Latest Hostage situations News

Feds accuse Texas man of selling gun used to take hostages

Jan. 26, 2022 18:37 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with a federal gun crime after authorities say he sold a gun to a man who held four hostages inside a Texas synagogue earlier this month before being fatally shot by the FBI, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Henry “Michael”...

Sundance: 'Descendant' chronicles a Black history uncovered

Jan. 25, 2022 16:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rarely have past and present mingled in a documentary the way they do in “Descendant,” a nonfiction account of the last known ship to bring African captives to the American South for enslavement. Margaret Brown's “Descendant," which recently premiered at the...

Today in History

Jan. 25, 2022 00:12 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2022. There are 340 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1945, the World War II Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces were pushed back to their original...

IS militants holed up in Syria prison on 4th day of clashes

Jan. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and militants continued for a fourth day Sunday near a prison in northeastern Syria that houses thousands of members of the Islamic State group, the Kurdish force said. The standoff followed a bold assault by the...

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

Jan. 22, 2022 14:37 PM EST

On the eve of her 100th birthday Saturday, Ruth Salton told her daughter she was going one way or another to Friday night Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel, just days after a gunman voicing antisemitic conspiracy theories held four worshippers hostage for 10 hours at the Fort Worth-area...

Texas hostages escaped synagogue as FBI SWAT team rushed in

Jan. 21, 2022 19:31 PM EST

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — In the final moments of a 10-hour standoff with a gunman at a Texas synagogue, the remaining hostages and officials trying to negotiate their release took “near simultaneous plans of action,” with the hostages escaping as an FBI tactical team moved in, an official...

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

Jan. 20, 2022 15:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British man who held four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and free the captives, a recording of the conversation shows. In the expletive-filled...

Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case

Jan. 19, 2022 13:43 PM EST

Although the FBI initially said the man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was focused on an issue “not specifically related to the Jewish community,” the captor voiced beliefs that Jews controlled the world and had the power to arrange the release of a prisoner, survivors said...

White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags

Jan. 19, 2022 13:00 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British...

White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags

Jan. 18, 2022 16:01 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said Tuesday. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old...