Hostage situations

June 12, 2019 - 11:53 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian police say a private circus owner has released a bear from a cage after a standoff with police trying to take the animal away. Authorities wanted the bear confiscated for many violations, most recently because it was kept in temperatures reaching 30 degrees...
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This booking image provided by the Yakama Nation shows James Cloud, who was charged along with Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud, with assault with a deadly weapon, for actions related to pointing a gun at a child. According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Yakima, Wash., they were identified by witnesses as having shot and killed several people on Saturday, June 8, 2016, the documents state. However, it was unclear if they would be charged with the killings. (Yakama Nation/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)
June 11, 2019 - 8:19 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A homeowner told law officers that two men linked to the killing of five people on an American Indian reservation in Washington state approached his residence and briefly took a child hostage at gunpoint while demanding car keys to make their escape, court documents said. The...
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This photo provided Friday May 10, 2019 by the French army shows navy soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, left, and Alain Bertoncello. Two French soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the U.S., France and South Korea who were kidnapped in neighboring Benin. (French Army via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 3:03 pm
PARIS (AP) — Two French special forces officers were killed Friday in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the United States, France and South Korea who were kidnapped in neighboring Benin, French officials. Four "terrorists" also were killed...
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May 07, 2019 - 3:44 pm
PARIS (AP) — A 17-year-old gunman took four hostages in a convenience store on the outskirts of the southern French city of Toulouse for more than four hours before releasing them Tuesday, police said. Authorities weren't certain of what the hostage taker was demanding. No injuries were reported...
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This undated photo provided on Monday, April 15, 2019, by International Committee of the Red Cross shows Syrian driver Nabil Bakdounes. New Zealand's foreign minister has confirmed a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The collapse of ISIS has raised hopes Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers, Nabil Bakdounes and Alaa Rajab, kidnapped with her might now be discovered. (International Committee of the Red Cross via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 12:34 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee...
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This undated photo released by International Committee of the Red Cross, the organization's New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi. New Zealand's foreign minister has confirmed the nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Akavi, now 62, is unknown but her employer, the International Committee of the Red Cross, says it has received recent eyewitness reports suggesting she might be alive. (International Committee of the Red Cross via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now...
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Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda
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April 08, 2019 - 2:18 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued an American woman and her driver who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. The two "are in good health" and "in the safe hands" of security officials, police said in a Twitter update. Although authorities provided no...
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This undated photo provided by Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Armed Forces of the Philippines Saturday, April 6, 2019, shows the island where an Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants was rescued by Philippine troops on Friday, April 5 in Sulu province in southern Philippines. Officials said Saturday, an Indonesian hostage swam his way to freedom but another drowned while a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping. (WESMINCOM Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 9:06 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines swam his way to freedom but another drowned, and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping, officials said Saturday. The two Indonesians and the Malaysian separately escaped while Philippine...
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Jake Patterson appears for a hearing at the Barron County Justice Center, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Barron, Wis. Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
March 27, 2019 - 11:22 pm
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial. Jake Patterson, 21, sniffled and his...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of captivity, rape and abuse deep in China. A human rights group says the governments in Myanmar and China are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery. (AP Photo/Esther Htusan, File)
March 21, 2019 - 12:40 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into...
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