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1. FBI identifies hostage-taker as British citizen

The FBI on Sunday identified the man killed by agents after he took four hostages at a Texas synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen. The hostage-taker reportedly claimed to be the brother of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence for shooting at soldiers and FBI agents, and demanded that she be released. Siddiqui's family said through a lawyer that the man wasn't Siddiqui's brother, and that the family condemned the "heinous" synagogue attack. The suspect's brother Gulbar said Akram was mentally ill, and that the family tried to help defuse the situation but there was "nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender."

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