Kidnapped Hong Kong tycoon rescued in Taiwan

A kidnapped Hong Kong tycoon has been freed in a dramatic rescue after he was held captive for more than a month by criminals.

Death for kidnapping for ransom can't be dubbed outrageous: SC

Rising incidents of kidnapping and abduction for ransom not only by ordinary criminals but even by terrorists necessitate a stringent punishment for those indulging in such activities, the Supreme Court has said while upholding death sentence under section 364A of IPC.

Kidnapped Meghalaya official freed

A Meghalaya sports official kidnapped for ransom by militant group Garo National Liberation Army was released unharmed on Friday after 28 days in captivity, police said.

Obama clears the way for hostages' families to pay ransom
Obama clears the way for hostages' families to pay ransom

President Barack Obama is clearing the way for families of US hostages to pay ransom to terror groups without fear of prosecution, as the White House seeks to address criticism from those whose loved ones have been killed in captivity.

Sudan: 2 Russian pilots held by gunmen in Darfur released

A Sudanese governor says that two Russian pilots who were held by gunmen in the country's restive western Darfur region since January have been freed, and that no ransom was paid.

Pak Taliban video shows Chinese tourist begging govt to pay ransom

China today said it is verifying a video released by the Pakistani Taliban which showed a kidnapped Chinese tourist appealing to his government to pay the ransom demanded by his captors to secure his freedom.

Thai police arrest Rohingya man suspected of running deadly jungle camp

Thai police have arrested a man they believe is the key figure behind a brutal human trafficking network that ran a jungle camp where dozens of bodies have been found.

Hong Kong police hunt kidnap gang that fled with $3.6 mn ransom

Hong Kong police on Wednesday launched a city-wide hunt for a gang that made off with a ransom of HK$28 million ($3.6 million) paid by the family of a 29-year-old kidnap victim.

West Bengal: Posters demand ransom, threaten to abduct school students

Posters put up at the gates of a school at Englishbazar here demanding ransom and threatening abduction of students in case of failure to pay it has created panic in the minds of the people.

Ransom may have been paid for Father Alexis' release: Congress' Manish Tewari

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday suggested that ransom may have been paid for the release of Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar Ananthaswamy in Afghanistan, latching to reported comments of his family regarding it.

Abducted child rescued, two held

A five-year-old boy kidnapped from the city for ransom was on Thursday rescued by police and his abductors were arrested, police said.

Italian hostage release raises questions over ransom

Italian politicians welcomed the liberation of two Italian aid volunteers held hostage in Syria but their release drew criticism over a possible ransom payment.

Abductors of 11 non-tribals reduce ransom amount in Mizoram

The abductors of 11 non-tribals in Mizoram have reduced their earlier ransom amount from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 11 lakh, police officials said here on Tuesday.

Islamic State demands for US hostage cannot be met, parents say

The parents of an American hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State militants said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Monday that they are unable to meet the financial and other demands of their son`s captors.

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.

Foley family says was 'threatened' by US official over ransom: Report

The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official who warned that family members could be charged with supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to his Islamist captors, ABC News reported on Friday.

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.

Minor boy abducted and killed for ransom in Assam

A 12-year old boy was abducted and killed for ransom by a man at Changsari in Kamrup (Rural) district, police said on Monday.

European ransoms now al Qaeda`s major funding

Al Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least USD 125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, according to a media report.

Gawli gang member arrested for demanding ransom

A 38-year-old man, said to be a member of the Arun Gawli gang, has been arrested by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch for allegedly demanding a ransom of Rs five lakh from a Dombivali-based hotel-owner, police said.