Kidnapping

February 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela. Ana Isabel Soto was rescued last weekend, three days after she was kidnapped. Diaz was given permission to arrive late to spring training, and he spoke to...
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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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In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, children play in empty cardboard boxes during a food distribution by Oxfam outside Akobo town, one of the last rebel-held strongholds in South Sudan. Child abductions have risen during South Sudan's civil war as desperate people try to make a living, and one child, no matter the age, is said to sell for 20 cows, worth about $7,000. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
February 04, 2018 - 4:43 pm
AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet. "They were playing right there," Machar...
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This undated photo provided by Leslie Cork shows Tania Julin in Winter Springs, Fla. Julin's husband was kidnapped on Jan. 31, 1993 in the village of Pucuro, Panama, about 15 miles from the Colombian border. The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the terrorist organization known as FARC are seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages from banana giant Chiquita Brands International because of payments the company made to the group. Trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in West Palm Beach federal court in lawsuits that accuse Chiquita of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act. (Leslie Cork via AP)
February 03, 2018 - 12:55 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the terrorist organization known as FARC are seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages from banana giant Chiquita Brands International because of payments the company made to the group...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Hisham Genena, then head of Egypt's oversight body, talks at his office in Cairo, Egypt. Security officials say Genena has been injured in a brawl with unidentified men outside his suburban Cairo home, few weeks after he was named top aide to would-be presidential candidate Sami Annan, a former military chief of staff. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
January 27, 2018 - 1:33 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former top auditor on Saturday suffered serious injuries to his face and leg during an apparent kidnapping attempt that turned into a brawl outside his suburban Cairo home, his defense lawyers told The Associated Press. Lawyers Ali Taha and Tareq el-Awady said three men armed...
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January 20, 2018 - 3:51 pm
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday. Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners in the Kagarko local government area Friday...
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January 17, 2018 - 8:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A security guard who was arrested after a prostitute fell out of his car is suspected of raping more than a dozen women or girls as young as 15 at gunpoint in Los Angeles County, police said Wednesday. Ferdinand Ervin Flowers, 35, of Long Beach, pleaded not guilty Wednesday with...
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January 17, 2018 - 6:54 am
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese-American journalist who extensively interviewed an exiled businessman says his wife has been kidnapped and held for months by Chinese security forces, adding a subplot to the high-stakes drama that has transfixed followers of Chinese politics. Chen Xiaoping, a New York-...
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January 15, 2018 - 10:56 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A video released Monday by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists purportedly shows some of the young women kidnapped from a school nearly four years ago who vow never to return home. Of the 276 girls abducted from their boarding school in Chibok in April 2014 by Islamic...
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