US officials are expected to stop prosecuting families of American hostages who communicate with kidnappers abroad or raise funds and pay ransoms, ABC news reported Sunday. A National Counterterrorism Center advisory group, ordered by the White House, is expected to recommend what would mark a radical shift in US hostage policy, according to the report. The NCTC interviewed families of hostages, including the parents of journalist James Foley, who was killed by Islamic State fighters. Foley's mother Diane has said that officials from President Barack Obama's administration repeatedly told her family it was illegal to try to raise a ransom to free her son, and warned that her family could face prosecution for doing so.
Los Angeles (AFP) - "Furious 7" showed no sign of running out of gas, notching a fourth straight week at the top of the US box office with $18.3 million in tickets sold, movie industry estimates showed on Sunday. The movie, which last week surged past the $1 billion mark in global sales, is the first since "The Hunger Games" in March 2012 to dominate the box office for four successive weeks, the Hollywood media reported. Third place went to fantasy drama "The Age of Adaline" starring Blake Lively, about a woman in the 1920s who mysteriously stops aging after being involved in a car accident.