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WORLD
December 31, 2009 | By Ned Parker and Janet Stobart
A British hostage held for 2 1/2 years by a militant Iraqi Shiite Muslim group was freed Wednesday in a move his family hailed as "the best Christmas present ever." Computer consultant Peter Moore was freed as the United States handed over to Iraqi authorities Qais Khazali, the leader of the group suspected of kidnapping him and four British security guards, and an undetermined number of Khazali's followers. The U.S. had blamed the group Asaib al Haq, or League of the Righteous, for the killings of five American soldiers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1991
Ronald Reagan's attempt at diffusing the October Surprise allegations (Part A, June 16) resulted in his stepping into a cowpie the size of Texas. When asked about his staff's involvement, he said, "I can't go into details. Some of these things are still classified." Reagan's remarks indicate that indeed there was contact by his campaign people with the Iranians. Since when does a campaign for a presidential candidate have the right to meddle in international affairs? And since when are those activities "classified"?
NATIONAL
May 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
An armed man remained locked in a standoff Saturday with police negotiators in New Jersey in what authorities have described as a multiple-hostage situation. The suspect has been barricaded in a house in Trenton's South Ward neighborhood since Friday afternoon.   Officers went to the house about 2:30 p.m. after a family member requested a wellness check, Sgt. Robert Carrier of the Trenton Police Department told the Los Angeles Times. He confirmed that at least one person was dead in the house.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
WORLD
September 13, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Philippine Muslim rebels who have laid siege to the port city of Zamboanga for six days agreed to a cease-fire Friday to allow negotiations with the government but continued to hold more than 100 hostages, local media reported early Saturday. Sporadic fighting has killed at least 22 people, including 15 insurgents, and forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 people from the key transport and shipping hub at the southwestern tip of Mindanao Island, the Philippine Star reported.
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