Hostage situations

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a man holds an young girl who has been rescued from the Islamic State group in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra, after she arrived with others liberated hostages to the southern province of Sweida, Syria, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Islamic State group militants shot and killed two children during an operation to liberate a group of hostages from southern Syria that were being held by the extremist group since July, a father and activists said Friday. (SANA via AP)
November 09, 2018 - 8:35 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants shot and killed two children during an operation to liberate a group of hostages from southern Syria that were being held by the extremist group since July, a father and activists said Friday. Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida whose wife,...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows women and children who has been liberated from the Islamic State group in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze minority, state media reported today. (SANA via AP)
November 08, 2018 - 12:41 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a months-long crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze religious minority, state media reported Thursday. An opposition...
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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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