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Japanese journalist taken hostage 3 years ago in Syria released

Japanese journalist taken hostage 3 years ago in Syria released

A Japanese journalist held hostage by militants after being captured in Syria three years ago has been released and would be brought home as soon as possible, Japan's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

Leah Sharibu, 15, was among more than 100 schoolgirls abducted from their hostel in the town of Dapchi in the restive northeast on February 19.

Gunmen take dozens hostage in eastern Afghan city

Gunmen take dozens hostage in eastern Afghan city

Suspected militants stormed a government building in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, taking dozens of people hostage after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said.

Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris

Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris

Police rescued two hostages and arrested a man at a small business in central Paris on Tuesday after he demanded to be put in touch with the Iranian Embassy to deliver a message to the French government, authorities said.

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after taking the place of a woman whom Radouane Lakdim had been using as a human shield during his attack at a supermarket in the town of Trebes.

At least one dead in French supermarket hostage-taking

At least one dead in French supermarket hostage-taking

At least one person was killed when a man took hostages in a supermarket in the southwestern French town of Trebes on Friday, the mayor told BFM TV.

Bangladesh arrests pilot accused of plot to hijack plane

Bangladesh arrests pilot accused of plot to hijack plane

The Rapid Action Battalion police unit said Sabbir Emam plotted with senior extremists from Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh to crash a plane into the homes of politicians or to take passengers hostage.

Freed hostage says Taliban faction murdered his baby

Freed hostage says Taliban faction murdered his baby

Joshua Boyle and his American wife and three children were freed on Wednesday in Pakistan after five years of captivity at the hands of the Haqqani network.

Trump hails release of US-Canadian couple from Taliban

Trump hails release of US-Canadian couple from Taliban

The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a "positive moment" for US relations with Pakistan.

Dutch police arrest man after knife drama at broadcaster

Dutch police arrest man after knife drama at broadcaster

Dutch police arrested a man on Thursday in the country's central broadcasting centre of Hilversum, after he took a woman hostage following a spat in a parking lot, a spokeswoman said.

Australia police shoot hostage taker dead; scour for militant links

Australia police shoot hostage taker dead; scour for militant links

Australian police on Monday shot dead a gunman in the city of Melbourne who had been holding a woman hostage, police said, adding that they were investigating if the incident was linked to militant activity.

Philippine shopping mall hostage-taking kills two

Philippine shopping mall hostage-taking kills two

Two people were killed and three others injured on Sunday in a hostage-taking incident inside a mall in a city outside the Philippine capital, a provincial police chief said.