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SWAT team storms house in Israel, 4-year-old hostage freed in 6 seconds (Video)

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ASHEKELON (ISRAEL) – A SWAT team stormed a house in six seconds in Israel to free a four-year-old girl from a mentally-ill man. The captor, a 30-year-old with mental illness, locked himself in an apartment’s room with his niece last Tuesday. Police initially tried to negotiate but the man wouldn’t let the hostage go. Eventually, a SWAT team [...]

Al-Qaida linked terrorist takes four hostages in Toulouse

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TOULOUSE, France (AP) – A gunman took four people hostage Thursday in a bank in the southern French city of Toulouse and fired a shot, police said. French television reported that he claimed allegiance to the al-Qaida terrorist group. Tensions have been high in Toulouse since March, when a gunman who police said claimed links [...]

Maoist Rebels release abducted Italian hostage

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NEW DELHI – Maoist rebels on Thursday released an Italian tourist guide abducted more than a month ago from a remote forest area of eastern India after the state government agreed to release five rebels from prison. Paulo Basusco along with Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo was abducted on March 14 while on a trek in [...]

Italy and UK pacifying Nigeria tiff

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ROME – Italy and Britain are trying to smooth over a diplomatic tiff about the bungled operation to rescue two hostages in Nigeria by saying it’s urgent that Britain share information about the mission. Italy has been incensed that it was only advised of the operation to rescue Franco Lamolinara and his British colleague Chris [...]

Italy reacts angrily at Britain’s failed rescue operation

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ROME – President Giorgio Napolitano called “inexplicable” Britain’s failure to “inform and consult” with Italy on an attempt to rescue an Italian held hostage in Nigeria. The death of the Italian along with a British hostage has led to heavy criticism of Britain but also accusations by Italian politicians that Premier Mario Monti’s government of [...]

British and Italian hostages killed in Nigeria

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LONDON – It has been reported that One British and one Italian hostage held in Nigeria have been killed during a rescue attempt by Nigerian and U.K. forces, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday. Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara were captured in northern Nigeria in May. Cameron says it looks as if both hostages [...]

Body of UK hostage flipped over to embassy in Iraq

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LONDON – Britain claims that the body of a U.K. national killed in Iraq in 2007 has been flipped over to the British Embassy in Baghdad. Alan McMenemy was one of five men kidnapped in the Iraqi capital in 2007. The bodies of three of his colleagues were returned in 2009. Peter Moore was the [...]

Man charged in hostage case after Facebook rescue

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah police have filed charges against a 33-year-old man they say held his girlfriend and her 17-month-old son hostage for five days until rescuers were tipped off by her plea for help on Facebook. Troy Reed Critchfield is charged with 12 counts, including aggravated kidnapping, sodomy, rape, aggravated assault, domestic violence, [...]

Hostage taking at Greek jail

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ATHENS, Greece – Inmates at Greece’s largest jail have taken at least one prison guard hostage, police and justice ministry officials said Monday. Special police forces were sent to Korydallos prison, west of Athens, as authorities confirmed that a guard had been taken hostage during visiting hours. The Justice Ministry confirmed that convicted murderer and [...]

Philippines: ex Korean hostage dies of illness

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine police say one of three South Korean businessmen who were released from a month of captivity has died of complications from an infection. Police said Monday that 52-year-old Choi Inn-so died in a hospital in southern Cagayan de Oro city last week after surgery. He was abandoned by his kidnappers Nov. [...]