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# Hostages

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Hostages released after stand-off at synagogue in Texas
The FBI said the man was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community.
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The Ukranian President has defended posting a film recommendation in order to end a hostage crisis
The hostage situation ended after the president posted about a documentary narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Three dead after man takes two women hostage in Zurich flat
Zurich police confirmed that three people – two women and a man – have died.
Two French soldiers killed in operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso
One American, one Korean and two French hostages were freed in the operation.
Woman killed after gunman takes hostages at Los Angeles supermarket
The gunman eventually handcuffed himself and surrendered to police.
Four children and suspected gunman found dead after Orlando hostage situation
The children aged one, six, 10 and 11 were found dead by officers overnight.
Policeman critical after swapping himself for hostage as three die in France terrorist attack
The attacker had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Englishman who took hostages at bowling alley jailed for 12 years
David Clarke believed his ex-partner was on the premises.
Couple had children while being held hostage in Afghanistan as they dreamed of a big family
“We’re Irish, haha,” the father said as way of explanation.
Freed hostage says militants killed his infant daughter and raped his wife
Boyle provided a written statement to The Associated Press saying his family has “unparalleled resilience and determination.”
Hostage situation in South Carolina ends after 'disgruntled employee' shot by police
“This is not an act of terrorism,” the mayor of Charleston said.
Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in Florida
A SWAT team stormed the building after the gunman was distracted by two people making a run for it.
Attack targets school as 250,000 prayed nearby to mark end of Ramadan
It is believed to have been carried out by Islamists.
Suspect gunman 'shot dead' after workplace incident at a Walmart in Texas
Earlier reports indicated that he had captured hostages.
Al-Qaeda gunmen kill at least 20 people outside African hotel popular with tourists
Around 10 vehicles were on fire in the street where the four-star Splendid hotel is located in a busy, central area of Ouagadougou.
Islamic State group says it executed Norwegian and Chinese hostages
Photos of two bodies which appeared to be those of the men featured in the English-language magazine Dabiq.
Japan scrambles to verify footage of Islamic State hostage execution
It is not yet clear whether the video shows two kidnapped Japanese hostages.
Italy denies paying €10m ransom to free young hostages
The women were kidnapped last July.
Australian PM: 'I will not rest until the public is as safe as possible'
An inquiry will also take place into action by police prior to the siege.
Nigerian authorities 'furious' parents of four girls failed to say children had safely returned
Authorities have revised down number of girls kidnapped. There are 219 girls still missing.
French hostage freed from Syria says he is "very happy to be free"
Didier Francois was one of four Frenchmen kidnapped in Syria ten months ago.
Police officer and teacher killed at Moscow school shooting
The gunman shot and killed a police officer and teacher before taking the students hostage.
French hostages released after three years return to France
The four men were kidnapped in 2010 by the North African wing of al-Qaida.
40 years ago, this is how 'Stockholm Syndrome' was born
The man who took hostages in a Swedish bank in August 1973 tells his story – and how those he had taken prisoner “more or less sided with me”.
Algeria says 37 foreigners killed in gas plant siege
The Algerian PM said some of the hostages had been executed “with a bullet to the head” as the four-day crisis ended in a bloodbath.
'They were brutally executed' - Hostages describe Algeria siege ordeal
Survivors of the four-day crisis say they were strapped to explosives while some describe finding bodies riddled with bullets, their heads half blown away by the impact.
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.
Fate of foreign hostages in Algeria hangs in balance
It is believed that there are still around 10 hostages, but more workers remain unaccounted for, including 10 Japanese and eight Norwegians.
Irish hostage released in Algeria amid conflicting reports of casualties
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the news that Stephen McFaul has been freed – but confusion remains over the fate of the other hostages.
Toulouse bank raider releases one hostage
Three people are still being held hostage by the gunman at a bank branch in Toulouse.
Gunman holds two people hostage in northern Greek factory
Two other men who were injured by the gunman have been taken to hospital.
Two hostages dead after pirates hijack ship off Somali coast
The Danish warship had been following the hijacked vessel for several days before attempting to board it.
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.
Three hostages killed after police station siege in Iraq
Local officials say all of the gunmen involved in the siege were killed after security forces stormed the building.
Somali pirates take multi-million dollar ransom - but keep hostages
Pirate group deviates from own practice of ransom-then-release in retaliation for the Indian navy’s arrest of over 100 pirates.
Hostage siege in Iraq government building leaves 21 dead
Men armed with guns and explosives attacked government headquarters and may have taken three council members hostage.