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# Hostages

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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.
Danish family and crew snatched by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean
The incident happened last week but the Danish government has only announced it now as they attempt to rescue the captured family and their crew.
Pirates kill four American hostages on hijacked yacht
Four US citizens who were taken hostage off the coast of Oman last Friday have been killed by their captors.
Piracy hits new record in 2010, with over 1100 hostages
Increased maritime patrols haven’t hampered pirates from kidnapping a record number of people off the Somali coast.
Piracy costing world economy billions every year
At last, a sector of the global economy that appears to be thriving… piracy.
High school siege ends after student shoots himself
A Wisconsin student (15) held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage for hours before turning his gun on himself.