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Obama to Soften Ransom Policy for Hostage Families

The U.S. government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to negotiate with the captors of Americans being held hostage overseas or pay ransom to win their release, media reports say. President Barack Obama is expected to soften a U.S. policy when he releases a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines Wednesday at the White House alongside several hostage families.   The six-month review was prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama administration by some...

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