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US launched operation in Syria to free American hostages

Last Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 06:26

The US had staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the militant group ISIL, the Pentagon has said.

Iraqi kidnappers set to release Turkish hostages: Ankara

Last Updated: Saturday, August 02, 2014, 15:20

Islamist militants who kidnapped 49 Turks at a Turkish consulate in northern Iraq in June will likely free them in the next day or two, Turkey`s Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Saturday.

California bank robbery ends in 3 deaths

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 03:38

Three bank robbers took three screaming women hostage as they made their getaway and waged a ferocious, high-speed gun battle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said.

Saudi hostage freed in Yemen: Ministry

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 19:22

A Saudi citizen kidnapped in Yemen has been freed by his abductors and returned home on Sunday after "huge efforts" to secure his release, the foreign ministry said.

China police kill man who took 50 students hostage

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 16:46

The Ministry of Public Security said on its microblog that officers shot the man today and were searching the school in Hubei province for any explosives that might have been hidden by him.

Rebels seize two Ukrainian journalists on spying charges

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 02:51

Two Ukrainian journalists accused of "spying" have been taken hostage by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern district of Luhansk, the OSCE`s monitoring group said Tuesday.

Herat attack: Terrorists planned to take Indian mission staffers as hostage

Last Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014, 22:19

Four heavily armed terrorists who attacked the Indian Consulate in Herat in Afghanistan on Friday were possibly planning to take staffers as hostage as forces recovered large number of weapons and a packet of dry fruits from them.

Malian hostage of battle for Kidal tells of `carnage`

Last Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 20:19

A civil servant kidnapped as militants ambushed government offices in the Malian rebel bastion of Kidal told Thursday of the "carnage" that unfolded as fellow hostages were murdered in hail of machine gun fire.

Brazil inmates free hostages after prison standoff

Last Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014, 01:32

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.

One freed, 121 held in Brazil prison hostage standoff

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 23:43

Negotiators persuaded inmates holding hostages seized during a prison riot in Brazil to free a guard Sunday, but were still working to free three more guards and 118 prisoners` relatives.

German hostage freed in Yemen: State media

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 22:39

Yemeni tribesmen have freed a German man who was kidnapped in the capital Sanaa in late January, state news agency Saba reported on Tuesday.

Nigeria rejects Boko Haram prisoner swap for hostage girls

Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014, 21:38

Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.