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December 11, 1990
In response to Robert E. Hunter's "Peace Is at Hand, Winner in Doubt" and Charles Krauthammer's "Hussein Craftily Plays One Card of His Handful" (Commentary, Dec. 7): Both neglected a very important aspect of Saddam Hussein's release of hostages. It will remove one of the key legal underpinnings to President Bush's power to employ force against Iraq without express congressional authority. Hussein has thus managed to create even an additional wedge to that which already exists between the President and Congress.
April 3, 2012 | By Chris Kraul and Jenny Carolina Gonzalez, Los Angeles Times
BOGOTA, Colombia — Ending a long-running and inhuman nightmare for the victims and their families, Colombia's largest rebel group on Monday released its final 10 military hostages, some of whom had been in captivity in makeshift jungle prisons for more than 14 years. A military helicopter on loan from the Brazilian government and staffed with international Red Cross mediators to complete a prearranged release plucked the four soldiers and six police hostages from the hands of rebels at an unspecified location on the border of Meta and Guaviare provinces in eastern Colombia.
January 19, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - Algerian troops raided a remote natural gas refinery Saturday, killing 11 Islamic militants but not before extremists executed seven hostages who for days had been trapped in a deepening international crisis, according to media reports. Algerian state media described the army mission as the “final assault” to end a hostage ordeal that began in the predawn Wednesday at a gas compound on the Algerian-Libyan border. It was not clear if the hostages killed were Algerians or foreigners.
October 25, 2013 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See below for details.
A gunman surrendered to police inside a North Carolina pharmacy Friday morning after holding three employees hostages, firing on police and stealing drugs during an early morning robbery attempt, according to police in Belmont, N.C., just west of Charlotte. The 46-year-old gunman laid a SKS rifle on a store counter at about 7 a.m. and surrendered several hours after entering the store and taking two men and a woman hostage. The hostages were not harmed, police said. [Updated, 11:35 a.m. PST, Oct. 25: Edward Scott Russ, 46, of Gastonia, N.C., was charged Friday with kidnapping, assault on law enforcement officers, attempted first-degree murder, communicating threats and robbery with a dangerous weapon, police said.
August 24, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Al Jacinto, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- In a desperate act to regain his job, a disgruntled ex-police officer Monday hijacked a busload of Hong Kong tourists in Manila, prompting a 12-hour drama that ended with eight captives and the suspect being killed, authorities said. Much of the episode played out in pouring rain as authorities surrounded the bus, a maneuver that snarled traffic. In the end, the suspect, former police Capt. Rolando Mendoza, 55, was killed by a sniper shot near the front door of the bus, where he staked out a last-stand battle with 30 police commandos, who moved in with tear gas and flash bombs.
September 25, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Terrorists who carried out the attack on the Westgate shopping mall here claimed Wednesday that 137 hostages were buried in the rubble of collapsed sections of the building. Shabab also claimed via a Twitter account that Kenyan authorities had lobbed "chemical agents" into the mall, killing dozens of hostages, as the effort to retake the shopping center reached its climax. Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu rejected the claims. "Al Shabab is known for wild allegations, and there is absolutely no truth to what they're saying," he told the Associated Press.
January 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- The Algerian news agency reported Thursday that as many as 45 hostages, including Americans, had escaped from a natural gas complex a day after Islamic militants seized the installation in retaliation for French airstrikes against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali.    The Algerian report said 30 Algerians and 15 foreigners had fled the compound Thursday. The report could not be independently confirmed. The Associated Press, quoting an unnamed Algerian official, said 20 foreigners, including Americans, had escaped.
March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police said Friday that overnight reports of a gunman holding hostages at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown could not been verified and that the only crime officers could confirm was vandalism to an employee's vehicle. LAPD  Officer Nuria Vanegas said police received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at the site of Homeboy Industries at 130 Bruno St. holding six to eight people inside at gunpoint. Vanegas told KTLA that the caller was not at the location.
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