Somali pirates release Thai hostages held for 5 years

2015-02-27 13:29

Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, local officials say.

Cape Town girl found 17 years after kidnapping

2015-02-27 08:37

An incredible coincidence has led to a family finding their daughter 17 years after she was snatched from her sleeping mother’s arms.

6 Iranians sentenced to life for UK kidnapping

2015-02-26 09:50

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced six Iranians, three of them in absentia, to life in prison for kidnapping a British businessman who went missing in Dubai in 2013.

Kayla Mueller’s boyfriend tried to free her from ISIS

2015-02-16 15:35

Kayla Mueller was in a detention cell in Syria, face to face with her boyfriend who was posing as her husband. Had she told her captors she was married to Omar Alkhani, she might have been freed from ISIS, he says.

Obama defends ransom policy

2015-02-11 09:44

President Barack Obama says telling families of American hostages like Kayla Mueller that the US will not pay ransom for their release is "as tough as anything I do".

2 Portuguese nationals kidnapped in Mozambique

2015-02-06 08:25

Two Portuguese nationals have been kidnapped in Mozambique's capital Maputo, their embassy says.

New deadline looms in ISIS crisis

2015-01-29 14:40

Japan and Jordan are facing a new deadline for a hostage swop between Jordan and the Islamic State group.

Japan studying latest message by ISIS

2015-01-29 10:38

Japan is studying the latest message purportedly from ISIS, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the group.

Mexico: Murdered students were mistaken for rival gang

2015-01-28 09:49

The 43 Mexican students who disappeared have been murdered on the orders of a drug cartel who mistook them for members of a rival gang, the government says, finally confirming the deaths of the students.

Mexico protests continue for missing students

2015-01-27 11:01

Protesters in Mexico City are marking four months since the disappearance of 43 rural teachers' college students in southern Mexico.


Kidnap accused’s family: We grew up with the child

2015-02-27 11:02

The family of a woman accused of kidnapping a baby 17 years ago have been left shaken after the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court ruled that the suspect remain in police custody.

US-led strikes on ISIS after group seizes 220 Christians

2015-02-27 05:00

The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

Albino child kidnap sparks witch doctor ban call

2015-02-18 10:38

The abduction of an albino child in Tanzania has sparked calls for greater action to enforce a newly-imposed ban on witch doctors to stop the killing of albinos.

Boko Haram continues to kidnap hundreds of children

2015-02-12 12:51

Boko Haram continues to kidnaps hundreds of girls and boys in Nigeria, taunting their victims with stories of the abducted Chibok girls, according to a new report.

Mexican forces locate 10 kidnap victims

2015-02-09 11:22

Soldiers have located 10 people who say they were fleeing their kidnappers in the embattled state of Guerrero and arrested two suspected gang members, Mexico's government says,

Hostage killings highlight threats for Japan

2015-02-03 12:35

The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by ISIS has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances.

Japan says it trusts Jordan to help ISIS hostage

2015-01-29 12:43

Japan says it is putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by ISIS, after the latest message from ISIS.

ISIS releases new message by Japanese hostage

2015-01-29 07:35

ISIS has released a message purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda.

Japan PM: New ISIS video is despicable

2015-01-28 07:31

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a new video appearing to show Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is 'despicable', saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

ISIS deadline on Japanese captives passes

2015-01-23 19:20

Japan is still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed.

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