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President Trump Announces Release of Hostage Danny Burch from Yemen

President Donald Trump on Monday announced the release of Danny Burch, an American citizen who has been held hostage in Yemen since 2017. Trump thanked the United Arab Emirates for assisting with Burch’s liberation and said his administration has now secured the freedom of 20 Americans held captive in various countries.

American held hostage in Yemen freed: Trump

Former Iranian Hostage Jason Rezaian Testifies Against Iran in U.S. Court

Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian, who was held prisoner in Iran from 2014 to 2016, testified against the Iranian government in U.S. federal court on Tuesday. Rezaian is suing Iran for committing “unlawful acts of terrorism, torture, hostage taking, and other torts” against him and his family and seeks a multimillion-dollar settlement.

In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian waves at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Rezaian says he was arrested by Iranian authorities, subjected to a sham trial and held for 18 months purely as a way to gain leverage over the American government …

Mass for French Officer Whose Sacrifice ‘Saved the Nation’

TREBES, France (AP) — A French bishop paid tribute Sunday to a police officer who lost his life after swapping himself with a supermarket employee held hostage by an Islamist extremist, saying his heroic sacrifice helped save the nation.

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Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sues Iran for Kidnapping, Torture

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian filed a federal lawsuit against the government of Iran on Monday, asserting that he was taken hostage and psychologically tortured during 18 months of captivity, to extract concessions from the U.S. government in the Iranian nuclear deal.

Freed Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian speaks during the inauguration of the Washington Post Headquarters on January 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Rezaian was released from Iran after 18 months behind bars on spying charges. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Suspected Illegal Alien Marijuana Farmers Held Workers Hostage: ICE

Three brothers were taken to hospitals this week after they and a fourth brother say they barely escaped death at the hands of abductors, possibly connected to Mexican cartels, who beat and forced them to work on a marijuana farm in Northern California from February to July.

Marijuana pot farm (Raul Arboleda / Getty)

Donald Trump: You Can’t Negotiate With Islamic State Terrorists

During Saturday night’s ABC News debate, moderator David Muir asked Republican candidates a tough question — would you allow families of American hostages to raise money to free their loved ones from jihadis, such as now-murdered captive James Foley?

(L-R) Republican presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm CollegeÊFebruary 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent …

President Obama Defends Changes To Hostage Policy: We Shouldn’t Threaten Families

“No family of an American hostage has ever been prosecuted for paying a ransom for the return of their loved one,” Obama said. “The last thing we should ever do is to add to the family’s pain with threats like that.” During conversations with families of the hostages, Obama said, they expressed frustration with the government bureaucracy to bring their loved ones home.

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Obama Angered Hostage Families With Bowe Bergdahl Swap

Later this afternoon, Obama is expected to meet with some of the families of the slain hostages and announce his new policy that would allow families to privately pay ransoms to terrorists to recover their loved ones. According to Foreign Policy, only 24 of the 82 families that the administration contacted chose to participate in the hostage review.

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