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September 9, 1987
It has never been made clear as to why any American or any foreigner (for that matter) ever stayed on in Lebanon after our Marines were killed there. Those Americans who stayed on, for selfish reasons (a job, a nice home, etc.), did endanger their lives and possibly the entire world (this fiasco is not yet over). While we all cry for them and their families, how can one help not being angry and frustrated when we think of the turmoil they are putting this country through. They were not kidnaped on the streets of the United States, or from some other peaceful country, or while vacationing in the south seas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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