Hostage situations

FILE - This combination of two photos taken from video released on June 21, 2017, by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, shows kidnapped teachers Australian Timothy Weeks, top, and American Kevin King, who were abducted in Afghanistan in August 2016. King and Weeks were released Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, hours after the Afghan government freed three Taliban prisoners and sent them to Qatar. (AL-EMARA Taliban via AP, File)
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November 19, 2019 - 3:05 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and Australian...
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Demonstrators set fire to a rendition of the U.S. flag during a rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Reviving decades-old cries of "Death to America," Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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November 04, 2019 - 6:43 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, linking the decision to U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement over a year ago. The announcement — which...
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Police held captive by anti-government protesters, are forced to carry a coffin that contains the remains of a companion demonstrator who protesters say died during yesterday's national strike, in a procession inside the Casa de Cultura in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. An indigenous leader and four other people have died in unrest in Ecuador since last week, the public defender's office said Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Anti-government protesters paraded captive police officers on a stage Thursday, defying Ecuadorian authorities who are seeking dialogue with opponents, particularly indigenous groups, after deadly unrest that was triggered by fuel price hikes. Some of the officers were later...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 09, 2019 - 11:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on Turkish offensive in Syria (all times local): 6 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's worried Turkey's campaign in Syria will lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group. He told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday that he was "deeply...
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September 29, 2019 - 11:55 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels Sunday claimed they launched a major attack on the border of Saudi Arabia, releasing video purporting to show captive Saudi soldiers and equipment. The images of the attack released by the rebels, known as Houthis, show armored vehicles with stenciled Saudi...
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President Donald Trump and Robert O'Brien, just named as the new national security adviser, speak to the media at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 18, 2019 - 8:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person...
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In this frame grab from video provided by TV Globo, an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus, steps outside of the bus momentarily on the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The man threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff broadcast live on television. (TV Globo via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 5:10 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff on Latin America's longest bridge. All the hostages were freed unharmed on a 13-...
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People wait at a blocked access of the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 during a hostage standoff. An armed man holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus and threatening to set the vehicle on fire was seized by police after a four-hour long standoff, Brazilian police said. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
August 20, 2019 - 9:24 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on a hostage taking on a bus in Brazil (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Rio de Janeiro's state governor says an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus has died after being shot by police following a four-hour long standoff. Gov. Wilson Witzel said the hostages...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 05, 2019 - 8:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diane Foley learned her son's fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she'd been on Twitter. Foley had not, but the ghastly images weren't hard to find. President Barack Obama soon confirmed the news to the world: James Foley, a 40-year-old...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 05, 2019 - 12:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American journalist James Foley was kidnapped in Syria and then killed by Islamic State militants in 2014 — his death seen in a video circulated online. For Diane Foley it was a galvanizing moment, emblematic of the helplessness she felt during her son's captivity and the lack of...
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