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H.K. gov't rebuts Philippine news report on hostage-taking

Hong Kong's Security Bureau on Thursday dismissed as "incorrect" a Philippine news report claiming that the Hong Kong victims of a 2010 hostage-taking incident in which eight people died and seven others were wounded have accepted the city of Manila's apology. "The content of the report concerned on the apology in relation to the Manila hostage-taking incident is incorrect...We will request a clarification," the bureau said in a statement.

New video shows Czech hostages in Pakistan in fragile state

Relatives of two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan released a new video on Wednesday showing them looking exhausted, speaking of death and begging Czech authorities to take action to free them. The video of Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka, made in late August, had been delivered to the Czech embassy in Islamabad, foreign ministry spokeswoman Johana Grohova told reporters who viewed it in Prague on Wednesday. She declined further comment.

France denies paying ransom as Sahel hostages return

By Abdoulaye Massalatchi and Nicholas Vinocur NIAMEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years flew home and were reunited with their families on Wednesday, with Paris dismissing media reports it had paid a ransom for their release. The men, kidnapped in 2010 while working for French nuclear group Areva and a subsidiary of construction group Vinci in northern Niger, were freed on Tuesday after secret negotiations conducted by the government of Niger.

Freed Frenchmen back home amid ransom questions

Four Frenchmen held captive for three years by an Al-Qaeda offshoot in North Africa were reunited with their families on Wednesday, as sources said at least 20 million euros ($28 million) had been paid in ransom. The four men, who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in northern Niger in 2010, flew into the Villacoublay military airport near Paris, where they were met by their families and President Francois Hollande.

H.K. victims want "too much" in compensation for hostage-taking councilor

A representative of Manila's mayor negotiating in Hong Kong with families of victims and survivors of a 2010 hostage-taking in which eight Hong Kong people died and seven others were wounded in a botched rescue operation, said Wednesday financial compensation sought by the victims is "unreasonable". Manila Councilor Bernardito Ang told Hong Kong's Cable TV that the city raised its initial offer of US$1 million in compensation to about US$1.3 million for all the families and survivors.

At least 20m euro ransom paid for French hostages: source close to talks

A ransom of at least 20 million euros was paid to secure the release of four Frenchmen released after three years of captivity in Niger, a source close to the talks said on Wednesday. "Between 20 and 25 million euros was paid to obtain the release of the French hostages," a source close to the Nigerien negotiating team said. The money went to the hostage-takers and to intermediaries on the ground who played a key role in securing the release, the source added. sd/ric/txw

At least 20mn euro ransom paid for French hostages: source close to talks

A ransom of at least 20 million euros was paid to secure the release of four Frenchmen freed after three years of captivity in Niger, a source close to the talks said on Wednesday. "Between 20 and 25 million euros was paid to obtain the release of the French hostages," the source close to the Nigerien negotiating team said. The money went to the hostage-takers and to intermediaries on the ground who played a key role in securing the release, the source added.

Four Frenchmen head home after three-year kidnap ordeal in Niger

Four Frenchmen kidnapped by Al-Qaeda militants in Niger were on their way back to France Wednesday after more than three years of "nightmare" captivity. The four men, who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in northern Niger in 2010, took off around 0600 GMT in a white government plane bound for Paris where they were expected to be met by President Francois Hollande.

Hollande says four French hostages kidnapped in Niger freed

PARIS (Reuters) - Four French hostages kidnapped by al Qaeda's north African arm three years ago in Niger have been released, President Francois Hollande said on Monday. Speaking on a state visit to Slovakia, Hollande said they would return as soon as possible to France and thanked the President of Niger for securing their release. (Reporting By John Irish; editing by Ingrid Melander)

Manila city councilor to meet H.K. officials over hostage crisis

Manila City Councilor Bernardito Ang will meet with Hong Kong officials over the capital city's offer to apologize and pay compensation for a 2010 hostage crisis in which eight Hong Kong people were killed, his assistant said Thursday. Hong Kong's Security Bureau has said Ang arrived in Hong Kong Thursday and, as the representative of Manila's mayor, requested the meeting.
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