Hostage situations

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows women and children who has been liberated from the Islamic State group in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze minority, state media reported today. (SANA via AP)
November 09, 2018 - 5:05 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian father and activists say Islamic State militants shot and killed two children during an operation by the Syrian military to liberate a group of hostages from southern Syria held by the group. Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida, says his 8-year-old son Raafat was...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows women and children who has been liberated from the Islamic State group in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze minority, state media reported today. (SANA via AP)
November 08, 2018 - 12:41 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a months-long crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze religious minority, state media reported Thursday. An opposition...
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Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.
November 07, 2018 - 12:14 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday. The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near...
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In this photo taken on Feb. 18, 2015, Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Japan's government says a man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who went missing three years ago while in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference late Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 that Japan was informed by Qatar that the man, believed to be Jumpei Yasuda, has been released. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 12:03 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Tuesday that a man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who went missing three years ago while in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a hastily arranged news conference late Tuesday that Japan was...
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October 20, 2018 - 7:04 am
PARIS (AP) — Three people have been charged in France over an Islamic extremist's shooting rampage and supermarket hostage-taking earlier this year. French regional media reported that the three are suspected of providing help to assailant Redouane Lakdim before his March attack in Carcassonne and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo police patrols in front of the main station during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany. Cologne police say they have closed parts of the western German city's main train station because of a hostage situation. The incident appears to have started Monday at a pharmacy inside the train station. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)
October 15, 2018 - 8:13 am
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police on Monday closed parts of the western German city's main train station after a man took a woman hostage in a pharmacy inside. Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that incident appears to have started Monday at 12:45 p.m. He said parts of the...
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Denis Mukwege, center, celebrates with his staff after learning he has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mukwege, 63, founded the hospital and has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country. "The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war," the Nobel committee said in its citation Friday. (Norwegian Church Aid via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 11:53 am
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:50 p.m. President Donald Trump hasn't commented on the new Nobel Peace Prize winners but his new ambassador to Congo has. U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer says in a Twitter post: "Congratulations Dr. Denis Mukwege!...
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September 25, 2018 - 6:57 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it documented 16 cases in...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart looks on during a news conference in Sandy, Utah. Wanda Barzee, a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 12, 2018 - 2:38 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday. Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the...
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August 25, 2018 - 9:18 am
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 16 children are among nearly 30 civilians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in southern Syria a month ago and are being used as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations with the Syrian government and its ally Russia, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The rights watchdog said...
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