Hostage situations

February 20, 2018 - 11:59 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The oldest captive polar bear in the U.S. has died. The Philadelphia Zoo on Tuesday said that the 37-year-old Coldilocks has been euthanized following a serious decline in her health. The zoo said Coldilocks had a variety of age related medical issues and showed worsening...
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February 10, 2018 - 3:24 pm
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government says Boko Haram extremists have released three university lecturers and 10 women who had been kidnapped in separate raids last year. Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Saturday the release of the 13 people follows negotiations directed by President...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, image from drone video, shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended. A U.S. military official says that the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2018 captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages. (AP Photo/Gabriel Chaim)
February 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group's victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice will fuel the hatred and violence they supported. French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, image from drone video, shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended. A U.S. military official says that the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2018 captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages. (AP Photo/Gabriel Chaim)
February 08, 2018 - 11:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages, U.S. military officials said Thursday. Air Force Col. John Thomas said that El Shafee Elsheikh and...
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FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. The former Afghanistan hostage will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. His lawyer told an Ontario court Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, an initial evaluation found his client fit to stand trial. But added that Boyle would benefit from a fuller assessment at a mental health center. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
January 26, 2018 - 3:43 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. Boyle faces a string of charges, including sexual assault, following his release from captivity. Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, were taken hostage...
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This photo released on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 by the YPG press office of the Kurdish People's Protection Units shows French national Emilie Konig in a video. Konig is one of two notorious French Islamic State members with roots in Europe’s networks of violent extremists are appearing on video with nearly identical messages, insisting they insisting they are being treated well by the Kurdish forces jailing them. (YPG press office via AP)
January 17, 2018 - 8:43 am
PARIS (AP) — Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State's retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters should be...
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FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. A lawyer for Boyle, a Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years of being held hostage in Afghanistan, says his client has been arrested and faces at least a dozen charges including sexual assault. Attorney Eric Granger said Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017, that Boyle also faces assault and forcible confinement charges. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
January 02, 2018 - 9:51 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan has been arrested and faces 15 charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug, court documents indicated Tuesday. Boyle,...
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December 30, 2017 - 12:51 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian officials say a man has taken people hostage at a post office in Ukraine, though at least five have been released. Police say the man, who said he had firearms and explosives, barricaded himself in the post office in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, on Saturday. They...
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December 29, 2017 - 1:43 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a deadly police shooting in Wichita stemmed from someone making up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend upon a home in a prank common in the online gaming industry known as "swatting." Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said the...
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December 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm
ZAITSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted a massive prisoner exchange Wednesday, the largest such trade of captives since the start of the conflict and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal. Separatists from the...
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