Middle East matters

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

This week, US journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released after 22 months in captivity in Syria. But the joy of his freedom was dampened by the horrific beheading of another American reporter just days before. Next, the Mosul dam area may have been taken back from Islamic State fighters, but the jihadists have left a deadly minefield behind them. And in Yemen, Shia rebels in the capital say they won't give up their standoff unless the government meets their demands.