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Mexico investigates mass abduction claims

- Authorities are investigating allegations that an armed group abducted at least 11 people after occupying a town in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero last week, prosecutors said.

Anti-IS coalition pledges 'no ransoms' for hostages

Washington - Members of a US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group vowed to stick by global resolutions to refuse to pay ransoms for citizens held hostage by militants, US officials said.

Escaped Chibok students offer help to freed Boko Haram hostages

Yola - Deborah knows just what to say to the 275 women and children who were held hostage by Boko Haram and rescued recently by the Nigerian military.

Mental horror lingers for freed Boko Haram hostages

Yola - Fleeing Boko Haram fighters left the hundreds of women and children they captured to their fate in the bush as Nigerian soldiers closed in last week. Many survived but others weren't so lucky.

Nigerian military rescues more women, girls from Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Thursday vowed to free more hostages from Boko Haram after nearly 500 were released from atrocious conditions this week in the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold.

Hong Kong police search country park for kidnappers

Hong Kong - Hundreds of heavily armed officers are searching one of Hong Kong's rural country parks in a massive operation to hunt down six men who fled with millions in ransom money after a kidnap, local media have reported.

Nigeria working to identify nearly 300 rescued women, girls

Abuja - Nigeria was on Wednesday seeking to identify nearly 300 women and girls rescued from Boko Haram, raising hopes they may include schoolgirls seized in a high-profile kidnapping last year.

Hong Kong police hunt kidnappers who fled with 'millions'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police were hunting for up to six men who kidnapped a woman then reportedly fled with millions in ransom after their hostage was rescued, authorities said Wednesday.

Nigeria claims rescue of nearly 300 women, girls from Boko Haram stronghold

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Tuesday claimed the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but said there was no confirmation the hostages were those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

Nigeria marks anniversary of Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappings

Abuja - Nigeria and the world marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram's abduction of 219 schoolgirls with protest marches, candlelit vigils and pledges of solidarity.

At least 2,000 women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram: Amnesty

Lagos - Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, a year on from the mass abduction of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls.

World must do more to free Nigerian schoolgirl hostages: Malala

Lagos - Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday criticised Nigerian and world leaders for not doing enough to help free 219 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago by Boko Haram militants.

Nigeria girls who fled Boko Haram look to brighter future

Lagos - A typical day for Deborah includes classes on a manicured university campus and exercise in the evening -- basketball, volleyball or aerobics. On weekends, she studies, swims or just relaxes.

Gunmen kidnap Romanian security guard from Burkina Faso mine

Ouagadougou - Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a Romanian security officer working at a mine in northern Burkina Faso and fled with him towards the border with Mali, security sources in both countries said.

Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

Prague - Two young Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been freed and have returned home, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Saturday.

Six charged in France for holding woman as sex slave

Strasbourg - Six men and women were charged for the rape and torture of a young woman allegedly held as a sex slave in France for more than a month, beaten and forced to engage in bestiality.

Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: Police

Lagos - Masked gunmen in central Nigeria kidnapped an American woman doing missionary work, with ransom the suspected motive for the attack, police told AFP Tuesday.

French woman working for World Bank kidnapped in Yemen

Paris - France said Tuesday a 30-year-old woman working for the World Bank was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital and urged its citizens to quickly leave the country.

Gunmen abduct 30 Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan

Kandahar - Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

89 school children abducted by South Sudan militia: UNICEF

Juba - An unidentified South Sudan armed group has abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their homes in the north of the country, UNICEF said Saturday."Eighty-nine children were abducted ...

Japan PM says 'credibility' of hostage video is 'high'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday the "credibility" of a video announcing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State militant group was "high".

French aid worker kidnapped in Central African Republic

Bangui - Two aid workers, including a 67-year-old French woman, were kidnapped on Monday in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, the French government said.

Paris post office hostage-taker surrenders

Paris - A man who holed up in a post office in a suburb northwest of Paris with two hostages on Friday surrendered and has been arrested, a police source said.

'Boko Haram' kills 32, kidnaps scores in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others, including women and children, in a brutal attack on a village in the northeast, officials and a witness said Thursday.

66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric: report

Paris - Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took centre stage and 66 reporters were killed.

'I was no longer human' says Frenchman of 3 years in captivity

Paris - Beaten, bound and fed mostly dry bread, on the darkest days of his three years held captive by Islamists in the Sahel, Frenchman Serge Lazarevic felt he was no longer human."There was no time, there were no bearings.

Mali minister admits prisoners freed for French hostage

Bamako - Mali admitted Friday that prisoners had been freed in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic, confirming information given to AFP earlier this week by a security source in the west African country.

Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda has blamed President Barack Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning "the lives of all Americans are in danger".

French hostage Lazarevic arrives home after three years in captivity

Paris - France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrived home Wednesday after three years at the hands of Islamist militants, to be greeted by his family and French President Francois Hollande.

France's last hostage freed in Mali after three years

Paris - France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped by Islamist militants in Mali in 2011, has been freed, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.
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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
, AFP
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Chloe Rodriguez
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A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
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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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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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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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
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
Rajesh Jantilal, AFP
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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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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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
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial  2006
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
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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
James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
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
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
, AFP