Hostage situations

Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.
November 07, 2018 - 12:14 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday. The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near...
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The external view of the post office in Pieve Modolena, near Reggio Emilia, Italy, where Francesco Amato, days after receiving a 19-year jail term for a Mafia conviction, took 5 employees hostage wielding a knife, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The man later freed the hostages and was arrested by police. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
November 05, 2018 - 12:27 pm
ROME (AP) — A knife-wielding man upset about a 19-year jail term in a Mafia case held several post office employees hostage in northern Italy for nearly eight hours Monday before surrendering to authorities, police said. The hostage-taker "opened the door, slowly let the hostages out," then...
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Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda is interviewed in a flight from Turkey to Japan Oct. 25, 2018. Yasuda returned to Tokyo on Thursday after being freed from more than three years of captivity in Syria. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 25, 2018 - 11:01 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist returned to Tokyo on Thursday after being freed from more than three years of captivity in Syria, and was greeted at the airport with hugs from his wife and his favorite handmade rice balls from his mother. Jumpei Yasuda was released in Syria on Tuesday and taken...
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In this image released by the Hatay governorate in Turkey, Jumpei Yasuda of Japan, talks in Antakya, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Japan confirmed Wednesday that a man freed from Syria is the Japanese freelance journalist Yusuda, who was kidnapped three years ago by al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known at the time as the Nusra Front, and said he appears to be in good health. (Antakya Governorate via AP)
October 24, 2018 - 8:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese freelance journalist who was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria said Wednesday he is safe in neighboring Turkey. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Japanese Embassy officials met with the journalist, Jumpei Yasuda, at an immigration center in...
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, right, address the media in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, following talks on security and Russia's hostile activity, and announced that Poland has awarded Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, imprisoned in Russia, for his opposition to Russia's seizure of the Crimea Peninsula. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 23, 2018 - 12:56 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has honored a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia on charges of plotting acts of terrorism for his defense of Ukrainians held captive in Russia. Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Tuesday he has bestowed the eighth annual Pro Dignitate Humana (For Human...
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October 20, 2018 - 3:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. The women...
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October 16, 2018 - 12:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — France's president on Tuesday announced the release of a French citizen held hostage in Yemen for more than four months. President Emmanuel Macron congratulated all those who contributed to the release of Alain Goma, who will be back in France soon. French media reported that the 54-...
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Special police operate outside the Cologne, western Germany, train station Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Cologne police closed parts of the western German city’s main train station after a man took a woman hostage in a pharmacy inside. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 11:08 am
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city's main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday. Criminal police investigation leader Klaus-Stephan Becker told...
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October 16, 2018 - 9:25 am
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, the global aid organization confirmed on Tuesday. "It's utterly devastating that we have to write...
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October 15, 2018 - 4:42 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, Nigeria's government said late Monday. The statement did not say which of the two abducted health...
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