Nigerians search unsafe forest for kidnapped girls

2014-04-18 08:01

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambasi Forest to search for more than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic extremists this week, an official says.

Nigeria: Principal says kidnapped girls not free

2014-04-17 11:43

The principal of a north-eastern Nigerian school says she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.

'Sex slave' arrested by cops

2014-03-29 15:56

A US woman who claims she was tricked into being a sex slave has been arrested for entering the country illegally.

Al-Qaeda still wants ransom for Korkie

2014-03-18 13:56

Al-Qaeda militants still want ransom money for the return of kidnapped South African Pierre Korkie, the Gift of the Givers Foundation says.

Family worried about kidnapped Korkie

2014-03-09 15:01

Yolande Korkie, the wife of a South African man being held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, has made another appeal to the captors to release her husband.

Drugs hidden in baby's nappy

2014-02-28 21:05

A woman has been arrested after 14 packets of the drug cat (methcathinone) were found in an allegedly abducted baby's nappy in Brakpan.

Latest Korkie deadline set to expire

2014-02-19 13:32

The 48-hour mark for progress in securing the release of South African Pierre Korkie in Yemen is about to expire, with no new developments, the Gift of the Givers foundation says.

Soweto woman kidnaps two children

2014-02-15 16:06

A woman has allegedly kidnapped two children from two different families in White City in Soweto, Gauteng police say.

No news on Korkie

2014-02-13 17:10

There is still no word from the Yemeni kidnappers of Pierre Korkie, says the Gift of the Givers.

Korkie mystery negotiator may be bogus

2014-02-09 17:15

Claims by an unknown mediator that al-Qaeda militants who kidnapped Pierre Korkie will not execute him despite their ransom deadline being missed, could be bogus.

Yolande makes final appeal for husband's release

2014-02-06 19:35

Yolande Korkie, the wife of a South African man being held hostage by al-Qaeda in Yemen, has made a final video appeal in the hopes of securing her husband's release.

US murderer escapes, kidnaps woman

2014-02-03 21:34

A man convicted of murdering four people has escaped a prison in the US, abducted a woman and fled to a neighboring state, news reports say.

Korkie's negotiator flees to Dubai

2014-01-29 18:20

A Gift of the Givers Foundation's negotiator and his family have fled Yemen after negotiations soured with al-Qaeda militants keeping an SA man hostage.

Gift of the Givers man accused of 'stealing' Korkie ransom

2014-01-26 18:56

The al-Qaeda militants holding South African Pierre Korkie hostage in Yemen, have accused Gift of the Givers' office manager in that country of "stealing" money given by Pretoria for his release.

SA hostage Korkie alive - Ebrahim

2014-01-23 14:33

The SA man held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen is alive, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim says.

No new talks with al-Qaeda kidnappers

2014-01-20 20:27

No new talks have taken place with the Yemeni kidnappers of a South African man, disaster relief organisation The Gift of the Givers Foundation says.

No news on SA hostage - NGO

2014-01-17 22:34

There has been no update on the plight of South African hostage Pierre Korkie, says disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation.

Kidnapped SA teacher freed in Yemen

2014-01-10 10:37

A South African teacher, who was kidnapped together with her husband in Yemen in May last year, has reportedly been freed.

Moz increases penalties for kidnapping

2013-12-18 10:52

Mozambique has reportedly approved a bill to increase penalties for kidnapping following a wave of abductions that have occurred in the southern African country since 2011.

100 women freed from sex slavery in Argentina

2013-11-29 08:32

Nearly 100 women forced into prostitution were freed after police in Buenos Aires closed dozens of brothels, officials say.

FBI agent now longest-held US hostage

2013-11-27 11:07

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has became the longest-held hostage in US history, with his family and US officials appealing to the new Iranian leadership for help in finding him.

Nigeria militants say they kidnapped Americans

2013-11-18 10:03

Rebels are claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and release for ransom of two American sailors off the coast of the oil-rich Niger Delta.

France: Nigerian militants trained in Mali

2013-11-14 16:36

Boko Haram, the Nigerian group recently labelled by the US as a terrorist organisation trained with al-Qaeda’s North African branch in northern Mali, France's foreign minister says.

US woman recalls forced exorcism by husband

2013-11-14 14:40

A California woman, whose husband and son are accused of kidnapping her to perform an exorcism, says they made her drink oil and told her she had devils inside her.


Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

2014-04-17 14:00

The fate of more than 100 girls abducted by Islamic extremists has been thrown into uncertainty after their school principal denied a report that almost all the students had been freed.

Joburg student found safe after kidnap

2014-04-16 11:45

A University of Johannesburg student kidnapped from the university's Soweto campus has been found unharmed. His captors initially demanded R3m from his parents.

Madeleine McCann police seeking sex attacker

2014-03-19 16:22

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region where the toddler was last seen.

Victim faints at Morocco sex trial

2014-03-12 07:38

An alleged victim of a suspected British paedophile on trial in Morocco has fainted in court as the case was adjourned for a fifth time.

Soweto woman kidnapped

2014-03-04 11:55

Seven men have kidnapped a 22-year-old woman from her house in Zola, Soweto, Gauteng police say.

Spurned lover held for kidnapping ex's child

2014-02-24 09:29

A spurned lover was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old child, Gauteng police have said.

Hunt still on for woman who kidnapped kids

2014-02-17 08:39

The search for a woman who disappeared with two Soweto children last week is still continuing, Johannesburg police have said.

AFP: Korkie mediator a credible source

2014-02-09 19:02

International news agency Agence France-Presse has stood by the credibility of a mediator who it reported had contact with al-Qaeda militants that kidnapped Pierre Korkie.

Mediator: Kidnappers will not execute Korkie

2014-02-08 16:49

Al-Qaeda militants who kidnapped a South African teacher in Yemen last year will not execute him despite their deadline for receiving R32.5m in ransom expiring, a mediator has said.

Silence ahead of Korkie ransom deadline

2014-02-04 13:05

Communication has been lost with the kidnappers of Pierre Korkie four days before al-Qaeda's ransom payment deadline, the Gift of the Givers says.

Gauteng woman kidnapped

2014-01-31 07:18

A 59-year-old woman has been kidnapped while she was on her way to the Johannesburg CBD, police say.

Kidnappers doused victim with petrol, set him alight

2014-01-29 22:04

Five men accused of kidnapping and attempted murder have appeared in the Hartbeesfontein Magistrate's Court, North West.

3 Egyptians abducted in Libya freed

2014-01-27 10:28

Two Egyptian diplomats and an embassy staff member abducted in Libya have been freed after Cairo released a Libyan militia leader who was arrested last week, officials in both countries say.

2 held for abducting, raping Eastern Cape women

2014-01-23 15:22

Two men have been arrested for allegedly abducting, robbing and raping women in and around East London.

Korkie kidnappers make contact with Gift of the Givers

2014-01-22 16:57

The al-Qaeda militants who kidnapped Pierre Korkie in Yemen have made contact with The Gift of the Givers Foundation.

Kidnapped SA man in Yemen is alive - NGO

2014-01-18 14:10

A South African man kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen is alive, disaster relief organisation The Gift of the Givers Foundation says.

Worst moment of my life - freed SA hostage

2014-01-16 18:55

Yolande Korkie's release by al-Qaeda, who kidnapped her and husband Pierre in Yemen, was one of the worst moments of her life, she says.

Search on for KZN woman linked to stolen baby

2014-01-03 14:12

A search is underway for a woman from Kilbachan in KwaZulu-Natal who is allegedly linked to the kidnapping of a 13-day-old baby boy, police say.

Dutch couple freed by abductors in Yemen

2013-12-11 08:05

A Dutch couple freed after months in captivity in Yemen say they received good treatment from their abductors as they began their trip back home.

Man pleads guilty to assaults, won't blame twin

2013-11-27 20:44

An artillery officer who planned to argue his twin was responsible for sexual assaults involving young girls in Colorado has changed his story and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Kidnapping on the rise in Mozambique

2013-11-26 08:51

Armed men have captured a Portuguese man in the Mozambican capital, police said on Monday, the latest in a series of kidnappings for ransom.

Frenchman escapes captivity in Nigeria

2013-11-18 08:49

Nigerian police say a French engineer who was kidnapped in northern Nigeria 11 months ago has escaped on a motorcycle without paying ransom and is set to fly back in France.

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon

2013-11-14 16:36

A French priest has been kidnapped in northern Cameroon, the French foreign ministry says, just months after Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram captured a French family in the same region.

Texas rapist executed

2013-11-13 16:56

A man convicted of abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991 has been put to death.

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