US woman held hostage by IS in Syria

2014-08-27 05:56

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative says.

Mexico increases number of missing to 22 322

2014-08-22 08:21

Revising its calculation upward, the Mexico government now says 22 322 people are reported missing since 2006.

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in Nigeria

2014-08-15 13:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, leading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses say.

Search continues for kidnapped Reiger Park boy

2014-08-09 08:21

A search is under way for a male last seen with a kidnapped 3-year-old in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park.

Maltese worker kidnapped in Libya freed

2014-07-29 15:29

A Maltese worker who was abducted by Libyan rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli has been freed and arrived home safely in Valletta, authorities say.

Search continues for kidnapped woman

2014-07-28 07:21

Gauteng police say they have still not found a 21-year-old Johannesburg woman who was allegedly abducted last week, with kidnappers demanding R30 000 for her return.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 11:48

At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have died from stress and attacks, as their hometown, Chibok, continues to be under siege from Boko Haram militants, residents say.

Zuma calls for safe return of child

2014-07-20 09:58

President Jacob Zuma is calling on the public to help police find a child who went missing when his father's car was hijacked.

Kidnappings: Jonathan blasts activists

2014-07-16 07:40

Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan has accused activists of playing politics, saying they cancelled a meeting between him and family members of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Malala pledges to help free Nigerian girls

2014-07-14 13:01

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.

Malala in Nigeria for abducted girls

2014-07-13 21:04

Pakistani schoogirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, has held meetings with the parents of some of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Nigeria: 'Good news' soon on kidnapped girls

2014-07-09 05:49

Nigeria's National Council of State is promising to deliver "some good news" very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months.

Over 60 women, girls escape abductors in Nigeria

2014-07-07 05:48

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources say, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held.

Christian leader appeals for missing Iraq nuns

2014-07-05 16:30

Iraq's most senior Christian leader has appealed for the release of two nuns and three orphans who have been missing for several days in militant-held areas of northern Nineveh province.

US reduces Nigeria abducted girls search

2014-06-27 22:32

The United States has reduced its surveillance flights to help find more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants after building a base body of intelligence.

Nigerian probes possible mass kidnapping

2014-06-24 16:46

Nigerian security forces are investigating a possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno where Boko Haram Islamist militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago.

Bangladesh sailors finally home after kidnapping

2014-06-12 14:41

Seven Bangladeshi sailors, held hostage by Somali pirates for almost four years have finally returned home, saying it was 'unbelievable' to be alive and describing their ordeal as 'like hell'.

Kidnappings: 20 Nigerian women remain missing

2014-06-10 10:58

At least 20 Nigerian young women remain missing after they were abducted by gunmen near Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists nearly two months ago.

Nigeria: Mothers weep in agony for lost daughters

2014-06-06 08:44

Nigerian mothers have wept in agony as they recounted the pain of separation from their daughters who were kidnapped nearly two months ago by Boko Haram militants.

Mom of kidnapped schoolgirl says feels like dying

2014-06-05 09:08

A distressed mother of one of the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls has expressed her anguish, saying her suffering is intense and called on the government to do more to rescue the girls.

Man appears for keeping family captive

2014-06-04 08:18

A man accused of assaulting and keeping his wife and five children captive in his Springs home will appear in the Springs Magistrate's Court.

Woman nabbed for kidnapping in PMB

2014-06-03 14:51

A woman who allegedly abducted a baby boy two months ago has been arrested in Pietermaritzburg after the child’s mother saw her in a mall.

10 generals guilty of aiding Boko Haram - report

2014-06-03 13:07

At least 10 Nigerian generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, a report says.

Cameroon troops take on Boko Haram

2014-06-03 08:47

Cameroon authorities have deployed military forces to the far north region to counter Boko Haram Islamists in the wake of bloody raids and a series of kidnappings of foreigners.

'Bring Back Our Girls' protests banned in Nigeria's capital

2014-06-03 05:00

Protests by supporters of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been banned in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, police say.


German kidnapped by IS released in Syria

2014-08-24 14:18

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

New York couple held in girls' kidnapping

2014-08-16 09:37

A New York couple has been arrested in the kidnappings of two young sisters from their family’s roadside farm stand that led to a manhunt along the US-Canada border.

MEC shocked at Reiger Park boy kidnapping

2014-08-09 23:02

Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says she was shocked by the kidnapping of a three-year-old in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park.

Toddler kidnapped in Reiger Park

2014-08-08 11:50

A 3-year-old boy has allegedly been kidnapped near his home in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park, Gauteng police say.

Kidnapped woman still missing - police

2014-07-29 10:35

Gauteng police say they are still searching for a 21-year-old woman from Vlakfontein who was allegedly kidnapped last week.

Man arrested for kidnapping, rape

2014-07-24 21:15

Gauteng police have arrested a man in Dube in connection with two kidnapping cases and a rape case.

Mom of boy taken in hijacking overjoyed at return

2014-07-21 14:27

The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a hijacking almost a week ago says she is overjoyed that her son had been found unharmed.

Kidnapped women, kids sex slaves in DRC

2014-07-17 05:00

Women and children are being kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Malala asks Jonathan to meet girls' parents

2014-07-14 22:10

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago.

Boko Haram demands fighters swap for girls

2014-07-14 11:38

A new video shows the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram crowning over the recent victories including two explosions at a fuel depot in Lagos that the government tried to cover up.

'Vigilantes' in court for kidnapping, assault

2014-07-10 22:35

Fifteen alleged vigilantes have appeared in the Acornhoek Magistrate's Court, Mpumalanga, on charges of kidnapping and assault.

Nigerian kidnapped girls 'in good health, well fed'

2014-07-08 11:40

An audio report has emerged where a member of Nigerian militants Boko Haram says the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group in April are in "good health" and are "well fed".

3 foreigners kidnapped in Libya

2014-07-06 13:52

A Libyan security official says three foreigners, including an Italian man, have been kidnapped in the western town of Zuwara.

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

2014-06-29 17:06

Witnesses say suspected Islamic extremists have sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Girls as young as 3 abducted in Nigeria

2014-06-25 09:11

The latest Nigerian kidnappings have seen girls as young at three being abducted by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, a report says.

At least 91 kidnapped from Nigerian villages

2014-06-24 11:28

Witnesses say Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women from villages in northeast Nigeria. Thirty-one boys have also abducted from the same area.

McCann searches turn up no evidence

2014-06-12 13:54

Searches of land around the Portuguese resort where British youngster Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007 have turned up no evidence relating to her disappearance, Scotland Yard say.

Nigerian army voices security fears over newspapers

2014-06-06 14:53

Nigeria’s military says it has begun searching vehicles carrying newspapers and newsprint because of security concerns, denying the move is an effort to muzzle media critics.

Boko Haram slaughters hundreds in Nigeria

2014-06-05 13:34

Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers have slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in north-eastern Nigeria despite villagers' pleas to military for help, witnesses say.

Hostage appeals in video for negotiated release

2014-06-04 08:49

A video of French hostage Serge Lazarevic, appealing to France’s president Francoise Hollande to negotiate his release after two years in captivity in Sahara, has been aired by Dubai-based Akhbar Al Aan TV.

Nigerian cops retract ban on schoolgirls protests

2014-06-04 07:41

Nigerian police say protesters are free to march in the capital Abuja, after an uproar over comments by the police commissioner in which he appeared to ban demonstrations over more than 200 missing girls.

Nigerian 'professional' kidnapper held as he flees to SA

2014-06-03 13:59

A "professional" Nigerian kidnapper has reportedly been arrested after boarding a plane to South Africa in an attempt to flee his criminal past.

Nigeria: Has Boko Haram won the upper hand?

2014-06-03 09:40

The violent killings have not stopped. After yet another bloody weekend, Nigerians bury more than 100 dead. President Goodluck Jonathan seems helpless in the face of Boko Haram.

Protests: Nigeria activists challenge 'illegal' ban

2014-06-03 07:39

Activists have vowed to challenge the "illegal" move by Nigerian police to ban protests in the capital Abuja by supporters of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants.

Police prepare for search in Madeleine McCann case

2014-06-02 12:35

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have cordoned off an area of scrubland near where the British girl vanished seven years ago.

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