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By Amna Nawaz, Zeba Warsi
In “We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom,” author Joel Simon analyzes hostage situations involving Westerners taken from Syria. One example: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were executed. Judy Woodruff sits down…
Hostage-taking has become an important moneymaker for terror groups including the Islamic State. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the larger price of paying ransom and cost-effective ways of fighting terror.
By PBS NewsHour
The family of Kayla Jean Mueller confirmed that the 26-year-old aid worker has been killed. Over the weekend, Islamic State militants sent them unspecified evidence of their daughter's death. The Arizona native was working with refugees on the Turkey-Syria border…
Efforts to find and bring home Austin Rice, a freelance journalist who was kidnapped two and a half years ago, have not been fruitful. Tice’s parents are pushing for a new government entity that would be responsible for American hostages.
By Elisabeth Ponsot
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Sunday the video posted online showing the apparent execution of hostage Kenji Goto by ISIS militants appears authentic.
In our news wrap Thursday, the Jordanian government demanded confirmation that a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State is still alive before they release a female prisoner in a ransom deal. Also, an Afghan soldier killed three American security…
The Jordanian government said it would release a female Iraqi suicide bomber who had been sentenced to death, in exchange for a pilot captured by the Islamic State in December. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to…
By Julie Pace, Associated Press
President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group.
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