January 19, 2013 |
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
December 16, 1991
The abduction of Western hostages in Lebanon could not have happened without the encouragement of the Syrian regime of Hafez Assad. This ruthless and totalitarian regime is resolved to remain a power in the area, and would use human suffering any day as a strategy for winning political concessions. The Syrian regime has a long record of human rights violations. It is a regime that thrives on intimidation, ruthlessness and brutality to stay in power. The release of all the remaining hostages would not have been allowed by the Syrians had the outcome of the Gulf War been different.
August 24, 2010 |
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.
April 3, 2012 |
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.
March 29, 2004
Re "O.C. Schools' Loan Is Lost Over Issue of Sex Identity," March 24: The three Orange County school trustees who don't believe that all students are entitled to the same civil rights (as required by California law) could cost the Westminster School District up to $56 million in loans and grants. Surely, separation of church and state mandates that our schools should not be held hostage to anyone's parochial religious beliefs. Jerome Manheim Long Beach
May 11, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb, one of the violent Al Qaeda-linked militias active in North and West Africa, claims to have executed a French hostage in retaliation for France's military operation in Mali. France intervened in the West African nation in January at the request of the Malian government, after several militias, including the Al Qaeda affiliate, swept toward central Mali after earlier taking over all of the country's north. The French military and other African forces, including those of Mali, are involved in heavy fighting in a northern mountainous region, Adrar des Ifoghas, where the militias holed up after losing control of the major northern towns.