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February 5th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

The road ahead for Ala. child hostage Ethan – Psychologist Patricia Saunders weighs in

Clinical psychologist Patricia Saunders Ph.D. on how family and the community could help 5-year-old Ethan after being held hostage for a week in an underground bunker.

Filed under: Hostage
January 31st, 2013
07:07 AM ET

Gunman holds 6-year-old boy in underground bunker for third day in standoff – George Howell reports

It is day three now of a tense standoff in Alabama, where a gunman is holding a six-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. Police say the boy was dragged off a school bus Tuesday afternoon in Midland City after the gunman shot and killed the school bus driver.

Authorities are communicating with the suspect through a PVC tube. They've also sent down prescription medicine, crayons and coloring books for the six-year-old hostage. School officials are calling the driver a hero. They say Charles Poland Jr.’s quick thinking saved the lives of 21 children. CNN’s George Howell is live in Midland City with the latest.

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January 17th, 2013
07:03 AM ET

Americans held hostage in Algeria, while reports claim some captives escape – Dan Rivers reports


Algiers, Algeria (CNN) - Islamist militants who seized Westerners at an Algerian gas plant are demanding a safe passage to nearby Libya, authorities said, as fallout from the French offensive in Mali reverberates globally.

The BP gas field is 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of the Libyan border and 1,300 kilometers from the Algerian capital, Algiers.

"The authorities do not negotiate, no negotiations," Algerian interior minister, Diho Weld Qabliyeh, said on state television after confirming the demands Wednesday night. "We have received their demands, but we didn't respond to them."

Media in the region reported that the attackers issued a news release demanding an end to "brutal aggression on our people in Mali" and cited "blatant intervention of the French crusader forces in Mali."

This morning on "Early Start," Dan Rivers reports on the latest in the hostage situation.

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Filed under: Algeria • Hostage