Kidnappers hold a ?family to ransom ?in a tense and ?complex drama.
Al-Qaeda has released a new video of seven foreign hostages, including South African Stephen McGowan, urging negotiations for their release.
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have killed two people in Algeria, taking more than 40 foreign hostages, while French troops battled Islamist rebels in Mali.
The US has confirmed that American citizens are among hostages being held in Algeria after an attack by Islamist militants near a southern gas field.
Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab has said they have decided the "fate" of a French intelligence agent they have held since 2009.
A gunman has killed four hostages in south-west Germany before shooting himself while resisting eviction from his apartment building.
A Filipino wildlife photographer was seized with two tourists during a bird-watching trip. He tells the story of his escape from his captors hands.
Suspected al-Qaeda kidnappers killed two young French hostages in 'cold blood' during a failed rescue operation in the deserts of Niger.
Half-a-dozen children were released safely on Monday after being held hostage by a teenager armed with two swords at a nursery in France.
Up to half-a-dozen children were held hostage by a 17-year-old youth armed with swords at a nursery school in the French city of Besancon on Monday.
Two journalists from Canada and Australia flew out of Somalia on Thursday at the end of a 15-month hostage ordeal.
Two more hostages from a group of Britons kidnapped in Baghdad two years ago are "very likely" dead, reports said on Wednesday.
Four hostages who work for a service company in the oil industry have been freed off southern Cameroon's Bakassi peninsula, sources said on Tuesday.
Thousands of Yemenis marched on Wednesday in protest at the killing of three foreign hostages as security forces expanded the search for six others.
A would-be hijacker surrendered to authorities on Monday after agreeing to free the last of more than 180 hostages he seized hours earlier aboard jet.
Mutinous Bangladesh border guards have laid down their weapons and surrendered, freeing all their hostages in the process.
Gunfire rang out as commandos and armed police laid siege to gunmen holding foreigners hostage in two hotels in Mumbai on Thursday.
A man shot and wounded a security guard and held 40 people hostage at a call centre in Guatemala City on Monday.
A group of tourists and their guides held hostage in the Sahara for 10 days returned home on Tuesday with tales of their ordeal.
It was Ingrid Betancourt's 2 321st day in captivity and it started like any other. At 4am she woke up and prayed to God.