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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.

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)

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.

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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.

(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 …

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?

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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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ISIS Tortured Christian Hostage Until Family Paid $80K Ransom

In February 2013, jihadists dressed all in black stopped two unidentified men at a Syrian checkpoint and on examining their IDs discovered they were Christians. The militants handcuffed the two men, threw them into the back of a truck and drove them to an undisclosed location some eight hours away.

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Hostage John Cantlie Calls His New ISIS Video ‘Last in This Series’

For the tenth time since taking him hostage, the Islamic State (ISIS) has paraded British journalist John Cantlie as the “host” of one of its propaganda videos, this time giving a guided tour of the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, which ISIS seeks to portray as functional and productive under its control.

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Teen Gunman Storms Dutch TV Station Demanding Airtime

Dutch authorities have released few details about the bizarre case of 19-year-old Tarik Zahzah’s attack on the main news studio of television station NOS on Thursday. To get the obvious question out of the way first, the police say there is no evidence that Zahzah, who is half-Egyptian, acted on behalf of organized terrorism.