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WH's Top Counterterrorism Official Had Secret Syrian Meeting

Kash Patel visited for negotiations on Austin Tice, other hostages—the first such visit in 10 years

(Newser) - American journalist Austin Tice disappeared in Syria eight years ago, and is believed to have been a captive there since. Now, in what Bloomberg calls a "rare sign of diplomacy," sources say the White House's top counterterrorism official has traveled there for secret talks to negotiate for... More »

Hostage Crisis Ends After PM Asks People to Watch Film

Ukraine gunman seized bus

(Newser) - An "unstable" armed man who seized more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in the western Ukraine city of Lutsk was detained late Tuesday after a standoff that lasted for over 12 hours and all hostages were freed unharmed, officials said. At one point during the standoff,... More »

5 Dead, Dozens Arrested After Church Hostage Situation

Incident in South Africa 'may have been motivated by a feud' between church members

(Newser) - Five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg, police in South Africa said Saturday. A statement said police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church headquarters in Zuurbekom... More »

Ex-Security Guard Releases Hostages After 10 Hours

Filipino man accused mall bosses of corruption

(Newser) - A recently dismissed security guard freed dozens of hostages and was subdued by police after walking out of a shopping mall in the Philippine capital on Monday, ending a daylong hostage crisis in an upscale commercial district near the police and military headquarters, officials said. The former guard at the... More »

French Soldiers Killed Rescuing American Hostage

3 other foreign hostages also rescued in Burkina Faso

(Newser) - An American woman is among four hostages freed by French soldiers during a raid in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Two French soldiers were killed in the overnight raid, which was supported by US intelligence, reports Reuters . Not much is known about the US woman, including her identity, who... More »

Trump on $2M 'Bill' for 'Our Great Otto': I Paid Nothing

President insists no money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier

(Newser) - On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders noted that the administration doesn't comment on hostage negotiations, a remark necessitated by reports that North Korea billed the US $2 million for Otto Warmbier's hospice care before the 21-year-old student was sent back to the US in 2017. On... More »

UPS Hostage Taker Is Dead

But 2 female hostages were unharmed

(Newser) - An armed man who entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning and held two women hostage for several hours was shot and killed by police as he left the building with the women, authorities said. Several officers fired at William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, the state Attorney General'... More »

Former Hostage Says Husband Abused Her in Captivity

Canadian Joshua Boyle loses custody of children

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman, the American woman held hostage in Afghanistan for 5 years , says her own husband made the ordeal much worse. In court papers obtained by the Ottawa Citizen , the 32-year-old Coleman says Joshua Boyle, her 34-year-old Canadian husband, became mentally and physically abusive, confining her to a shower stall... More »

After Call for Ceasefire, Taliban Seize 100 Hostages

Women, children taken from buses

(Newser) - The Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses Monday on a road in northern Afghanistan and took more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials say. The ambush came despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of a conditional ceasefire with... More »

Woman Killed in Hostage Standoff at Trader Joe's

Man in custody after shooting grandmother, car chase, gun battle, taking hostages

(Newser) - A California domestic dispute spiraled out of control Saturday, ending with the death of a complete stranger. Police say that an unidentified 28-year-old male got in a fight with his grandmother, shot her at least seven times, then forced another female into the grandmother's Toyota and fled, reports the... More »

4 Kids Dead After Orlando Standoff

Gunman found dead in closet, police say

(Newser) - After nearly 24 hours, a standoff in Orlando ended with the outcome police were dreading. Police say all four children who'd been held hostage in a west Orlando apartment complex were found dead after SWAT officers entered the unit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "A short time ago we... More »

A Gunman Is Holding 4 Kids Hostage in Florida

Suspect shot a police officer during standoff

(Newser) - A man who police say shot an officer then barricaded himself in an apartment with four children was being urged Monday to release the hostages and peacefully end a standoff that had lasted more than 12 hours, the AP reports. Police negotiators have communicated with suspect Gary Lindsey five times... More »

Gunman, 3 Hostages Dead at Calif. Veterans Home

Albert Wong, 36, had been expelled from the facility

(Newser) - A hostage standoff at a California veterans home ended Friday with a grim discovery: four dead bodies, including the gunman's. Authorities say Albert Wong, 36, a decorated Army rifleman, crept into the Veterans Home of California-Yountville with a high-powered rifle and held three mental health workers hostage for hours... More »

Hostage Situation at Largest Veterans Home in US

Police have gunman, 3 hostages surrounded at Veterans Home of California

(Newser) - Three people were being held hostage by a gunman Friday afternoon at the largest veterans home in the US, CNN reports. According to KCRA , shots were reported fired in the dining room of the Veterans Home of California in Napa Valley around 10:20am. Authorities say the gunman, who is... More »

Story of Freed Hostages Takes Disturbing Twist

Canada's Joshua Boyle charged with sex assault and confinement

(Newser) - A Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan has been arrested and faces at least a dozen charges including sexual assault, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Eric Granger said Joshua Boyle also faces assault and forcible confinement charges, and was... More »

Freed Hostage Mom Played Beheading Game With Son

In an effort to make him less afraid, says Caitlan Coleman Boyle

(Newser) - The American hostage mom who was freed five years after being captured by the Taliban-related Haqqani network is detailing the abuse she suffered to ABC News in hopes that those responsible will see some measure of justice for the "human rights violations" committed against the family. Caitlan Coleman Boyle,... More »

Rough Weekend for 'Broken' Freed Family

Joshua Boyle says he and his wife didn't think the adjustment to freedom would be so hard

(Newser) - After five years in captivity, freedom is a lot harder than Joshua Boyle expected. The Canadian man tells CNN he and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are suffering. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," he says. After arriving in Toronto... More »

During Dramatic Rescue, a Shout of 'Kill the Hostages'

But Canadian-American abductees were freed; they may wind up living in Canada

(Newser) - Hidden in the trunk of a car traveling through northwest Pakistan Wednesday, a US-Canadian family of five suddenly heard gunfire, followed by a cry from one of their abductors. "Kill the hostages," the man shouted, per the New York Times . After a short firefight, however, Pakistani forces pulled... More »

5 Years, 3 Kids Later, Couple Is Freed From Taliban Group

American Caitlan Coleman, family are 'safe and sound'

(Newser) - An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children born during five years in Taliban captivity are finally free. Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle, both in their 30s, and their three children were rescued by Pakistani security forces shortly after the family crossed into the country on Wednesday, Pakistan'... More »

Machete-Wielding Man Takes 9 Hostage at Bank

It doesn't appear to be an attempted robbery

(Newser) - A machete-wielding man was arrested Friday in Tennessee after taking nine people hostage inside a bank, ABC News reports. According to WZTV , the situation started around 2:45pm at the Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia. Police say it's unclear why the suspect took hostages at the bank,... More »

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