Hostage situations

FILE - In this Mar. 28, 2001 file photo, Foreign Minister Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru, speaks to reporters during a pause in the session of the annual meeting of ministers from the Latin American Group of Rio and the European Union in Santiago, Chile. The former UN Secretary Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has died in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin, File)
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March 04, 2020 - 11:45 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the two-term United Nations secretary-general who brokered a historic cease-fire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 and who in later life came out of retirement to help re-establish democracy in his Peruvian homeland, died Wednesday. He was 100. His son,...
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Police take hostage taker Archie Paray into custody as he speaks to media shortly after releasing all his hostages at the V-Mall in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 2, 2020. Officials say Paray, a recently dismissed security guard, has released his hostages and walked out of the shopping mall, ending a daylong hostage crisis. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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March 02, 2020 - 9:04 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A recently dismissed security guard freed his hostages and walked out of a shopping mall in the Philippine capital on Monday, ending a daylong hostage crisis in an upscale commercial district near the police and military headquarters, officials said. The former guard at...
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February 28, 2020 - 11:48 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had appealed for help life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day. The Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier this month...
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In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 photo, Buddhist monk Phra Manaswin gestures as he explains a shooting rampage he witnessed at Wat Pa Sattharuam Buddhist temple in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The secluded temple complex in the northeastern Thai province had opened its gates for Buddha Day, allowing in dozens of devotees, when a rogue soldier from the neighboring Army base roared through in a stolen Humvee, fatally shooting nine people, including a 13-year-old boy, and injuring more. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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February 11, 2020 - 7:45 am
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — A rogue soldier whose rampage left 29 people dead and dozens more injured in northeastern Thailand terrorized a Buddhist temple on his way to a shopping mall where he held people hostage in a nearly 16-hour siege. The peaceful seclusion of the Wat Pa Sattharuam...
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February 06, 2020 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated group, a U.S. official said Thursday, and authorities are working to rescue him. U.S. officials believe Mark Frerichs of Lombard, Illinois, was kidnapped by the Haqqani network, according to an official...
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January 09, 2020 - 12:06 pm
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to charges...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007, left, gets a hug from Babak Namazi, right, the son of Baquer Namazi who has been held in Iran, following their testimony before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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January 07, 2020 - 9:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad, but the prospect of...
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This booking photo provided by the Rockford, Ill., Police Department shows Nicholas August, 39, who was charged Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he entered a Rockford, Ill., bank on Friday, took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her during a standoff with police. (Rockford Police Department via AP)
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January 04, 2020 - 11:41 am
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man armed with a pellet gun who took a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank sexually assaulted her before surrendering to authorities following a six-hour standoff, police said Saturday. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail...
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December 23, 2019 - 7:19 am
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Authorities searched Monday for four Chinese crew members who were taken hostage by pirates in speedboats off Gabon's capital over the weekend. Government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou confirmed Sunday that four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were...
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December 13, 2019 - 1:55 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd. said in a statement that the...
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