Hostage situations

Women, children, and an injured man who left the besieged Islamic State-held village of Baghouz, Syria, scramble over a rocky hillside to be checked by U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
March 15, 2019 - 10:02 am
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces' push to defeat the Islamic State group in its last, tiny bastion in Syria has been slowed by the presence of civilians and scores of prisoners held by the extremists, officials said Friday. The official with the Syrian Democratic Forces, who...
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Dilbar Ali Ravu, 10, is kissed by his aunt Dalal Ravu after Yazidi children were reunited with their families in Iraq after five years of captivity with the Islamic State group, Saturday, March 2, 2019. Elated families met their loved ones at a truck stop on the road between Sinjar and Dohuk, tossing candy like confetti and ululating in joy. The group of 3 Yazidi women and 18 children had crossed into Iraq from Syria on Thursday. They are among thousands of civilians who emerged in the last few days from the last speck of territory held by the Islamic State group in the village of Baghouz, in eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Philip Issa)
March 02, 2019 - 11:52 am
GERSHIN, Iraq (AP) — A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relatives in emotional scenes that underscored their yearslong ordeal and that of their devastated...
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Women and children exit the back of a truck as they arrive to a U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) screening area after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
March 01, 2019 - 4:06 pm
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Friday resumed military operations to liberate the last piece of territory held by the Islamic state group in Syria after evacuating thousands of civilians and hostages who have been besieged inside, a spokesman said. Mustafa Bali said...
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February 25, 2019 - 4:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that American citizen Danny Burch has been freed after 18 months of captivity in Yemen in what the State Department suggested was a rescue operation. In a statement, Trump thanked the United Arab Emirates for its role in reuniting Burch with...
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A chimney, the last remaining original structure from the days when survivors of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship brought into the United States, inhabited the area, stands in an abandoned lot in Africatown in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. After years of watching the steady decline, descendants of the freed slaves who established Africatown are trying to create new ties and, perhaps, rebuild a community that’s in danger of fading away. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
February 08, 2019 - 4:58 am
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The years have been hard on Africatown USA. Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the coastal Alabama community now shows scarcely a trace of its founders. Industrial development choked off...
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People watch as officials respond to reports of an active shooter at a UPS facility Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Logan Township, N.J. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP)
January 14, 2019 - 5:59 pm
LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An armed man who entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning and held two women hostage for several hours was shot and killed by police as he left the building with the women, authorities said. Several officers fired at William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey...
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FILE - In a Jan. 5, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown arrives at the White House, to meet with President Bush. The Rand Corp. says Harold Brown, the defense secretary during the Carter administration, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. He was 91. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
January 06, 2019 - 2:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91. Brown died Friday, said the Rand Corp., the California-based think tank which...
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December 07, 2018 - 4:34 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged a coordinated attack overnight on two Afghan army outposts in western Herat province, killing 14 Afghan soldiers and taking 21 captive, a provincial official said Friday, the latest in a series of daily attacks by insurgents on the country's beleaguered...
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November 13, 2018 - 6:11 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A leader of the Cameroon church school where 79 students and three staff were abducted in the country's troubled northwest more than a week ago says the principal and all remaining students and staff have been released. Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the Presbyterian...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, mourners carry the coffin of Rafat Nashat during a mass funerals in Sweida province, Syria, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Nashat was kidnapped by Islamic State militants with nearly two dozen others in July from the southern Sweida province during a bloody attack on their villages. (SANA via AP)
November 10, 2018 - 12:14 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped. Najwa Abu Ammar, 35, was kidnapped with her two...
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