Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

An American Disappeared in Syria 2 Years Ago. His Family Wants Trump to Help.

BEIRUT — Since disappearing in Syria nearly two years ago, an American therapist has missed the birth of one grandchild, then another. His family in the United States does not know where he is, who is holding him, whether he has the diabetes medication he needs or even whether he […]

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Colombia Car Bombing Suspect Belonged to Rebel Group, Government Says

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The suspect in a car bombing that left 21 people dead on Thursday in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, was a member of the largest guerrilla group remaining in the country, the Colombian government said Friday. José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez, the suspect who was also killed that day, […]

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‘How Could We Not Know?’ Kidnapping Suspect Hid in Plain Sight

GORDON, Wis. — Neighbors watch one another’s homes in the winter around here. They notice when there are unfamiliar tire tracks in the snow. Most of the 34 graduates of Northwood High School’s Class of 2015 keep in touch through text message. Gordon is a tiny place, with a single […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder […]

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Jewish ‘Cult’ Tied to Brooklyn and Mexico Is Accused of Kidnapping 2 Children

One night during Hanukkah this year, two Jewish children disappeared from their home about two hours northwest of New York City. Two days later, they were with members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Mexico, according to a complaint filed in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y. A Brooklyn […]

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China’s Canadian Hostages

Three Canadian citizens being detained by China appear to have become pawns in a political impasse between the two countries and, by extension, the United States. They should be released immediately. China, already an aggressive rising power known to flout the rule of law and disregard human rights, now seems […]

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Father of Hania Aguilar, Killed at 13, Is Denied Visa for Funeral

The State Department denied a temporary visa to a Guatemalan father trying to attend the funeral on Saturday for his teenage daughter, who was kidnapped outside her North Carolina home last month and was later found dead off a rural road, the man’s lawyer said on Thursday. The father of […]

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He Got Out of Jail Because of Missing Paperwork. Then, Police Say, He Raped and Killed.

It was a simple clerical error, a missing bit of paperwork. But it had tragic consequences. Danueal Drayton was arrested earlier this year on charges that he choked an ex-girlfriend in Nassau County. By that time, he had a left a trail of similar crimes in his home state of […]

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3 Foreign Caterers Are Kidnapped and Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Three foreign catering workers were found shot dead outside the Afghan capital on Thursday after being kidnapped during their morning commute, the Afghan police said. It was the latest in a yearslong series of such attacks, this time against employees of Sodexo, a global food services company that works for several international […]

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Philippine Bombing Kills 10, Showing Insurgents Remain a Problem

MANILA — Militants detonated a car bomb at a military checkpoint on Tuesday in the southern Philippine island of Basilan, killing at least 10 people in a brazen attack that underscored the continuing insurgent threat in the southern part of the country. The attack happened as troops flagged down a van at a roadblock heading […]

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Turkish School Leader Abducted, and Released, in Mongolia

A Turkish educator in Mongolia was briefly abducted on Friday, in what appeared to be the latest episode of a global campaign by Turkey’s president to capture suspected allies of the exiled cleric accused of plotting a 2016 coup attempt. The educator, Veysel Akcay, runs a network of international schools that has been associated with […]

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Dozens of Hostages Freed From Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles; 1 Woman Is Dead

LOS ANGELES — One person was killed at a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles on Saturday, when an armed shooting suspect exchanged gunfire with the police, ran into the store and barricaded himself with hostages for about three hours, city officials said. The victim, a young woman, was fatally shot inside the store, Chief Michel […]

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Japanese Journalist, Missing in Syria Since 2015, Appears in New Video

HONG KONG — A Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria three years ago and who is believed to be a hostage of terrorists appeared in a new video aired on Japanese television on Friday. Jumpei Yasuda, a freelance reporter who often covered war zones, disappeared after traveling to Syria from Turkey in 2015, intending […]

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Nigeria Captain Played Key World Cup Match Hours After Learning His Father Was Kidnapped

John Obi Mikel, the captain of Nigeria’s World Cup soccer team, played in his team’s final, crucial match against Argentina last week hours after finding out kidnappers were holding his father hostage, he revealed on Tuesday. Mikel didn’t tell his teammates or coaches before the game, looping in just a small group of friends outside […]

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Florida Man Kills 4 Children and Himself, Ending 21-Hour Hostage Standoff

A man fatally shot four children and then himself late Monday in Orlando, Fla., capping a 21-hour standoff that began after the man shot a police officer who had responded to a domestic violence call, the authorities said. The man, Gary Lindsey Jr., 35, was discovered dead in a closet around 9 p.m. after the […]

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How Japan Might Lose Out in the Korea Talks

Japan will be all the more vulnerable if, as the government fears, the United States seeks to obtain North Korea’s agreement to freeze its intercontinental ballistic missiles program without obtaining guarantees that North Korea will also curtail its development of short- and mid-range missiles. Such an arrangement might protect the United States, but it would […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: North Korea, Trump and Human Rights

My own view is that the priority for now should be the nuclear weapons issue and that we shouldn’t make improvements in human rights a condition of those talks for fear of causing them to collapse. But I also believe that Trump can and should explain to Kim that his regime will never be fully […]

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Mexican Court Orders New Inquiry Into Disappearance of 43 Students

After four years of clinging to a version of events that few shared, the government was ordered to scrap its entire case and start over, but this time with a guarantee that the victims’ relatives and human rights advocates can direct the lines of inquiry. The disappearance of the students at a rural teacher-training college, […]

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Massachusetts Man Faces New Kidnapping Charges as Bodies of 3 Women Are Identified

A Massachusetts man charged last week with kidnapping a woman found in his car was arraigned Monday on new charges of holding another woman captive, as the authorities identified three women whose bodies were found on the property of the Springfield house where he lived. The man, Stewart Weldon, 40, has not been charged in […]

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Three Bodies Found at House Where Massachusetts Kidnapping Suspect Lived

Soon after the arrest, investigators received additional information that led them on Wednesday to start to search the house on Page Boulevard, where they believed Mr. Weldon lived. There, they found two bodies “in and around” the residence, Mr. Gulluni announced on Thursday. A third was discovered later, he said. The bodies have not yet […]

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