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Militants release 48 hostages held in Tikrit: Iraq police

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 01:46

Militants who have overrun a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in a lightning offensive released today 48 foreigners, including four Turks, held for several days, Iraqi police said. The construction workers, who were helping build a hospital in the now insurgent-held city of Tikrit, are from Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

NATO calls for release of Turkish hostages in Iraq

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 17:05

Visiting NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Monday called for immediate release of the 80 Turkish hostages abducted from northern Iraq.

Negotiating for release of 80 hostages in Iraq, says Turkey

Last Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014, 05:23

Turkey is negotiating for the release of 80 of its citizens held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

Seven Bangladeshi hostages return home

Last Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 16:20

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

Ankara `will retaliate` if Turkish hostages harmed in Iraq

Last Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 03:33

Turkey on Wednesday pledged to retaliate if dozens of its citizens seized in an attack by Islamist militants in northern Iraq are harmed.

France calls for `immediate` release of Mali hostages

Last Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014, 17:44

French President Francois Hollande Monday demanded the release of top civil servants and others taken hostage in Mali`s north after deadly clashes between separatists and the army.

France offers China help with by Boko Haram hostages

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 23:34

France`s foreign minister offered China his country`s help on Sunday in locating 10 workers feared kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, as African leaders joined forces to fight the terrorist group.

Brazil prisoners take more than 120 hostages

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10:56

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.

Brazil prisoners take more than 120 hostages: Official

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10:54

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.

Nigeria gunmen free Dutch hostages: Activist

Last Updated: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 03:44

Niger Delta gunmen have released three Dutch nationals who were abducted earlier this week, a Nigerian activist who had accompanied the trio but was earlier released has said.

Philippine rebels free most of their hostages

Last Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014, 18:26

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

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 19:06

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.