Dec 19, 2014

Adviser to Australian lawmaker Palmer arrested for alleged kidnapping

Australian news outlets are reporting that the media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that Andrew Crook was detained as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping ...

Dec 18, 2014

How Sydney hostage planned daring escape

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours on Monday, and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he ...

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Dec 17, 2014

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terrorist watch list despite having ...

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

| Dec 8, 2014

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

The death of two hostages during a rescue attempt in Yemen shows how little room there is for bad intelligence or bad luck when U.S. forces go into action on such high-risk missions. Faulty intelligence doomed a raid in Syria earlier this year to ...

Dec 7, 2014

Swiss hostage escapes from Filipino extremists

A Swiss hostage made a dramatic escape Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists when he hacked a rebel commander and then got shot as he dashed to freedom amid a military bombardment, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, officials ...

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Nov 15, 2014

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, the town where insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, forcing thousands of people to flee, a local official said Friday. The Boko Haram insurgents entered the town Thursday, shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles, said Bana ...