Gunman’s cafe attack leaves Australia reeling
A hostage crisis — the act of just one dangerous man — ended in bloodshed last night after police besieged a Sydney cafe for 16 hours. Is civilisation more fragile than we think?
New fears about al Qaeda after Algerian bloodbath
The battle against North African al Qaeda splinter groups could take decades, warned David Cameron yesterday. Is the world’s most feared terrorist organisation making a comeback?
Hostages freed after 12 years in Colombian jungle
For decades, Colombia has been terrorised by FARC – revolutionaries who use kidnapping as a weapon of war. This week, they released their last political prisoners. Is peace on the horizon?
Piracy on the high seas and laser dazzlers
More people were taken hostage at sea in 2010 than in any year since records began. So how can a ‘ragged band’ of pirates hold the world to ransom?