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Kidnapping News

Colombia in massive search for kidnapped general

Quibd - The Colombian army has mounted a massive search for a general captured by leftist FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed peace talks as they hit the two-year mark Wednesday.

U.S. fugitive found with son on Pacific's tiny Niue

Wellington - An American man accused of kidnapping his son was found with the boy on the remote South Pacific atoll of Niue some 8,800 kilometres (5,500 miles) from home, authorities said.

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Kano - Boko Haram has claimed that the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped more than six months ago have converted to Islam and been "married off", shocking their families but confirming suspicions about a supposed deal for their release and a wider ceasefire.

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Kano - Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday.

Kidnapped women 'used by Boko Haram on front line': rights group

Lagos - Boko Haram has used kidnapped young women and girls on the front lines of its insurgency, according to a new report published on Monday, after a fresh abduction in Nigeria's far northeast.

Anxious wait for Nigeria girls after Boko Haram 'deal'

Abuja - Relatives of Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls on Saturday dared voice cautious hope of seeing the teenagers finally freed after officials claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants.

Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal

Manila - A German couple kidnapped by Islamic militants were handed over to their embassy Saturday after a six-month ordeal marked by constant threats of beheading, as the Philippines confronted a security threat it thought it had overcome.

Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants

Abuja - Officials and campaigners on Saturday anxiously awaited further news about the fate of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants to secure their release.

Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped girls

Abuja - Nigeria on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls but doubts immediately surrounded the purported breakthrough.

Protesters mark six months since Nigerian schoolgirls' kidnap

Abuja - Protesters calling for the release of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants were set Tuesday to mark the six-month anniversary of their abduction with a march on the presidency.

27 Chinese and local hostages released in Cameroon

Yaound - Ten Chinese and 17 local hostages have been released in Cameroon, where they were kidnapped earlier this year in raids blamed on the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Cameroon's president said Saturday.

UPDATE:Kidnapping Suspect arrested in Hannah Graham disappearance

Charlottesville - Law enforcement officials in Virginia are confirming they have the suspect they believe is responsible for abducting a University of Virginia student in custody.

Chadian troops free hostages after clash with Boko Haram

N'djamena - The Boko Haram conducted another mass abduction earlier this month. Troops from Chad clashed with the Boko Haram militants near the Nigerian border, killing most of the fighters and freeing most of the hostages.

Amish girls abducted with intent to 'victimize'

New York - A US couple arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish sisters intended to "victimize" the girls after snatching them from their roadside produce stand, authorities said Saturday.

British teacher kidnapped in Yemen is released

London - A British teacher kidnapped in Yemen earlier this year was released safely on Saturday following negotiations by the government in Sanaa, both countries said.

U.S. hijacker sentenced to 20 years in prison

Miami - A former Black Panther who hijacked an airplane in 1984 and diverted it to Cuba was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Miami.William Potts, 57, will be eligible for early release on parole after seven years.

Israel to charge three Jews over Palestinian teen murder

Jerusalem - Israel is to indict three Jewish extremists with murder over the brutal killing of a Palestinian teenager, officials said Monday, as it emerged their initial target was an eight-year-old child.

Amnesty details widespread kidnapping and torture in Ukraine

Kiev - A new Amnesty International report on Friday highlighted the "hundreds" of abductions and incidents of torture by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and also criticised the excessive force used by government forces.

More than 60 women, girls escape Islamist abductors in Nigeria

Maiduguri - More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held by the Islamists.

Clashes spill into Israel over 'burned alive' Palestinian teen

Umm El Fahm - Clashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from east Jerusalem to Arab towns inside Israel, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

Clashes spill into Israel over 'burned alive' Palestinian teen

Umm El Fahm - Clashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from east Jerusalem to Arab towns inside Israel on Saturday, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

Clashes spread over Palestinian teen 'burned alive'

Ramallah - A Palestinian teenager whose abduction and murder caused violent protests was burned alive, autopsy reports show, as clashes over the killing spread Saturday from east Jerusalem to Arab Israeli towns.

Palestinians bury slain teen, clashes hit E.Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians, some firing weapons into the air, took part Friday in the emotionally charged east Jerusalem funeral of a Palestinian teenager believed murdered by Israelis.

Indian nurses trapped in Iraq heading home

Baghdad - Forty-six Indian nurses trapped in Iraq's conflict were freed on Friday after getting caught up in a swift militant offensive that has overrun swathes of territory and threatens "Syria-like chaos".

Israel warns Hamas against more violence as tension spikes

Jerusalem - Israel warned Hamas Thursday against any escalation in violence, reinforcing its Gaza border amid continued rocket fire and heightened tensions after the murder of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teenager.

Israel warns Hamas against more violence as tension spikes

Jerusalem - Israel warned Hamas Thursday against any escalation in violence, reinforcing its Gaza border amid continued rocket fire and heightened tensions after three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teenager were murdered.

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

Tokyo - Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister announced Thursday, rewarding progress in a probe of the Cold War kidnapping of Japanese nationals.

Palestinian teen murder sparks rioting as tensions soar

Jerusalem - Violence flared in Jerusalem as angry Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli police following the kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teen in an apparent revenge attack, prompting international calls for calm.

Riots as Palestinian, 16, killed in apparent revenge act

Jerusalem - A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed Wednesday in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths, triggering violent clashes in east Jerusalem.

Israel vows to make Hamas pay for murder of Israeli teens

Halhul - Israel has vowed to make Hamas pay for the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but the Islamist movement warned any reprisal attacks would open "the gates of hell".
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A young South African student in Durban writes a message on a blackboard during a "BringBackOur...
A young South African student in Durban writes a message on a blackboard during a "BringBackOurGirls" school project on May 15, 2014
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Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from of...
Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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James Lee Dimaggio  40  left; Ethan Anderson  8  middle; and Hannah Anderson  16  right.
James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left; Ethan Anderson, 8, middle; and Hannah Anderson, 16, right.
California Highway Patrol
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A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
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Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their ...
Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their rescue from a kidnapping in Colombia.
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
STR, AFP/File
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Ten-month-old Lisa Irwin reported missing from family home since Oct. 4
Ten-month-old Lisa Irwin reported missing from family home since Oct. 4
Courtesy the Find Lisa Facebook page
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Ariel Castro  a man convicted of kidnapping three women in Ohio. He committed suicide in his prison ...
Ariel Castro, a man convicted of kidnapping three women in Ohio. He committed suicide in his prison cell
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James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
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Chloe Rodriguez
Chloe Rodriguez
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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Yuvalhuck/Wikimedia Commons
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María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they pu...
María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they publicly announced a wedding.
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Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial  2006
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
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Marie Dedieu was suffering from cancer and she was disabled and the kidnappers left behind her wheel...
Marie Dedieu was suffering from cancer and she was disabled and the kidnappers left behind her wheelchair.
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni  as she and her children were tra...
The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
Afghan Parliament
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