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2011-01-20 14:48:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marking the 30th anniversary of the release of American Embassy hostages in Iran, an exhibition of photos by Peter Bregg focusing on developments in Iran during the 444 days that the hostages were held will be on display in the National Press Club lobby from Jan. 21 through Feb. 4. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) The 35 images provide a haunting look back at events and personalities surrounding the seizure...

2008-10-18 18:00:11

Four Israeli nationals held hostage on the island of Turks and Caicos by Chinese laborers were freed Saturday after their company agreed to pay a ransom. The hostages were released after successful negotiations between their captors and the Israeli firm Ashtrom Engineering and Construction, Ynetnews.com reported Saturday. Nine of the Israelis who had been held by the laborers were released Thursday night. Some of the freed Israelis have agreed to remain on the island. "All of the...

2008-08-27 15:00:07

Libyan state media said Wednesday that two hijackers who commandeered a plane in Sudan's Darfur region surrendered after releasing their hostages. The official JANA news agency said the pair gave up to authorities in the remote Libyan town of Kufra where the Sudanese jet had landed to refuel. CNN said the identities of the hijackers weren't released, although Britain's Sky News said they were believed affiliated with the Sudan Liberation Army. The hijackers had earlier released the 87...

2008-08-27 09:00:09

Authorities say hijackers remained on board a Sudanese airliner Wednesday after freeing 100 passengers at an isolated desert airport in Libya. "The two hijackers and the crew are still inside. We are continuing to negotiate with them," a Libyan official told Sky News. The Sun Air Boeing 737 was hijacked Tuesday en route from Darfur's largest city, Nyala, to Khartoum in Sudan. The hijackers are believed linked to the Sudan Liberation Army, Sky News reported. Libya gave permission for the...

2008-07-17 12:00:49

In a daring, dangerous and spectacular rescue mission that has captured the world's attention for the last week, military officers from the Latin American country of Colombia duped the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, to rescue 15 real-life hostages, including three Americans and former French-Colombian politician Ingrid Delloye-Betancourt. The successful military operation amidst the country's remote jungles and mountains has drawn international attention to the...

2008-07-05 12:00:09

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. Today, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French- Colombian politician on the tarmac of an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while...

2008-07-05 09:00:03

The Associated Press PARIS Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. On Friday, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French Colombian politician at an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while campaigning for Colombia's...

2008-07-04 09:00:14

By VIVIAN SEQUERA By Vivian Sequera The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia A meal was rice and beans. Bed was the ground under a patched plastic tarp. They bathed in rivers, and when they weren't chained by the neck to trees, they were forced on long marches to new hideouts under the jungle canopy. Hostages freed in a daring helicopter rescue said Thursday their grueling existence as captives of Colombian rebels worsened in recent months as government troops closed in and supplies...

2008-07-03 09:00:27

Colombian soldiers disguised as members of a non-governmental organisation hoodwinked a guerrilla leader into allowing Ms Betancourt and three US hostages to board a helicopter to freedom, according to Colombia's Defence Minister. A former Colombian presidential candidate and a French citizen through marriage, Ms Betancourt, 46, was reported yesterday to be in reasonable health despite the hardships of the malarial jungle. During her years of captivity she was routinely chained and forced...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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