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January 13, 1991 | From Reuters
A Belgian family, held hostage in the Middle East since 1987, flew home Saturday after a jailed Palestinian guerrilla had been whisked out of the country. Emmanuel Houtekins, 45; his wife, Godelieve Kets, 40, and their children, Laurent, 20, and Valerie, 19, were shown on Belgian television getting out of a helicopter near the main military hospital here.
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November 17, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
New movement on the Beirut hostage crisis was foreshadowed Saturday by the reported arrival of a key United Nations negotiator in Damascus, Syria, and an Iranian press dispatch saying that two Western captives, an American and a Briton, would be released soon. The report in today's editions of the Tehran Times said the releases would be made "on humanitarian grounds" and that the kidnapers would "most probably give priority to a British hostage." It did not speculate on the timing.
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April 5, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi said that foreign hostages and prisoners of conscience should be freed to mark the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, according to Libya's media. Tripoli Radio quoted Kadafi as urging all Muslims holding innocent Western hostages to adhere to the teachings of Islam. During Ramadan, it is customary for rulers of Islamic countries to pardon prisoners to mark the holiday. Eight Americans are among Westerners being held hostage in Lebanon.
NEWS
January 13, 1991 | From Reuters
A Belgian family, held hostage in the Middle East since 1987, flew home Saturday after a jailed Palestinian guerrilla had been whisked out of the country. Emmanuel Houtekins, 45; his wife, Godelieve Kets, 40, and their children, Laurent, 20, and Valerie, 19, were shown on Belgian television getting out of a helicopter near the main military hospital here.
NEWS
August 21, 1990 | DAVID LAMB and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although Saddam Hussein's detention of 12,000 Westerners in Iraq and Kuwait is without numerical precedent, hostage-taking is one of the oldest tools of warfare, dating back more than 2,000 years. Julius Caesar was held hostage by pirates in 75 BC, before ransoming himself and returning to crucify his captors.
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November 17, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
New movement on the Beirut hostage crisis was foreshadowed Saturday by the reported arrival of a key United Nations negotiator in Damascus, Syria, and an Iranian press dispatch saying that two Western captives, an American and a Briton, would be released soon. The report in today's editions of the Tehran Times said the releases would be made "on humanitarian grounds" and that the kidnapers would "most probably give priority to a British hostage." It did not speculate on the timing.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Terry Waite was always a special hostage. Now, with the broadcast on "Frontline" tonight of BBC reporter Gavin Hewitt's "The Secret Story of Terry Waite" (10 p.m. on KCET Channel 28 and KPBS Channel 15), we may be discovering just how special he was. It seemed a cruel irony that the Anglican emissary, so dogged and often successful in his pursuit of freeing hostages in Beirut, himself became a hostage of Shiite Muslims in early 1987.
NEWS
August 21, 1990 | DAVID LAMB and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although Saddam Hussein's detention of 12,000 Westerners in Iraq and Kuwait is without numerical precedent, hostage-taking is one of the oldest tools of warfare, dating back more than 2,000 years. Julius Caesar was held hostage by pirates in 75 BC, before ransoming himself and returning to crucify his captors.
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April 5, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi said that foreign hostages and prisoners of conscience should be freed to mark the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, according to Libya's media. Tripoli Radio quoted Kadafi as urging all Muslims holding innocent Western hostages to adhere to the teachings of Islam. During Ramadan, it is customary for rulers of Islamic countries to pardon prisoners to mark the holiday. Eight Americans are among Westerners being held hostage in Lebanon.
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