HOSTAGE

  • Watch: Timeline of Sydney siege 5 days ago

    Watch the 17-hour-long siege that unfolded in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney on Monday. ...
  • Sydney: Twitteratis come out in support of Muslim women abused on a bus 5 days ago

    Thousands have come out to show their solidarity with Muslims and are tweeting with the hashtag 'I will ride with you'. The movement was started after reports that some women in burqas were abused on a bus in Sydney following the hostage crisis. Anti-Muslim sentiment flared as chilling images from...
  • Sydney crisis: Lindt cafe manager, lawyer killed in hostage drama 5 days ago

    Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria in Sydney were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer. The 38-year-old lawyer, Katrina Dawson, was a mother of three young children who became the victim of the siege. She was...
  • Belgium hostage crisis: 3 suspects surrender, no hints of terror 6 days ago

    Brussles: Three suspects in an armed hostage-taking incident in the Belgian city of Ghent surrendered to police on Monday, reports said, as officials said there were no indications of terrorism. Police had earlier surrounded an apartment after four armed men took a captive in a working-class area of the northwestern city. The...
  • Sydney crisis: Hostage-taker named as Iranian refugee with criminal past 6 days ago

    Sydney: An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh,...
  • Sydney: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Lindt cafe 6 days ago

    Sydney: An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. As night fell, there were no reports of injuries and the gunman's motives remained unclear....
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis 6 days ago

    Sydney: Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist...
  • Hostage calls up Radio presenter from Sydney's Lindt cafe 6 days ago

    A radio show host in Australia told CNN that one of the hostages inside the Sydney cafe got in touch with him and he could hear the gunman giving instructions to the hostages. ...
  • Sydney crisis: Infosys software engineer amongst hostages in Lindt cafe 6 days ago

    Sydney: An Indian software professional is amongst several other people held hostage by an armed gunman in a cafe in downtown Sydney. A native of Andhra Pradesh, the engineer works with Infosys Australia. "One software engineer is among the hostages. He is an employee of Infosys Australia. Our consulate in Sydney...
  • Sydney hostage incident terrifying, can't say if it's politically motivated: Australian PM 6 days ago

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott convened a meeting of his security inner circle in his Cabinet to discuss the response to the hostage-taking. An armed man has taken undisclosed number of people hostage at a popular cafe sparking a security alert in Australia. ...
  • Radio host speaks to hostage in Sydney cafe 6 days ago

    Sydney: A Sydney-based radio presenter on Monday said he spoke to one of the hostages being held inside a cafe here and he could hear the gunman talking in the background. "The male hostage was remarkably calm when relaying information over the phone from the gunman," said Ray Hadley, a radio...
  • Crisis ends as police storm Sydney's Lindt cafe, Indian hostage reported safe; as it happened. 6 days ago

    Sydney: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. #SydneyTerror: Share your experiences...
  • Australia: Several held hostage by armed gunman at Sydney cafe, key landmarks evacuated 6 days ago

    Sydney: A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. Four hours after the incident first erupted inside the Lindt...
  • Barack Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages November 19, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of US citizens taken hostage by the Islamic...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger September 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the welldressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...
  • ISIS releases 49 Turkish hostages September 20, 2014

    London: As many as 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq on Saturday returned to Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the 49 hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers, BBC reported. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul city...
  • Family of James Foley celebrates his life, prays for hostages August 25, 2014

    Rochester: The family of murdered US journalist James Foley prayed for the safety of his fellow hostages as hundreds had gathered for a mass to celebrate his life as a witness on the front line. Foley was kidnapped in late 2012 in northern Syria by the jihadist group that now...
  • Two robbers arrested, five escape June 26, 2014

    Two dacoity were caught while committing dacoity in Chatra village of Dumka district, police said on Thursday. A group of dacoits barged into the house a grocery shop owner, Kanhailal Sheel late night on Wednesday and started committing dacoity after taking his family members hostage at gun point, said Deputy SP AK...
  • Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal June 6, 2014

    Brussels: President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise on Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington. Critics, both Republican and Democratic, have asked whether the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for...
  • Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings June 4, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted. Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the president...
  • 3 men kidnap 16yearold married girl, gangrape her for 3 days February 11, 2014

    A 16yearold married girl was allegedly kept hostage and gangraped by three men for three days in Alwar district, police said on Monday. An FIR was lodged by the victim and her maternal uncle on Sunday against the accusedSurendra Meena, Ashok Meena and Mausam Meena under IPC Section 363 for abduction,...
  • Three youths gangrape, keep girl hostage for three days February 10, 2014

    A 16yearold married girl was allegedly kept hostage and gangraped by three youths for three days in Alwar district in Jaipur, police said on Monday. An FIR was lodged by the victim and her maternal uncle on Sunday against the accusedSurendra Meena, Ashok Meena and Mausam Meena under IPC Section 363...
  • Gujarat Congress worker gives Rs 600 cr property to domestic help January 14, 2014

    Rajkot: In a generous gift for 40 years of service in Gujarat, a Congress worker, Gajraj Sinh Jadeja, in Rajkot gave away property worth Rs 600 crore to his domestic help. The man who died in September 2013 wrote a will leaving all his property to his help. The will...
  • American AlQaeda hostage seeks Obama's help December 27, 2013

    The FBI is trying to authenticate the 13minute alleged Al Qaeda video that shows a 72yearold American hostage urging his government to help free him. American contract worker Warren Weinstein was taken from his home in Pakistan several years ago. ...
  • Advocate arrested for raping, holding minor girl hostage for 13 days December 26, 2013

    An advocate has been arrested along with his wife on charges of raping and holding a teenager girl hostage for 13 days at their residence in Ujjain, police said on Thursday. The 17yearold who had gone missing since December 12 had gone to advocate Balkrishna Nagar's residence in Sampat Nagar that...
  • Freed Lebanese, Turkish hostages fly home after deal October 21, 2013

    Beirut/Istanbul: Two kidnapped Turkish pilots arrived in Istanbul after leaving Lebanon on Saturday and nine Lebanese hostages freed from Syria landed in Beirut, completing a hostage exchange after months of uncertainty. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greeted the Turkish Airlines pilots on the tarmac as they disembarked from a Qatar Airways jet...
  • Kenya mall attack: AlShabaab claims it is still holding hostages September 24, 2013

    The terrorist group that attacked a Nairobi mall and killed at least 60 people says it is still holding hostages alive inside and that its fighters are "still holding their ground." The Twitter messages posted on Tuesday by the alQaedalinked rebel group alShabaab came after Kenyan government assurances of success in...
  • 116 civilians freed after Philippine troops retake rebel-held villages post 9-day standoff September 17, 2013

    Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas of a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels and rescued 116 of more than 100 civilians held hostage in a nine-day standoff, the military said on Tuesday. About 64 hostages were freed or escaped during military operations early on...
  • Delhi: Neighbour rapes, kidnaps a 16yearold girl July 3, 2013

    New Delhi: A 16yearold girl was kept hostage by a neighbour for four days in a house in Delhi and raped, said police on Tuesday. The attacker and one of his friends have been arrested. The victim, a Class 7 student from Kalyanpuri in east Delhi, was lured away from her...
  • Gunman who held firefighters hostage in his Atlanta home killed April 11, 2013

    Atlanta: A gunman who held four Georgia firefighters hostage on Wednesday, demanding his utilities and cell phone service be restored, was killed after an exchange of gunfire with authorities who moved in to free the captives, police said. An officer was wounded and the firefighters, taken hostage after responding to...