Possible `hostage` boat found on militant island: Philippine military

Philippine authorities have found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a group of mainly Western hostages to an island stronghold of Islamic militants, the military said on Saturday.

Army frees women and child hostages of Boko Haram: Nigeria

Nigeria's army says it has rescued dozens of kidnapped women and children held captive by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

US names first envoy for hostages

 The United States named a senior envoy Friday to work for the safe return of hostages, after criticism of its response to the kidnap and murder of Americans held in Syria.

Four dead in Mali hotel siege, hostages taken: Military source

Four people including two soldiers were killed on Friday in an ongoing siege at a hotel in central Mali, where gunmen have also taken a number of hostages, a military source said.

Nigerian army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram

Nigeria`s army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country`s restive northeast.

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Nigeria's army said it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

Armed suspect takes one hostage in Western Australia
Armed suspect takes one hostage in Western Australia

A hostage situation is underway in Bunbury in Western Australia.

10 Tunisian consulate staff taken hostage in Libya

 Tunisia`s foreign ministry said on Friday that 10 of its officers at its consulate in Tripoli were taken hostage by a Libyan armed militia group.

Boko Haram hostages were held in `severe and inhuman conditions`: Military
Boko Haram hostages were held in `severe and inhuman conditions`: Military


Abuja: Boko Haram hostages were held in atrocious conditions in the group`s Sambisa Forest stronghold, Nigeria`s military said on Thursday after nearly 500 women and girls were released this week.

Several US probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

The Central Intelligence Agency`s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two US-born al Qaeda militants, US government sources said on Friday.

Hostages killed in US strike were veteran aid workers

Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, killed inadvertently in a US strike against Al-Qaeda, were seasoned humanitarians who spent years helping poor communities recover from war and natural disaster.

American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama
American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama

An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday.

Afghan forces kill dozens of militants in hostage rescue operation

Afghan security forces have killed dozens of militants in a military operation aimed at freeing a group of civilian hostages in southern Afghanistan, an Army official said on Wednesday.

Greek oil tanker hostages released in Nigeria

Two Greeks and a Pakistani taken hostage three weeks ago off the coast of Nigeria in a bloody attack on a Greek oil tanker have been freed, the ship`s owner said Wednesday.

Boko Haram releases 158 hostages in Nigeria

The Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group has released 158 women and children abducted from a village in northeastern Nigeria`s Yobe state, an official said Friday.

Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon
Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon

Mingling with more than 30,000 runners at this month`s Tokyo Marathon will be a small, elite crew of police runners equipped with cameras capturing real-time footage of the course.

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.