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

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Posted: Jun 24, 2015 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday released a new policy aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of U.S. hostages held abroad.

The White House said the government will continue its longstanding policy of not making concessions to hostage-takers, but it will no longer threaten families of hostages who decide to pay ransoms.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Alina Selyukh; Editing by Emily Stephenson)