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Militants storm government building in Afghan capital, take hostages

KABUL: Militants stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, taking civilians hostage as they fought a gun battle against Afghan soldiers, officials said. The attack began in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside the Ministry of Public Works. Shooting followed, with hundreds of government employees inside the building, said Interior Ministry official Nasrat Rahimi. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Rahimi said two militants had been killed but gunmen in a nearby…

Three women, suspect dead in California hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES: A gunman and three women thought to be his hostages were found dead Friday at a California veterans home after an hours-long standoff with police. The assailant struck at 10:20 am (1820 GMT) at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the Napa Valley, the largest veterans’ home in the United States with around 1,000 former servicemen and women. “Shortly before 6:00 pm this evening law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held by the suspect and…

Qatari hostages in Iraq, including royals, freed after 16 months

DOHA/BAGHDAD: Twenty-six hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling royal family, were freed on Friday after being kidnapped and held for 16 months in Iraq,Iraq's interior ministry said. The men had been handed over to a Qatari delegation and left for Doha, capital of the wealthy Gulf Arab state, a ministry spokesman said in a statement. It gave no more details. In December 2015 about 100 armed men seized a hunting party, including Qataris and other nationals, from a desert camp in southern Iraq. A Qatari royal and…

Hostages held by Somali pirates ‘ate rats’ to survive

NAIROBI: A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates touched down in Kenya on Sunday, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal. "Am so, so happy. Really, am so, so happy. For UN, for Mr John (negotiator), for all the world. Thanks to you all," said one of the hostages, Sudi Ahman. But, one of the survivors shared disturbing ordeal they endured during the captivity. Arnel Balbero told the BBC that the group were forced to eat anything they could get their hands on,…