Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death

Italy said on Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a US drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."

Italy calls hostage death `tragic and fatal error` by US

Italy on Thursday termed the death of hostage Giovanni Lo Porto a "tragic and fatal error by our US allies" but said "terrorists" were entirely to blame.

Qaeda bears blame for US hostage`s death: Family

Al-Qaeda extremists are ultimately to blame for the tragic death of Warren Weinstein, an American hostage who was killed accidentally in a US counter-terrorism strike, the hostage`s wife said Thursday.

Freed Dutch hostage awaited in Mali capital

A Dutch hostage freed after being held by al Qaeda-linked extremists in Mali for more than three years was due to arrive in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, Dutch and Malian diplomatic sources said.

Turkey vows to find "dark forces" behind Istanbul hostage-taking

Turkey`s justice minister said on Wednesday two militants who seized an Istanbul prosecutor had "held a gun to the nation" and vowed to find the "dark forces" behind them, after all three died in a police rescue attempt.

Istanbul prosecutor dies after hostage operation: Hospital

The Istanbul prosecutor held hostage by two radical leftists at his offices Tuesday died of his wounds sustained after police launched an operation to free him, the hospital announced.

Police: 2 hostage takers in Istanbul killed, hostage wounded

Two members of a banned leftist group who had held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul were killed today in a shootout with police that left their captive seriously wounded, police said.

Istanbul prosecutor taken hostage by armed group: Reports

A Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester was taken hostage Tuesday by an armed group at an Istanbul courthouse, the Dogan news agency reported.

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack

  Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

4 Egyptian Christians held hostage in Libya, says family

The relatives of four Coptic Christian hostages held by gunmen in Libya for months are appealing for help from local and Libyan authorities to ensure their safe release.

Memorial to honor US woman held hostage by Islamic State

A plaza in this Arizona town will light up with candles today in memory of a hometown woman taken hostage by Islamic State militants.

Six inmates in southern Taiwan take prison staff hostage

Six inmates took the warden and several other people hostage at a prison in the southern Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung this afternoon, the official Central News Agency said.

US mourns death of IS hostage Kayla Mueller

Led by US President Barack Obama, Americans on Tuesday mourned the death of its citizen Kayla Jean Mueller, who was taken hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group.

Jordanian army 'working round the clock' for info on captured pilot

Jordan`s army said on Friday state agencies were working to get information on an air force pilot held by Islamic State militants, after a deadline passed for a proposed prisoner swap, but offered no new word on his fate.

IS threatens to kill Jordanian pilot by sunset

The Islamic State group threatened to execute a captured Jordanian pilot "immediately" unless Amman frees an Iraqi female jihadist by sunset Thursday in exchange for a Japanese hostage.

Will Jordan save pilot under ISIS captivity by releasing jailed female bomber?
Will Jordan save pilot under ISIS captivity by releasing jailed female bomber?

In a new audio message released by the Islamic State, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto said that the extremists will kill the captured Jordanian pilot if Amman doesn't release an Iraqi al Qaeda female bomber by sunset on Thursday.

Jordan offers to free jihadist in exchange for pilot

Jordan offered Wednesday to free a female jihadist in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist.

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose on Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

Japanese hostage killing Abe`s fault: China paper

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to blame for the death of a hostage at the hands of the Islamic State group, an editorial in Chinese state media said Monday.

IS confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

The Islamic State group`s radio confirmed on Sunday that its militants have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage`s death.