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State Department: Between Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Human Rights Are Losing Out

The latest human rights reports from State detail the way people in too many countries were crushed in 2014 between violent extremists, on the one hand, and repressive governments whose actions threaten to fuel further resentment and terrorism, on the other.

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Obama Opts Against Creating ‘Hostage Czar’

Obama removed the threat of prosecution for families of American hostages who try to pay ransoms. But he didn't create a NSC-level position to coordinate efforts.

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Jihadi See, Jihadi Do

The new video features a Swedish and a South African hostage.

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Hostage Review Could Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms

The White House is about to change how Washington tries to save captured Americans, but the moves won't go as far as many relatives of U.S. hostages want them to.

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