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Head of Chadian army claims troops kill Belmoktar

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) – Chad’s military chief announced that his troops deployed in northern Mali had killed Moktar Belmoktar, the terrorist who orchestrated the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that left 36 foreigners dead.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Panetta: US-British working to free hostages

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. is working with the British and Algerian governments to assess the situation at a natural gas complex in the Sahara where Islamic militants are holding hostages from at least 10 countries.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Desert drama: Islamists take hostages in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A militant group that claimed responsibility said 41 foreigners, including seven Americans, were being held after an assault on one of oil-rich Algeria’s energy facilities.


Nordstrom Rack Robbery takes Hostages

Police check video as they try to identify armed hostage takers

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Employees were closing up at the Nordstrom Rack near LAX and preparing to go home when two gunmen stormed inside and took them hostage.



Robbers assault some hostages at L.A. store

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Robbers stabbed a clothing store employee and sexually assaulted another during an hours-long hostage drama that ended early Friday with a police SWAT team surging into the shop and rescuing 14 workers.



Some hostages assaulted in clothing store robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Police say some of the 14 workers held hostage overnight during a robbery at the Nordstrom Rack in Westchester store were assaulted, and one was stabbed.


High court upholds death penalty in school rampage

(AP) – The California Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty against a high school dropout convicted of going on a murderous rampage through his former Northern California school in 1992. The court unanimously ruled […]