France says their captors were terrorists who planned to hand them over to an al Qaeda affiliate in Mali.
Two French soldiers have been killed during a rescue operation by special forces of four people being held hostage by an armed group in Burkina Faso
The UK Foreign Office confirms David Squire was killed, but three others who were kidnapped at the same time have been freed.
Colombia's ELN rebel group has admitted a Russian-Armenian citizen it held hostage for six months was killed in April.
A man held a woman hostage at a Dutch radio station on Thursday morning, before releasing her and being arrested by police.
A police spokeswoman
The chaotic gun battle that ended the siege was the bloodiest incident of its kind in modern Russian history.
Russia’s response to the 2004 Beslan school siege had ‘‘serious failings’‘ and breached human rights laws, one of Europe’s top courts has said.
An attack on the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul has ended with 13 people dead including seven students.
The people of Manbij have been celebrating their liberation from the so-called Islamic State group. The fate of civilians taken as human shields remains unclear.
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters say they have seized full control of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, liberating more than 2,000 civilian hostages who had been held as human…
Armed men who seized a police station in the Armenian capital Yerevan have surrendered after a two week stand-off.
The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIL) says two of its “soldiers” carried out a church attack in the French region of Normandy in which a priest was murdered and worshippers taken…
Hundreds of demonstrators have clashed with police in Armenia in support of gunmen who have taken several policemen captive.
In Armenia, gunmen have seized a police station in the capital Yerevan taking hostages, including the country’s police chief.
In western Kenya, several police officers have been killed, after a gunman held up a police station early on Thursday morning.
Bangladeshi police have stormed a restaurant in Dhaka trying to free 20 hostages including several foreigners – trapped inside after gunmen attacked it on Friday…
Several women and children have been dramatically rescued in China after being taken hostage by a suspected drug-dealer.
Islamist militants in the Philippines have killed Canadian hostage John Ridsdel in what Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned as an
US army segeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been charged with desertion, appeared before a court to ask for time on deciding whether a judge or a jury
A hostage taking incident in the northern French town of Roubaix appears to be over. Police have reported one gunman as dead and another arrested
Security has been tightened in Bamako, a day after heavily-armed militants took 170 people hostage at one of the city’s luxury hotels. A state of
Up to 27 people are believed to have been killed following an attack on a luxury hotel in the Malian capital, Bamako. Eyewitnesses say the assailants
At least 22 people have been killed in a siege at a luxury hotel in the Mali capital Bamako. Islamist gunmen stormed the Radisson and took 170
Army raids on Boko Haram camps in north-eastern Nigeria are said to have resulted in the release of 338 hostages. According to a military statement
The Croatian government says it cannot be “100 percent” sure that a Croatian man has been beheaded by ISIL-affiliated militants. Officials are trying