Hostage Standoff at Sydney Cafe Ends

By Chris Ariens 

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After 16 hours, a hostage situation at a Sydney, Australia cafe has ended with police storming the Lindt chocolate store. As many as 30 hostages had been held by a gunman identified as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee. Australia’s TV networks, ABC, Seven, Nine and Ten, have been providing non-stop coverage since the siege started Monday morning. U.S. cable networks ramped up coverage this morning when it came to an end around 10:15amET, or around 2:15am Tuesday in Sydney. NBC News also broadcast a network-wide special report at 10:30am and ABC produced a special at 10:54am.

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