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Fears of jihadist attack as Sydney cafe drama continues

Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack.

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Hostage crisis in Sydney, Islamic terror link seen

An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, police said, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window. Pri

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Turkey may play quiet role in US coalition against IS

Turkey may find it hard to play a public role in the coalition the US is building to strike at Islamic State targets in Iraq and possibly Syria for fear the militant group might retaliate against dozens of Turks held hostage. Pres

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Gunmen storm Iraqi university, hundreds taken hostage

Gunmen occupied a university in Iraq's western Anbar province on Saturday, taking hundreds of students and their professors hostage on campus, security sources said, in the third attack this week by militants who overran parts of two other c

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Kidnap victim returns to Bahrain

Dozens of relatives and friends gathered at Bahrain International Airport yesterday to welcome home Ali Ahmed Al Nashaba, the 20-year-old student who was kidnapped and held hostage in Malaysia for 18 days. He was showered with swe

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Freed Lebanese, Turkish hostages fly home after deal

Two kidnapped Turkish pilots arrived in Istanbul after leaving Lebanon on Saturday and nine Lebanese hostages freed from Syria landed in Beirut, completing a hostage exchange after months of uncertainty.   Prime

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Two more French journalists held in Syria

France's foreign ministry said on Wednesday two more French journalists were being held hostage in Syria, taking the number of its captive citizens in the country to four. The two men, Nicolas Henin, who was working for Le Poi

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Abducted Saudi diplomat urges family to protest

A Saudi diplomat held hostage in Yemen for 18 months has urged his family to organise demonstrations asking the government to meet Al Qaeda demands to free detained women and Muslim clerics as the best way to get him freed from captivity.

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Seven shot dead in Florida hostage rampage

A gunman set fire to his Miami-area apartment unit, then killed six people in and around the building in a shooting rampage before he was slain by police who stormed his position early Saturday and rescued two neighbors he had taken hostage.

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25 bodies found inside Algeria siege site: report

Twenty-five bodies have been discovered by Algeria's army in the gas facility attacked by militants in the desert, private Algerian television station Ennahar said on Sunday, adding that the operation to clear the base would last 48 hours.

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