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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.

Australian mother, TV crew freed on bail in Lebanon abduction case

Birut - An Australian woman and four journalists accused of kidnapping her children from their Lebanese father in Beirut were released on bail Wednesday after he dropped the charges against them.

Gunmen kidnap four Indonesian sailors off Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Gunmen have abducted four Indonesian sailors and shot and wounded one crew member on the high seas off the east coast of Malaysia's Sabah state, waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate, a senior police official said Saturday.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Gone two years

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

Nigeria cautious over 'proof of life' Chibok girls video

Lagos - Nigeria's government on Thursday said it was studying a "proof of life" video showing 15 of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, as parents and their supporters marked the second anniversary of the kidnapping.

Hashtag fail? #BringBackOurGirls two years on

Lagos - More than a week after 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, a lawyer posted the first #BringBackOurGirls tweet.

Philippine militants wound 22 soldiers in clash after freeing Italian

Zamboanga City - Some 22 Philippine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a firefight with Islamic militants, the military said, a day after the release of a retired Italian priest taken hostage in the Muslim-populated south of the country.

Freed Italian hostage leaves Philippines hospital

Zamboanga City - A retired Italian priest held hostage for six months by suspected Islamic militants left a Philippine hospital Saturday a day after his ordeal ended, looking frail though officials said he was in good health.

Freed Italian hostage leaves Philippines hospital

Zamboanga City - A retired Italian priest held hostage for six months by suspected Islamic militants left a Philippine hospital Saturday a day after his ordeal ended, looking frail though officials said he was in good health.

Freed Italian hostage leaves Philippines hospital

Zamboanga City - A retired Italian priest held hostage for six months by suspected Islamic militants left a Philippine hospital Saturday a day after his ordeal ended, looking frail though officials said he was in good health.

Italian hostage released in southern Philippines

Manila - A retired Italian priest abducted six months ago in the southern Philippines by suspected Islamic militants was released on Friday, police and the Italian government said.

Qatar royal freed by Iraq kidnappers after 4 month ordeal

Doha - A member of the Qatari royal family and a Pakistani have been released by kidnappers in Iraq after nearly four months in captivity, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Bring back our school: Anger in Chibok over lack of education

Kuda - There's not much left of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenagers in the dead of night nearly two years ago.

Colombia rebels free ex-governor held since 2013: Officials

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed an ex-governor on Sunday held captive since 2013, in a new boost to peace efforts.

Rebels free Colombian policeman held for 13 days

Estanzuela - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed a policeman after holding him captive for 13 days, in a boost to peace efforts.

Baby abducted from Pennsylvania mall found safe

King Of Prussia - Five hours after being abducted from a Philadelphia area mall and an hour after an Amber Alert was issued, seven-week old Ahsir Simmons was reunited with his family.

Boko Haram seized 300 children in second 2014 school attack: locals, HRW

Kano - Boko Haram seized hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government's response, residents told AFP on Wednesday.

10 Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines

Jakarta - Ten Indonesian sailors have been kidnapped in waters of the conflict-wracked southern Philippines by Islamic militants who have demanded a ransom for their release, authorities said Tuesday.

Cameroon doubts bomb girl's claim to be Chibok abductee

Yaound - Authorities in Cameroon on Monday poured doubt on a would-be suicide bomber's claim that she is one of the 276 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists in 2014.

Nigeria checking if would-be bomber is captured Chibok girl

Lagos - Nigeria is waiting for the green light from Cameroon to verify a would-be suicide bomber's claim that she is one of 276 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.

Kidnapped son of slain Pakistan governor found after five years

Islamabad - The kidnapped son of a liberal Pakistani governor assassinated by his bodyguard has been found after five years, senior officials said Tuesday, just over a week after his father's killer was hanged.

Swedish doctor jailed for holding woman captive in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced a doctor to 10 years in prison for drugging and kidnapping a woman he planned to keep in a specially-built soundproof bunker for years.

Kidnapped Red Cross staff freed in eastern Afghanistan

Kabul - Five Afghans working for the Red Cross were released Friday after being kidnapped earlier this week in Ghazni, the aid agency said, in an incident that saw it suspend field activities across the eastern province.
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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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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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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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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
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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Joseph Boller  18.
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 informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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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
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Nairobi News
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial  2006
Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
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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
, AFP
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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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
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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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
James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
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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