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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.

Foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria released: Company

Port Harcourt - Five foreign construction workers kidnapped last week with two Nigerian colleagues after their vehicle was attacked and driver killed have been released, officials said Monday, with two suffering serious injuries.

Australians, NZealander, South African kidnapped in Nigeria

Port Harcourt - Three Australians, a New Zealander and South African have been kidnapped along with two locals in Nigeria's southeast after their vehicle was attacked, officials said on Thursday.

Philippines' Aquino says aiming to rescue Abu Sayyaf hostages

Manila - Philippine's outgoing President Benigno Aquino insisted Wednesday a Norwegian man and other hostages being held by Islamic extremists on a remote southern island could be rescued, after the militants beheaded a second Canadian captive.

Philippines confirms second Canadian hostage beheaded

Manila - Philippine authorities on Tuesday confirmed that Muslim extremist guerrillas had beheaded a second Canadian hostage, as they defended their inability to save him despite months of pursuit.

Canadian hostage likely killed in Philippines: Trudeau

Ottawa - The Canadian government has "every reason to believe" that one of its citizens kidnapped by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines nearly nine months ago has been killed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

Philippine militants release four Malaysian sailors: Military

Manila - Four Malaysian sailors held for more than two months by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines were released on Wednesday, the Philippine military said.

S. Africa baby kidnapper sentencing postponed

Cape Town - A woman convicted in a high-profile trial of kidnapping a newborn baby 19 years ago will remain in custody until sentencing on August 1, a South African judge ruled Monday.

Mexican authorities rescue kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

- Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early Monday he was "very well" despite the ordeal.

Footballer Alan Pulido kidnapped in Mexican hometown: Police

Nuevo Laredo - Mexican footballer Alan Pulido, a striker on Greece's Olympiakos team, was kidnapped Sunday in his home state of Tamaulipas, law enforcement officials said.

Questions on Chibok girl release after second rescue claim

Abuja - Nigeria has claimed the rescue of a second Chibok girl but a campaign group on Friday said she was captured separately from the 219 held by Boko Haram, as questions were raised about the first release.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued: Nigerian army

Lagos - A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found, the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

Rescued Chibok girl Amina Ali: A 'quiet and humble' student

Maiduguri - Amina Ali, who this week became the first of 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to be found, had undergone a dramatic transformation since she was seized by Boko Haram nearly two years ago."She was completely changed.

Hundreds rescued from abuse in Mexican drug rehab shelter

Guadalajara - Mexican police rescued hundreds of men, women and children from a drug rehabilitation shelter where they were found suffering from beatings, cigarette burns and rape, officials said on Wednesday.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Two years gone

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.Nigeria's army confirmed on Wednesday that one of the girls has been found.

Chibok girl rescue raises hopes for others held by Boko Haram

Kano - One of 219 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram for more than two years has been found, the military and activists said Wednesday, the first rescue that has raised hopes for those still being held.

Philippine Islamist kidnappers set new ransom deadline

Manila - Islamist extremists in the Philippines who last month beheaded a Canadian man say they will kill another Western hostage if a multi-million dollar ransom is not paid within four weeks.

Militants threatened to slit our throats: Indonesian hostage

Jakarta - An Indonesian sailor told Monday how Philippine Islamic militants threatened to slit his throat during a terrifying kidnap ordeal, a day after he and nine other crew members were released.

10 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines: Police

Zamboanga City - Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday, officials said, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.

Sweden cuts sentence for doctor who held woman in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish doctor who drugged and kidnapped a woman he planned to keep in a soundproof bunker for years had his prison sentence reduced on appeal Thursday, from 10 to eight years.

Philippines' Aquino vows to 'neutralise' Abu Sayyaf kidnappers

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to launch a military assault aimed at "neutralising" Islamic militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners. "Casualties are to be expected.

Islamists behead Canadian hostage in Philippines

Manila - Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded a Canadian hostage, raising fears for more than 20 other foreigners held captive on remote islands, with troops and police vowing Tuesday to hunt down the extremists.

Canadian executed by Islamic militants in Philippines: Trudeau

Ottawa - Islamic militants in the Philippines have executed a Canadian hostage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, after the Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island.

Three Red Cross staff kidnapped in Mali now free

Dakar - Three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend by Islamist group Ansar Dine have been freed, the ICRC said Friday.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.
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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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Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
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Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
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A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
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María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they publicly announced a wedding.
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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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James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
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Joseph Boller, 18.
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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
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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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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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Ahsir Simmons (l) and surveillance image of woman walking out of mall with abducted baby
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James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left; Ethan Anderson, 8, middle; and Hannah Anderson, 16, right.
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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
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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
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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
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