‘They’re holding government hostage’: White House phone line blames Democrats over shutdown (AUDIO)

The recorded greeting for the White House comment line is telling callers that Democrats are holding the US government hostage over the immigration debate. After dialling the number, an automated message declares that the call cannot be answered  “because congressional Democrats are holding government funding – including funding for our troops and other national security priorities […]

‘Government made no progress’: Son of 72yo French aid worker held hostage by al-Qaeda to RT (VIDEO)

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 19:14 The son of a kidnapped 72-year-old French aid worker in Mali has told RT that his government has failed to make any progress in securing his mother’s release despite assurances by President Emmanuel Macron six months ago. Sophie Petronin was abducted by armed men in the town of Gao […]

Meghan Markle will reportedly receive intense military training to prepare her for potential hostage situations

Chris Jackson/Getty Images Meghan Markle is set to marry Prince Harry in May 2018. As a new member of the royal family, Markle will reportedly learn how to prepare for potential emergencies such as a kidnapping or hostage situation. According to a former royal aide, the “Suits” star will be trained by the Special Air Service. […]

Where are they now? Broadcaster and former Beirut hostage John McCarthy CBE

Since then, he has continued to work as a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. John, 60, lives in London with his wife Anna and their daughter Lydia.  “I began my working life as a newsroom assistant on the foreign desk of ITN. I wrote news scripts, supervised video packages and witnessed inspirational reporters like Sandy […]

Coronation Street spoilers: Pat Phelan's next hostage REVEALED amid explosive scenes

When Vinny Ashford (played by Ian Kelsey) returned to the ITV soap yesterday, he had a nasty surprise waiting for him in the form of his old business partner Pat (Connor McIntyre).  Tonight, the con-man finally followed through on a promise to his current hostage Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) by kidnapping his replacement.  But in […]

An AI startup founder is teaming up with a former hostage negotiator to help businesses boost their sales

Business Insider It sounds like the set up to a joke: a former FBI hostage negotiator and a founder of an artificial intelligence startup walk into a room … In this case, though, it’s no joke, but the basis for a lecture series. Sponsored by AI startup Node and targeted at sales and marketing executives and […]

America holds the World Trade Organisation hostage

EIGHT months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the rules-based system of global trade remains intact. Threats to impose broad tariffs have come to nothing. Some ominous investigations into whether imports into America are a national-security threat are on hold. Mr Trump looks less a hard man than a boy crying wolf. All the same, supporters of […]

Man held website hostage for $10,000, failed, redirected it to porn, got busted

Enlarge (credit: Richard Lewis) An Arizona man was sentenced Monday to four years of federal probation after he pled guilty to effectively holding a corporate website hostage and redirecting it to a gay porn site for several days in 2015. The defendant, Tavis Tso, was also ordered to pay over $ 9,000 in restitution. According […]

Coronation Street SOLVES mysterious plot hole amid sinister Andy Carver hostage story

When it was revealed that Andy (played by Oliver Farnworth) was actually alive and (somewhat) well and being kept hostage in a dark basement by Pat (Connor McIntyre), viewers were instantly reminded of an earlier scene that saw him apparently “haunted” by the younger character’s ghost.  While that sticking point hasn’t been explained, another jarring […]

1 victim dead, gunman shot by police following hostage situation in Charleston, South Carolina

WCIV ABC News 4 One victim is dead and a gunman described as a “disgruntled employee” has been shot by police and taken to a hospital after a hostage standoff in Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told media that the situation began when the employee of the restaurant Virginia’s on King […]