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Abducted Mexican journalist freed

Coatzacoalcos - A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped at gunpoint as he took his daughter to school has been freed, authorities in the violent eastern state of Veracruz said Thursday.

Abducted Mexican journalist freed

Coatzacoalcos - A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped at gunpoint as he took his daughter to school has been freed, authorities in the violent eastern state of Veracruz said Thursday.

Dutchman held by IS-linked rebels killed in Philippines

Manila - A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in the southern Philippines, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape.

Dutchman held by IS-linked rebels killed in Philippines: army

Manila - A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in the southern Philippines, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape.

'On my mind': Trump meets relatives of Japanese abducted by N.Korea

Apo - US President Donald Trump on Monday told relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea that their loved ones were "very much on my mind" and promised to work to bring them home.

Nigerians hold birthday rally for girl held by Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigerian activists Tuesday staged a rally to mark the 16th birthday of a girl who was abducted by Boko Haram 449 days ago.

Benin mourns slain tour guide, 'one of the best'

Natitingou - At Natitingou in northern Benin, visitors mingled with locals to pay their condolences to the family of Fiacre Gbedji, a tour guide murdered by jihadists when they kidnapped two French tourists in the Pendjari National Park.

Grief, questions as France remembers troops slain in hostage raid

Paris - A grieving France paid its respects Tuesday to two commandos killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in the Sahel region of Africa last week, under the shadow of a row over risks taken by two of those freed.

S. Korean hostage in Burkina Faso was 'regular tourist': official

Paris - A South Korean hostage rescued by French special forces in Burkina Faso last week was a tourist travelling in the region who had been seized close to the border with Benin, an embassy official said on Monday.

Kidnapped tourists land in France after Burkina Faso raid

Paris - Three hostages freed in Burkina Faso in a special forces raid in which two French soldiers died on Saturday arrived in France to be greeted by President Emmanuel Macron.

Dramatic detail emerges on French commando raid in Burkina

Paris - The French military had been tracking the gang of hostage-takers across the arid terrain of eastern Burkina Faso for days before deciding to launch the night-time rescue mission that would cost the lives of two commandos.

Rescued in Burkina: the 4 hostages freed in French raid

Paris - French special forces have rescued four foreign hostages in a complex overnight operation in northern Burkina Faso in which two of its soldiers were killed.

French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso

Paris - French special forces have freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in northern Burkina Faso in an overnight raid in which two soldiers died, authorities announced Friday.

Leader of Cameroon's main opposition party released by kidnappers

Yaound - The chairman of Cameroon's main opposition party Ni John Fru Ndi has been released after being kidnapped earlier Saturday in the Northwest Region, one of two English-speaking provinces in the grip of an armed conflict for over a year, his party said.

Nurse kidnapped by IS five years ago may be alive, Red Cross

Geneva - A New Zealand nurse believed abducted with two drivers by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2013 may still be alive, the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed for the first time in an appeal for news of her whereabouts.

Five years after Boko Haram kidnap, 112 Chibok girls still missing

Kuda - Aisha Musa Maina digs through an old bag looking for memories of her daughter Hauwa, one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped five years ago by Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria.

US tourist, guide, kidnapped in Uganda freed after ransom paid: safari firm

Kanpala - A US tourist and a safari guide kidnapped by gunmen in a Ugandan national park have been recovered safe and sound after a ransom was paid for their release, a safari firm said on Sunday.

19 migrants kidnapped from bus in Mexico: president

Mexico - Nineteen passengers who were kidnapped from a bus last week in northern Mexico were migrants, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday, as investigators worked through the murky details of the case.

Kidnappers free Nigeria winger's mother: police

Warri - Kidnappers have released the mother of Bordeaux and Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu after holding her for nearly a week, police in the country's southeast said on Tuesday.

Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

Tunis - Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital Tripoli, demanding Tunis release a comrade, the foreign ministry and a rights activist said."The foreign ministry is following the case of the Tunisian citizens...

France assault trial opens for Congolese star Koffi Olomide

Nterre - Congolese music star Koffi Olomide went on trial in France on Monday on charges of sexually assaulting four former dancers who say they were held against their will at a villa outside Paris.

Colombian Marxist guerrillas release hostage after almost a year

Apo - Colombia's last remaining Marxist rebel group, the ELN on Thursday released a hostage held for almost a year, the country's ombudsman's office said on Twitter.

Argentine woman rescued in Bolivia 32 years after kidnapping

Buenos Aires - An Argentine woman kidnapped 32 years ago as a teenager has been found alive and well in Bolivia following a joint investigation between the two countries, Argentine police said Wednesday.

Gunmen kidnap Italian woman in Kenya

Nairobi - An armed gang abducted an Italian woman from a village in southeast Kenya, shooting and wounding five residents in the raid, police said Wednesday.

Gunmen kidnap Italian woman in southeast Kenya

Nairobi - An armed gang abducted an Italian volunteer from a village in southeast Kenya, shooting and wounding five residents in the raid, police said Wednesday.

Freed Japan hostage arrives home to joy, but also anger

Apo - A Japanese journalist freed from Syria this week arrived home to overjoyed relatives and supporters, but also to vitriol from some who accuse him and other hostages of reckless behaviour.

Freed Japanese journalist home after Syria kidnap 'hell'

Apo - A Japanese journalist who was held in Syria for more than three years arrived home Thursday evening for a tearful reunion with his family after an ordeal he described as "hell.

Tanzanian police say driver identified in billionaire kidnapping

Nairobi - Tanzanian police said Friday they had identified the driver of a vehicle used in the kidnapping of Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was snatched over a week ago.

Father of midwife murdered by Boko Haram hails her humanitarian work

Maiduguri - The father of a young midwife executed by Boko Haram has blasted the jihadists for killing his daughter, hailing on Wednesday the "immense help" she gave to her community and expressing hope for the safe release of other hostages.

Boko Haram kills second kidnapped aid worker in Nigeria: Red Cross

Abuja - Islamic State-allied Boko Haram jihadists have killed another kidnapped female Red Cross worker in northeast Nigeria in a "despicable act of cruelty", the agency said on Tuesday, a month after militants murdered one of her colleagues.
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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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Chloe Rodriguez
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James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left; Ethan Anderson, 8, middle; and Hannah Anderson, 16, right.
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Joseph Boller  18.
Joseph Boller, 18.
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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
Police handout
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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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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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.
Family handout
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Nairobi News
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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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 information from officials on May 5, 2014
STR, AFP/File
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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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
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
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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
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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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