- Lebanese held hostage by Syria militants appear in video Updated: May-05-15 6:16 am
BEIRUT - Seven Lebanese troops held hostage by al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have appeared in a video posted online.
- With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death Updated: May-03-15 5:16 pm
YOLA, Nigeria - Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.
- Missouri woman tells police a man locked her in box Updated: May-01-15 5:14 pm
SEDALIA, Missouri - A central Missouri woman fled from a home she shared with a man who'd been holding her captive since January, sometimes confined in a wooden box, authorities said Friday.
- Police surround Dell Rapids home following false report Updated: May-01-15 2:20 pm
DELL RAPIDS, South Dakota - A Dell Rapids family woke up to officers surrounding their house Friday morning after police received a false report that a man was threatening to kill his daughter.
- Pakistanis see double standard in drone strikes Updated: May-01-15 6:51 am
ISLAMABAD - People in Pakistan who live under the threat of U.S. drone strikes see a double standard at work in Washington.
- White House: Facilitating ransom not the same as paying Updated: Apr-30-15 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Despite a U.S. ban on ransom payments to terrorists, the White House said Thursday that federal officials helping to facilitate a payment is not the same as actually paying a ransom.
- Lawmakers to LePage: Stop holding bonds 'hostage' Updated: Apr-28-15 4:20 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's refusal to issue voter-approved bonds provoked a rare public dispute among members of his own party on Tuesday, when a Republican senator unveiled an effort to force the governor to release the funds.
- Ex-firefighter held for trial; accused of taking 4 hostages Updated: Apr-28-15 3:50 pm
ELKINS PARK, Pennsylvania - A former volunteer firefighter was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that he held four firefighters hostage at gunpoint last month, firing one shot into a wall before surrendering.
- Suspect dead, hostage injured as Marion standoff ends Updated: Apr-28-15 3:26 pm
MARION, Illinois - Authorities say a southern Illinois man holding a woman hostage has been killed in a gunfight with police.
- Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages Updated: Apr-26-15 3:25 pm
JERUSALEM - A top Palestinian intelligence official provided first details Sunday of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off.
- Sweden: 2 Swedish hostages released in Syria Updated: Apr-25-15 6:17 pm
HELSINKI - Sweden says that two of its nationals, held hostage in Syria, have been released and are reunited with their families.
- Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans Updated: Apr-25-15 3:16 am
WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.
- Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths Updated: Apr-24-15 7:31 pm
MCLEAN, Virginia - A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.
- Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death Updated: Apr-24-15 3:19 pm
ROME - Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."
- White House seeks to smooth information for hostage families Updated: Apr-24-15 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status.
- Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes' Updated: Apr-24-15 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday.
- US hostage killed in drone strike was former NY professor Updated: Apr-24-15 8:28 am
OSWEGO, New York - The American aid worker killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan was a former professor at a state college in upstate New York.
- Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage Updated: Apr-24-15 4:17 am
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border.
- American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike Updated: Apr-23-15 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Blaming the "fog of war," President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.
- Mistaken killings by US drone show limits of spycraft Updated: Apr-23-15 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade.
- Profiles of 4 killed by drones: aid workers, terror suspects Updated: Apr-23-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A look at the lives of four men - two Western hostages and two American terror suspects - who were killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan.
- US intends to pay families of hostages killed by drone Updated: Apr-23-15 1:39 pm
- American killed in Pakistan was working to develop economy Updated: Apr-23-15 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON - A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty.
- Italy shocked by aid worker's death in US drone strike Updated: Apr-23-15 1:01 pm
ROME - The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. airstrike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans.
- Official: Hostages and US citizens killed in drone strikes Updated: Apr-23-15 10:13 am
WASHINGTON - A U.S. government official says two separate U.S. drone strikes killed the two hostages and two Americans who died in U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida targets in January.