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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Hostage

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# Golan Heights
Kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers "will be released soon"
That’s according to the country’s Ministry of Information.
# Back Together
French mum reunited with two-year-old daughter taken by alleged jihadi father in October
The father was arrested in Turkey last weekend with their daughter Assia.
# Freed
US hostage released in Syria after two years
Peter Theo Curtis is believed to have been released in the Golan Heights region.
# Love
James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it's beautiful
“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”
# Iraq
Militants seize Saddam's hometown, set sights on Baghdad
They have already captured a large swathe of northern and north-central Iraq, prompting as many as half a million people to flee their homes.
# Robbery
Gun-toting fake postman tricks family, takes them hostage
The family were tricked into letting the man into their home early today.
# Pinhal Novo
Portugal restaurant siege ends with officer, gunman dead
Six others, including four police, were injured by explosions in the seven-hour ordeal.
# Syria
Three kidnapped Red Cross staffers are 'free and safe'
Seven staff had been kidnapped when their convoy was stopped at a roadside.
# Domestic
Garda negotiators called to Galway home after a man barricaded himself inside
The man had a can of petrol with him and he set the house on fire.
# Austria
Austrian poacher dies in fire after killing three police officers and a paramedic
Police said today they believe they have found his charred remains in a hidden room at his farmhouse.
# vengeance
France vows: Mali hostage death will not 'go unpunished'
“We found a body 10 days ago in northern Mali… we will determine the cause of death and nothing will go unpunished,” French president Francois Hollande said.
# Taiz
Gunmen kidnap two foreign tourists in Yemen
A man and a woman were seized today while they were outside a hotel in the eastern part of the central Yemeni city of Taiz.
# New York
Student accidentally shot dead by police while aiming for burglar
The intruder was killed in New York.
# Rescue
'Brave' five-year-old safe after week-long hostage ordeal
The kidnapper was killed during the rescue operation.
# Algeria
Algeria: Irish hostage Stephen McFaul returns home to family
In a statement, McFaul said he wanted time to reflect on what had happened to him and his colleagues in Algeria.
# Hostage
Algeria hostage 'arrives home to Ireland'
Stephen McFaul arrived back home to Northern Ireland yesterday evening, latest reports say.
# hostage crisis
Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in Algerian hostage crisis
As many as 48 hostages are believed to have been killed in the crisis.
# Algeria
Algeria: 18 killed - including seven hostages - in 'final assault'
Algerian security forces are now thought to be sweeping the gas plant to remove landmines planted around it.
# Algeria
Algerians still pursuing 'terrorists' at gas field: Cameron
Cameron said he was “disappointed” to have not been informed in advance of the assault on the plant
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added hovering DeLorean
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# irish hostage
Irish hostage: Algeria troops surround Islamist hostage-takers
The group of hostages include a citizen from Northern Ireland who holds an Irish passport.
# Algeria
Irish citizen among oil-workers kidnapped from BP plant in Algeria
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has called for the immediate release of an Irish citizen reportedly among those kidnapped from a BP oil field in the south of Algeria.
# rescue attempt
Captors kill hostage in Somalia during French raid
The hostage, known as Denis Allex, had been captured in 2009.
# Shooting
Four shot dead in hostage situation in Aurora, Colorado
The gunman killed three people at the house in Aurora before he was shot dead by police.
# Pittsburgh
Man takes at least one person hostage in Pittsburgh office building
Police had been communicating with the man via Facebook, but the page is said to have been shut down.
# Netherlands
F16s escort plane to Schiphol after 'hijacking' mix-up
Two F16s were scrambled to escort a flight to the ground after its pilot failed to make contact with the ground.
# Hostage
Updated: Gunman taken by police after hostage stand-off at school
An armed man had held one adult in France, after initially taking children hostage.
Interview: ‘I just survived’ – ex-Beirut hostage John McCarthy on his ordeal
John McCarthy, released from a Beirut cell 21 years ago, has written a new book. He spoke to about captivity, celebrity… and Martin McGuinness.
# stand off
Man held four people hostage in Tipperary pharmacy
The stand-off ended after more than two hours when a Garda used a taser on the man.
# Pakistan
Al-Qaeda releases video of American hostage
In the video, hostage Warren Weinstein says he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group’s demands.
# Iraq
US citizen released by Iraqi captors
However, confusion surrounds release of man who says he was kidnapped after serving with the US military in Iraq.
# Hostage
Man holds his mother hostage for 28 hours
West Midlands Police say that the situation was ‘peacefully resolved’ this morning.
# Mystery
Family releases hostage video of ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran
Bob Levinson has been missing for the past four years. In desperate plea for information, his family released a hostage video they received a year ago.
# Yemen
Aid workers freed in Yemen
The three French workers had been held hostage by al-Qaeda militants for six months. Meanwhile, demonstrations continue (pictured) against the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
# Hostage
Turkish forces shoot dead ferry hijacker
The 24 hostages – 18 passengers and six crew – were found unharmed.
# Hostage
Frenchwoman abducted in Kenya dies weeks after kidnapping
The 66-year-old woman was taken from her rented house on a Kenyan island earlier this month by suspected Somali militants.
# Australia
Sydney siege ends with police raid
The man who entered a suburban office with his 12-year-old daughter claimed to have a bomb in his bag.