U.S. President Barack Obama announces a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington

In new hostage policy, U.S. will not prosecute families for paying ransom

U.S. President Barack Obama announces a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in WashingtonThe White House on Wednesday released a new policy aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of U.S. hostages held abroad, saying the government needed to “evolve” to take account of a shift in the way groups take captives. After a six-month review that included discussions with families of people held overseas, the White House said the government will continue its longstanding policy of not making concessions to hostage-takers. The government may communicate with hostage-takers and intermediaries, and it may help families who are trying to pay ransom, the White House said.

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