Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

Residents of New Mexico Compound Plead Not Guilty to Terror Charges

Five residents of a squalid New Mexico compound where a child was found dead last year pleaded not guilty on Thursday to terror charges that they were plotting to kill United States government officials, military personnel and F.B.I. employees. While federal authorities say the five family members were planning deadly attacks, their lawyers contend they […]

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Nigeria Election Results Show Apparent Victory for President Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari was poised to win on Wednesday a second term in a contest in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight, election officials finished […]

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President Buhari Wins Nigerian Election, a Referendum on Honesty

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria won a second term in an election in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight Wednesday, election officials finished counting the […]

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American Hostage in Yemen Has Been Released, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — An American citizen who was abducted nearly 18 months ago in the Yemeni city of Sana was freed last week and has been reunited with his family, President Trump announced on Monday. Danny Lavone Burch, an engineer at a Yemeni oil company, has been “recovered and reunited with […]

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The Disappeared Children of Israel

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — Ofra Mazor, 62, had been looking for her sister, Varda, for 30 years when she submitted her DNA samples to the Israeli genealogy company MyHeritage in 2017. Her mother, Yochevet, who is now deceased, said that she got to breast-feed her sister only once after giving […]

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John Cantlie, Photographer Held by ISIS for 6 Years, Is Still Alive, U.K. Says

LONDON — John Cantlie, a British journalist who was abducted in Syria by the Islamic State, is believed to be still alive after more than six years in captivity, a British government official said on Tuesday. Mr. Cantlie has been seen in several propaganda videos made by the Islamic State, […]

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Trump’s Border Wall for Asylum Seekers

Every day, the same scene plays out in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. Mixed into the flow of students, commuters and travelers are asylum-seeking families, arriving at their final destination, the entrance to the United States port of entry. The families drop the required 4 pesos into the […]

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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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