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.

Brazil prisoners take more than 120 hostages

Inmates in a prison in the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe took 122 hostages on Saturday - nearly all of them visiting inmate relatives, a prison official told AFP.

Philippine rebels free most of their hostages

Communist insurgents who seized 39 gold prospectors in the southern Philippines have released all but three of them, authorities said Monday.

Angela Merkel presses Putin for release of OSCE hostages

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.

US call on Russia for safe release of hostages, US journalist kidnapped in Ukraine

The US State Department said it was "deeply concerned" Wednesday over reports about the kidnapping of an American journalist by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

German police in standoff at cafe, man holds 12

Police in southwestern Germany are trying to end an overnight standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a cafe with 12 other people.

Gunman briefly holds four hostage at Paris bank

An armed man with a history of mental health issues held four people hostage for two hours at a Paris bank today, demanding social housing for himself and his son before surrendering to police.

Hostages freed in Philippines, but police chief seized

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.