Hostage situations

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1981, file photo Bruce Laingen steps from the first of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages from West Point, N.Y., to their official welcome in Washington. Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died at age 96. He died July 15, 2019, according to his son. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2019 - 8:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1981, file photo Bruce Laingen steps from the first of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages from West Point, N.Y., to their official welcome in Washington. Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died at age 96. He died July 15, 2019, according to his son. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2019 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 has died. L. Bruce Laingen (LAYNG'-ehn) was 96. Laingen's son Chip says his father died Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. Laingen was one of 52 Americans held hostage for more...
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
July 03, 2019 - 8:32 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted over posing with the corpse was given a demotion by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes. Special...
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
July 02, 2019 - 8:56 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL was acquitted Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. The verdict was met with an outpouring of emotion as the military jury also cleared Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of attempted murder...
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June 28, 2019 - 12:46 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two suspected Muslim militant suicide attackers detonated bombs in an army camp in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing three soldiers, two civilians and themselves, military officials said. Twelve other soldiers were wounded in the "inhumane" attack by suspected...
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in San Diego. Trial continues in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
June 27, 2019 - 7:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who worked jointly in Iraq with a decorated Navy SEAL accused of murder testified Thursday that the platoon chief did not stab a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner as alleged by other platoon members. Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said he watched as Special...
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in San Diego. Trial continues in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
June 26, 2019 - 7:44 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A witness who dropped stunning testimony at the war crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL by telling the court he had killed an Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017 — not his accused platoon chief — could now face charges of perjury, according to the Navy. The Navy's legal adviser...
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Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The U.S. must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling “hard truths” about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government’s position on ransom payments to captors, according to a new report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 24, 2019 - 2:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling "hard truths" to loved ones about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government's position on ransom payments to captors, according to a new report. The...
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Two Beluga whales touch down at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, where they are being re-homed in an open-water sanctuary after spending years in captivity in a Shanghai aquarium. The Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft carried Little White and Little Grey 6,000 miles as part of a groundbreaking project by Sea Life Trust. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 9:32 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai...
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This undated selfie provided by Andrea Gallagher shows her husband, U.S. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with allegedly killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care and attempted murder for the shootings of two Iraq civilians in 2017. Gallagher is scheduled to go on trial Monday, June 17, 2019. (Edward Gallagher/Courtesy of Andrea Gallagher via AP, File)
June 18, 2019 - 8:35 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial. Lt. Brian John projected photos of the dead...
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