Kidnapping

Nicole Finn, of West Des Moines, talks to her attorney Thomas Augustine during Finn's trial for murder, kidnapping and child endangerment on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the Polk County Courthouse. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 5:18 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager testified that his mother forced him and his two sisters to sleep on their bedroom floor in their own waste for months and that she refused to feed one sister in the days before she starved to death. The teen told the Polk County jury on Wednesday that his...
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December 03, 2017 - 7:38 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's military says it has rescued a Jordanian civilian who was kidnapped for ransom by an armed group in southern Syria several days ago. The military-linked Hala Akhbar site said Sunday that the Jordanian man had been living in southern Syria and owned a farm there. It...
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November 28, 2017 - 8:02 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of a missing Zimbabwean activist who was abducted by suspected state agents in 2015 after urging then-President Robert Mugabe to resign says she hopes the country's new leader will shed light on what happened to her husband. Sheffra Dzamara said Tuesday that she...
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Wilbert Jones talks to media with his brother Plem Jones, right, after leaving East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Wilbert Jones, who has spent nearly 50 years in prison was freed after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson threw out Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
November 15, 2017 - 4:50 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 65-year-old man who was arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison on Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned by a judge. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago...
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November 15, 2017 - 7:13 am
PARIS (AP) — The lawyer for a Frenchman accused of a deadly 2014 shooting at a Brussels Jewish museum says his client has been handed preliminary terrorism charges in France relating to a separate case in Syria. Lawyer Francis Vuillemin said Medhi Nemmouche was escorted under high security for "...
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FILE - In this July 2016 file photo, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound, in Saylorsburg, Pa. Turkey on Sunday dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, in exchange for millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Chris Post, File)
November 12, 2017 - 8:25 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Sunday dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an...
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This image released by Lifetime shows Alana Boden, left, with Elizabeth Smart on the set of "I Am Elizabeth Smart," premiering Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. (Sergei Bachlakov/Lifetime via AP)
November 11, 2017 - 3:12 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is pleased with how a Lifetime movie and documentary she helped produce about her harrowing ordeal turned out. But she said her visit to the movie set brought back terrible memories when she saw actor Skeet Ulrich looking so similar to the man...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 09, 2017 - 6:28 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20...
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November 06, 2017 - 8:54 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government says one U.K. missionary who was kidnapped in Nigeria last month has been killed but three others have been freed. The Foreign Office said Monday that Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan have returned to their families, but Ian Squire "was...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 photo, Koichiro Iizuka, whose mother Yaeko Taguchi was abducted by North Korean agents in 1978 when he was a baby, speaks during the interview with the Associated Press in Tokyo. Iizuka has high hopes that President Donald Trump’s outreach will draw public attention to the issue. Trump is expected to meet with some relatives of the abductees Monday, Nov. 6, during his Tokyo visit. Japan says North Korea abducted at least 17 citizens in the 1970s and ‘80s to train its spies to pass as Japanese. North Korea allowed five to visit Japan in 2002, and they stayed instead of returning to North Korea. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
November 04, 2017 - 9:10 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Koichiro Iizuka only knows her as Yaeko-san, a pretty woman smiling in an old photo and in stories told by his relatives. A 16-month-old baby, he was at a childcare center in downtown Tokyo with his 3-year-old sister, waiting to be picked up by their mother. She never returned. Yaeko...
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