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Four Chinese sailors kidnapped in Gabon are free

Lagos - Four Chinese sailors who were kidnapped last month in the port of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, have been released, the Chinese consulate in Lagos said.

Philippine troops rescue two abducted Indonesians

Manila - Philippine troops rescued two abducted Indonesian sailors in a Sunday pre-dawn raid on an Islamist militant stronghold which left two dead, a military official said.

Ex-police says he helped kill Belarus leader's critics

Minsk - A man who claims to have served in an elite Belarusian police unit says he helped murder key opposition figures 20 years ago, leading to calls Tuesday for President Alexander Lukashenko to be investigated.

Doctors kidnapped in Kenya 'are well,' Cuba says

Havana - Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Kenya in April and taken to Somalia "are well," a Cuban official said Tuesday, adding that both countries were working to get them released.

Iraqi families fear worst after protesters abducted

Baghdad - "Last seen: Friday, 9:18pm." About an hour after gunmen began attacking a protest encampment in Iraq's capital at the weekend, Mustafa -- who had slept there for weeks -- went offline.

Freed UK hostage and wife say chained, threatened in Philippines

Zamboanga - A British man and his wife rescued this week from Islamist captors in the Philippines' south say they were chained and threatened with beheading if they didn't deliver a ransom.

Frenchman, actor kidnapped in Mexico freed: officials

San Miguel Zinacantepec - A French citizen and a Mexican actor kidnapped in a national park in central Mexico were freed Monday, officials said.

French citizen kidnapped in central Mexico

Mexico - A French citizen and a Mexican national were kidnapped Sunday while visiting a national park in central Mexico, the French embassy in Mexico City told AFP.The two men were in separate all-terrain vehicles when they were ambushed.

Greek police free Lebanese man due to mistaken identity

Athens - Greek authorities have released a Lebanese man who was arrested last week accused of involvement in a 1985 plane hijacking, after concluding they had the wrong person, police said.

Missing Maldives journalist killed by Islamic radicals: report

Male - A local extremist group linked to Al-Qaeda was responsible for the murder of three prominent Maldivians, including a journalist missing for more than five years, an independent commission in the Indian Ocean island republic has found.

Seventeen Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

Yaound - Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were abducted in attacks on two merchant ships off Cameroon, in the latest act of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, sources said Friday.

17 Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

Yaound - Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were abducted on Thursday when two merchant vessels came under attack in Cameroonian waters, sources said Friday."Seventeen Chinese and Ukrainians were kidnapped...

Austrian triathlete freed by kidnapper after complimenting orchids

Vienna - A young Austrian triathlete kidnapped while riding her bike talked her way to freedom by complimenting her captor's orchids, a police source said Saturday, confirming press reports.

Mexican authorities rescue 24 kidnapped migrants

Celaya - Mexican authorities on Friday rescued 24 Central American migrants, including nine children, who had been held hostage for nearly three weeks in the crime-ridden state of Guanajuato, officials said.

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.
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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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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.
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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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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 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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Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Nairobi News
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
Joseph Boller  18.
Joseph Boller, 18.
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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
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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Chloe Rodriguez
Chloe Rodriguez
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A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial  2006
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
Screen capture from CBC 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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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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