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Moz police rescue kidnapped 'drug baron'

2014-12-21 17:13

Mozambique police have rescued a wealthy businessman, branded a "drug baron" by the US government, who was kidnapped in Maputo more than a month ago.

South Africans mourn slain compatriots

2014-12-12 18:33

Mourners in Bloemfontein and Pretoria have prayed and sang hymns during separate funeral services for four South Africans who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Al-Qaeda blames US for Korkie’s death

2014-12-11 14:25

Al-Qaeda has blamed US President Barack Obama for the deaths of two hostages - South African teacher Pierre Korkie and an American photojournalist - during a failed rescue attempt over the weekend.

No clarity from Dirco over Korkie's release

2014-12-09 16:02

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has failed to clarify whether her department knew that Pierre Korkie's release had been secured.

I love you, Korkie's last words to wife

2014-12-09 13:29

"I love you and tell the children I love them" - these were Pierre Korkie's last words as he held his wife Yolande for the last time while in captivity in Yemen.

Yemen knew about Korkie negotiations - GotG

2014-12-08 19:04

The government in Yemen was kept informed about the efforts to negotiate the release of Pierre Korkie, who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants, the head of the Gift of the Givers says.

Korkie made a big impact in my life - Neethling

2014-12-08 12:12

Pierre Korkie had a great influence on Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling while he studied at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

US embassy sends condolences to Korkie, Somers families

2014-12-08 10:59

The US embassy has sent its condolences to the families of Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers after they were killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen at the weekend.

Memorial service for Korkie this week - family

2014-12-08 08:38

A memorial service is set to be held this week for Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, his family says.

We want to see Korkie's body - GotG

2014-12-06 14:50

South African Pierre Korkie's body must be seen to verify his death, founder Imtiaz Sooliman says.

Korkie would have been released on Sunday - GotG

2014-12-06 12:47

South African Pierre Korkie, who was held hostage by al-Qaeda militants, has been killed, the Gift of the Givers has confirmed, saying that he would have been released on Sunday.

Top Iraq official raises alarm over kidnappings

2014-12-02 21:26

The rise in the number of kidnappings poses a greater threat to Baghdad's security than the ISIS group, top security official says.

Violent protests rage on for missing Mexicans

2014-12-02 10:25

A peaceful rally over the presumed massacre of 43 Mexican students has ended with violence in the capital, as the president's popularity sank to new lows on his second anniversary.

India believes its abducted workers in Iraq are alive

2014-11-28 12:20

The Indian government believes 39 Indian citizens abducted by ISIS near the Iraqi town of Mosul are alive.

Mass protests rage on in Mexico over students

2014-11-21 09:11

Thousands of demonstrators have marched through Mexico City and converged on the city's main square, calling for justice over the fate of 43 missing students.

Missing children printed on grocery bags in Turkey

2014-11-19 20:54

Onur Supermarkets has recently begun printing the faces of missing children on 3 million bags it hands out each month at its 76 stores in Istanbul and three other cities in western Turkey

Nigerian army recaptures Chibok, abducted girls' hometown

2014-11-16 16:40

The Nigerian army says it has recaptured and "secured" the northeastern town of Chibok, where Islamic militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

Mexico protesters burn congress building

2014-11-13 08:00

Protesters fuming over the disappearance of 43 college students have set fire to a southern Mexico state congress in another day of angry demonstrations over the presumed massacre.

Kidnapped Ukrainian doctors freed in Libya

2014-11-08 22:31

Two Ukrainian doctors kidnapped in Libya have been freed, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says.

Missing 5-year-old Soweto boy found

2014-11-03 12:49

The 5-year-old boy who was abducted, allegedly by a man and two women at the weekend, has been found at his home in Bram Fischerville, Soweto, police say.

Boko Haram says schoolgirls married

2014-11-01 12:08
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Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria have converted to Islam and have been married.

Bodies of 3 US siblings found in Mexico

2014-10-31 08:18

The bodies of three US siblings of Mexican descent believed to have been kidnapped by armed assailants have been found in Mexico's troubled Tamaulipas state, a prosecutor says.

Two Koster girls missing for a month

2014-10-30 14:26

Two girls, aged 9 and 12, from Koster in the North West have been missing for more than a month.

More bodies found in Mexico

2014-10-30 09:29

Four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamaros, near where three young Americans went missing, a Mexican state official says.

ISIS video places UK hostage in Kobane

2014-10-28 08:23

ISIS has released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town.

 

Islamists kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

2014-12-18 10:39

Boko Haram militants have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness says.

Philippine militants free Chinese-Malaysian captive

2014-12-11 15:43

Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines have freed a Malaysian-Chinese man they had kidnapped seven months ago, a military spokesperson says.

Korkie memorial this Friday

2014-12-10 08:29

The memorial service for slain teacher Pierre Korkie will be held in the Free State on Friday, a family spokesperson says.

Yolande survived captivity through Korkie

2014-12-09 14:20

It was through Pierre Korkie that his wife Yolande survived captivity in Yemen and returned home to her children.

Dad allegedly kidnaps son, 7, leaves SA

2014-12-09 11:59

Specialised Security Services says it is helping police investigate the alleged kidnap of a 7-year-old boy by his father last month when he took him on a "dad weekend" and left the country for Egypt.

Missing Mexican student identified, justice demanded

2014-12-08 14:15

The family of the first victim identified among 43 missing Mexican students has lamented the dashed dreams of the aspiring teacher, calling for justice in the case that has shocked the country.

US says it was unaware of SA hostage talks

2014-12-08 11:28

The United States didn’t know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of Pierre Korkie who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, the US ambassador to SA says.

Korkie: Dog betrayed US rescue attempt, says report

2014-12-08 09:00
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A barking dog betrayed the presence of US Seals on a mission to save Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, a report says, adding that the hostages were alive when rescued.

Condolences stream in for Korkie

2014-12-06 15:49
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Condolences are streaming in after South African Pierre Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers, who were being held hostage by Al-Qaeda militants, were killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen.

Korkie would have been home for Christmas - GotG

2014-12-06 13:11
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Al-Qaeda militants who had held South African Pierre Korkie hostage were planning to release him, the Gift of the Givers says.

Protect, promote ukuthwala - commission

2014-12-04 14:35

The practice of ukuthwala must be protected, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Communities says.

Mexico president seeks to dissolve local police forces

2014-12-02 11:34

Mexico's embattled president has unveiled sweeping reforms to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide.

US boy missing 4yrs found behind 'fake' wall

2014-11-30 10:18

A 13-year-old boy whose mother reported him missing four years ago has been found by police hidden behind a false wall in his father's Georgia home, US media say.

Korkie not among the freed hostages - GotG

2014-11-25 16:10

Kidnapped South African Pierre Korkie was not among the hostages freed by Yemeni troops, the Gift of the Givers says.

Colombian, Farc in deal to free general

2014-11-20 08:10

The Colombian government and Farc have struck a deal to free a general and several others the guerrillas are holding captive, suggesting the faltering peace process is back on track.

Honduran beauty queen still missing, 2 detained

2014-11-19 08:44

Honduran police say they have detained two men for questioning as they hunt for a beauty queen reported missing just days before she was to leave to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant.

Well known Moz 'drug kingpin' kidnapped in mall

2014-11-13 11:40

An alleged Mozambican "drug kingpin", who operates across Southern Africa and is wanted by US authorities, has reportedly been kidnapped inside his mall in Maputo.

Protesters furious over deaths of 43 missing students

2014-11-12 07:34

Mexican protesters angry at the presumed massacre of 43 students torched the ruling party's Guerrero state headquarters as demonstrations rocked President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.

Abducted US woman rescued; man arrested

2014-11-06 12:55

A woman abducted off a Philadelphia Street has been reunited with her family after she was found safe outside Baltimore, police have arrested a man suspected of grabbing her.

5-year-old 'boy abducted in Soweto

2014-11-03 07:35

A 5-year-old girl has allegedly abducted by a man and two women in Braamfischer, Soweto.

Somali pirates free Indian sailors after 4 years

2014-10-31 22:31

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group says.

Nigeria kidnappers free German

2014-10-30 15:46

Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen working for construction firm Julius Berger less than a week after they kidnapped him and killed another German citizen in a raid on their vehicles, the company says.

Parents of Mexico missing meet with president

2014-10-30 10:46

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has met with parents of 43 teachers college students for the first time since they disappeared over a month ago, when investigators say police detained the students and handed them over to a drug gang.

Mexico investigators comb gully for missing 43

2014-10-29 10:40

Forensic experts have combed a gully in southern Mexico for the remains of 43 missing students, as frustration mounted among relatives of both the disappeared and the detained over the lack of answers.

Two held for kidnap, rape

2014-10-27 22:40

Two men have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a woman outside a nightclub in Claremont, Cape Town, and raping her.

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