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Nigeria marks 500 days since schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram

Abuja - Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram marked 500 days since their abduction Thursday, with hope of their rescue dwindling despite fresh efforts to end the insurgency.

Freed Shining Path captives recount Peru enslavement

Satipo - He doesn't know exactly how much time has passed since Shining Path guerrillas kidnapped him and put him to work on a slave-labor farm deep in the Peruvian jungle.

Fears rise for Croatia hostage held by Egypt jihadists

Cairo - Fears mounted over the fate of a Croatian abducted near the Egyptian capital by Islamic State group jihadists who have threatened to execute him by the end of Friday.

IS threatens to execute Croatian abducted in Egypt

Cairo - Egypt's affiliate of the Islamic State group threatened Wednesday to execute a Croatian kidnapped in Cairo last month within 48 hours if Muslim women jailed in Egypt are not freed.

Kidnapping of Czechs may be tied to detained Lebanese

- The kidnapping of five Czech citizens in Lebanon last week may be linked to a Lebanese man detained in Prague, whose family said Monday his lawyer was among those abducted.

Another Rwandan is kidnapped in Africa: Kagame agents suspected Special

An investigator who worked on key defense cases at the UN tribunal for Rwanda has been kidnapped in Kenya, amid mounting evidence that Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intelligence services were behind the abduction.

Colombian anti-kidnap chief's daughter abducted

Estanzuela - Unknown assailants have abducted the daughter of the director of Colombia's National Protection Unit (UNP), the force charged with guarding people at risk of kidnapping or assassination, officials said Friday.

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.
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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
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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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
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
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
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
James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
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
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
Screen capture from CBC News
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
Chloe Rodriguez
Chloe Rodriguez
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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
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Nairobi News
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
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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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