In a softening of longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution.
Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker held hostage by al Qaeda, was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike, along with Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto and another American who was an al Qaeda leader, the White House announced on Thursday.
French forces freed a Dutch hostage Monday who had been held by al Qaeda's north African arm in Mali since 2011.
An Iowa Park man is jailed on $750,000 bond after allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend hostage in a motel room and a storage unit and forcing her to perform sex acts and committing violent acts of abuse against her.
A French town was circled by anti-terror forces Friday after a hostage was apparently seized by two brothers being hunted in connection with the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
A gunman was killed and two hostages are dead after police stormed a chocolate shop in Sydney on Monday, ending a 16-hour siege by a self-professed sheik.
California family says police use of excessive force in standoff lead to the death of hostage Misty Holt-Singh. Melinda Meza reports.
Aid worker describes being held hostage for 93 days by Somali kidnappers. John Rogers reports.
Florida couple claim they were held hostage in their home by crazed house cat.
Arlington police arrested a man after a seven-hour-long hostage situation caused four homes in the area to be evacuated early Friday morning.
Federal investigators late Tuesday revealed that they have found explosives in the bunker where a 5-year-old Alabama boy was held hostage for nearly a week.
FBI agents swarm Alabama bunker, freeing 5-year-old held for nearly a week.
A five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released
NBC News has obtained the first known photo of accused murder and hostage taker Jimmy Lee Dykes.
Jimmy Lee Dykes was showing no signs Friday of turning himself over to police.
Man continues to hold kindergarten student in underground bunker.
An Alabama man was holding a child hostage in an underground bunker early Wednesday after he boarded a school bus, shot and killed the driver, and took the boy.
Supporters of the American pastor held in Iran and facing a possible death sentence for his faith say the State Department is not doing enough to win his release.
A Houston-area man is among workers killed in a hostage standoff at an Algerian natural gas plant last week.
Fox News has confirmed that one American has died in the hostage standoff at an Algerian gas complex.