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The gunman who took 70 people hostage at least a dozen people shows a grenade on a video call with a policeman, witnessed by members of the media outside a mall in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on March 2, 2020.

A gunman held 70 people hostage in a Philippines mall for 10 hours before letting everyone go and holding an impromptu news conference

After opening fire in a mall in Manilla, and taking dozens of people hostage, a man shared why he did it before the police tackled him.
U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 30, 2009.

A new US hostage was reportedly taken by a Taliban group in Afghanistan

"The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State," a State Department official told Insider.

Trump hits back at Iran after it admitted for the first time that it has an ‘ongoing’ court case against a missing FBI agent

Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, went missing from Kish Island in Iran in 2007. He is considered to be the longest-held hostage in US history.
A busy canal in Venice, Italy.

An Israeli tourist in Venice took a currency exchange worker hostage after complaining he got a bad rate, police say

The 46-year-old man was trying to exchange $100 into euros but didn't like the amount of money he got back, multiple reports cited police as saying.
Bystanders captured footage of a police chase in Waukesha County that quickly devolved into a hostage standoff.

A police chase in Wisconsin turned into a hostage situation that shut down a highway for 12 hours, and the woman livestreamed it on Facebook

A Wisconsin highway was reportedly shut down for 12 hours on Tuesday after a police chase devolved into a bizarre hostage standoff.
The suspect has been taken into custody.

Four people died in a 12-hour hostage standoff in Mississippi

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case and has confirmed that the suspect has been taken into custody.

An employee at the Trader Joe’s hostage standoff helped his coworkers escape through an emergency ladder out the window

Sean Gerace helped his coworkers escape a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's on Saturday during a hostage standoff with a gunman who killed one woman. The employees used an emergency ladder to evacuate.
Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch.

Trump and Sen. Orrin Hatch announce American hostage returning to US from Venezuela

An American held in Venezuela will return to the US Saturday evening, according to tweets by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and President Donald Trump.
Taliban Social media image of American Caitlan Coleman her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two children

The family freed after 5 years of Taliban captivity is finally en route to Canada after initially refusing to board a US plane

Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were held hostage by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network for five years after they were abducted while traveling in Afghanistan.

Who is Otto Warmbier, the college student held prisoner in North Korea

Detained in North Korea for allegedly taking a poster from a hotel room, American Otto Warmbier has been released and brought home to the US.