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The price of paying ransoms

These are cracking good times in the hostage business. In 1999, according to an insurance company that tries to keep count, the numbers taken captive increased by 6% over 1998, and it has been like that for several years: kidnappings for ransom are up by 70% over eight years. Most are in Latin America, but the numbers have risen sharply in former Soviet states too. The remarkable deal just concluded in the Philippines helps to explain why. Full Story

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