas kidnapped the city`s police chief, authorities said.
A video posted online appears to show the corpses of some of the seven foreign hostages abducted by Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria and later killed, a gruesome warning of the growing dangers in the region.
Rebels who held 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers in Syria put blankets on their hostages to help them sleep through the cold nights and a rebel commander became visibly emotional when his group released the men.