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German sailors abducted, killed in Philippines: military

Manila - Islamic militants who specialise in kidnappings-for-ransom have reported killing a German sailor and abducting her elderly male companion from their yacht in waters off the southern Philippines, the military said Monday.

US man who kept woman chained confesses to seven killings

Miami - A man who was arrested in the US state of South Carolina for holding a woman hostage and "chained like a dog" has confessed to up to seven killings, a local sheriff said.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

Tahoua - For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious.Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here.

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years

Nairobi - Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country's piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday.

French trio jailed for Serbia toddler kidnap

Belgrade - Serbia jailed three French nationals Thursday for kidnapping a toddler from a Belgrade street in a bizarre bid to use her DNA in a family dispute.

Nigeria's Buhari meets Chibok girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met the 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram last week, pledging to "redouble" his efforts to rescue those still being held.

Chibok schoolgirls reunited with families

Abuja - Twenty-one of the over 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls freed after being held by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists for more than two years on Sunday spoke of their ordeal as they were reunited with their families.

Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

Niamey - Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister said Saturday.

American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger: security source

Niamey - An American NGO worker was kidnapped Friday night in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source told AFP.

Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls, more than two years missing

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria more than two years ago.

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Kano - Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday.

Red Cross staffer freed in Yemen was 'held for ransom'

Muscat - A Red Cross staffer freed after almost a year in captivity in Yemen was held for ransom not for political reasons, diplomatic sources in neighbouring Oman said on Tuesday.

Colombia's ELN rebels release civilian hostage: Red Cross

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest rebel force, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), on Thursday released a civilian captive to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the humanitarian organization said.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Norwegian hostage freed by Philippine militants 'lucky to be alive'

Indanan - A freed Norwegian hostage said he was "lucky to be alive" Sunday, after being kidnapped by Islamic militants and held in the southern Philippine jungle for more than a year.

Philippine militants 'free Norwegian hostage'

Manila - A Norwegian held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released Saturday after a year in captivity and will soon be handed over to authorities, officials said.

Five bus passengers abducted in Mexico

Mexico - Five people -- and not 15 as a bus driver had initially claimed -- were abducted in Mexico's violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas, an official said on Friday.

Nigeria admits failed Chibok girls swap deals

Abuja - Nigeria opened negotiations with Boko Haram over the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls last year, but the talks were derailed due to a split in the extremist group, a minister said Friday.

Philippine troops 'kill six Abu Sayyaf militants'

Manila - Philippine security officials killed six members of militant group Abu Sayyaf on Friday including one involved in the kidnapping of two Canadians who were beheaded in the troubled south, the military said.

Mexico federal prosecutors probe Chapo son kidnapping

Puerto Vallarta - Mexican federal prosecutors took over investigations into the gunpoint kidnapping of a son of notorious drugs boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, officials said.

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Kano - Boko Haram on Sunday released a new video showing at least one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok more than two years ago, and called for its detained fighters to be freed.

Eight jailed for up to 15 years over kidnap of Hong Kong heiress

Bejing - Eight men who kidnapped a Hong Kong fashion heiress and held her in a cave as they negotiated a multi-million-dollar ransom were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison Friday, a mainland court said.

Kidnapping for ransom thrives in eastern DR Congo

Kayna - Floribert Kambale Safari didn't spend long in the hands of his kidnappers, but he still feels he's a captive to the debt owed to those who paid his ransom.

Abduction of young girl from store caught on surveillance video

Victorville - Luckily the abduction of a 4-year-old girl from a California store did not last long. The man lost his grip on the girl and she was quickly rescued by her mother. Others chased the man and held him until police arrived.

Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria

Kano - Sierra Leone's deputy high commissioner has been snatched in Nigeria, government sources said Friday, the first kidnapping of a diplomat from the west African country in more than half a century.
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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
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Nairobi News
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
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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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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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
Chloe Rodriguez
Chloe Rodriguez
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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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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
Ahsir Simmons (l) and surveillance image of woman walking out of mall with abducted baby
Ahsir Simmons (l) and surveillance image of woman walking out of mall with abducted baby
Upper Merion police
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial  2006
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
Screen capture from CBC News
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Yuvalhuck/Wikimedia Commons
James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
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
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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Joseph Boller  18.
Joseph Boller, 18.
Centre Co. Correctional / YouTube screengrab
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
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
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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