China strongly condemns Islamic State killing of hostage

China’s president on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of a Chinese hostage by the Islamic State group, saying such groups are enemies of mankind. Though President Xi Jinping expressed resolve to crack down on terrorism, there was no indication that China would change its consistent opposition to outside involvement in the conflict in Syria, where IS has captured a broad […]

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Obama Appoints Special Envoy to Lead Hostage Recovery Efforts

James O’Brien will serve as the first Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs President Obama has filled a new position created to ensure the safe return of American hostages overseas. The White House announced Friday that James O’Brien will serve as the first Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. O’Brien’s appointment fulfills an executive order President Obama signed in late […]

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Bowe Bergdahl: Terrorist Hostage or POW?

The freed American soldier was held by an officially designated terror group. But a White House official tells TIME, “We did not negotiate with the Haqqanis.” Of all the questions swirling around the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case, this may be the most explosive: Did President Barack Obama cut a deal with terrorists? The White House insists the answer is no. […]

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Israelis See Pollard as Hero and Hostage

The American sentenced to life for passing secrets to Israel has become a cause celebre in his adopted country The “Free Pollard” signs go up whenever an American official visits Israel, lining the sidewalks on the motorcade route. When President Obama stepped onto the tarmac at Ben Gurion International a year ago, one of the first things he heard was, […]

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