Hostage situations

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 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A man who held a woman hostage at Cologne's main train station also injured two other people Monday, and police said his motives weren't clear but they were investigating if he had extremist connections or beliefs. The hostage was taken to a hospital after her ordeal, but it wasn't...
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Police forces stand at the Cologne, western Germany, main station Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, after they have closed parts of the station because of a hostage situation. Police said that incident appears to have started Monday at a pharmacy inside the train station. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 9:33 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on hostage situation at Cologne train station (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Cologne police say on Twitter that a hostage-taker has suffered life-threatening injuries when police stormed a pharmacy inside the city's train station. The man had taken a woman hostage for two...
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File - In this Monday, May 22, 2017 file photo, Human rights activist Nadia Murad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. Denis Mukwege and Murad have been named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, it was announced on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
October 05, 2018 - 12:47 pm
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Nobel Peace prize co-winner Nadia Murad of Iraq says she will share her award "with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds, other persecuted minorities and all of the countless victims of sexual violence around the...
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Authorities direct traffic on Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood where several law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
October 03, 2018 - 11:07 pm
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Seven South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday, one fatally, in a confrontation with a man who held children hostage as he fired on the officers, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody and the children weren't hurt after a two-hour standoff in an...
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October 01, 2018 - 7:26 am
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency says returns home among the millions of Syrians living abroad are few, and insists that rescues on the Mediterranean Sea have been "taken hostage by politics" — and must be restored. Filippo Grandi also urged Myanmar's government to do more to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo, Houthi Shiite fighters stand guard during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the Houthis' takeover of the Yemeni capital, in Sanaa, Yemen. In a statement Monday, Sept 24, 2018, Human Rights Watch accused the Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention. HRW said United Arab Emirates forces, forces loyal to the UAE, and Yemeni government forces have also arbitrarily detained, tortured and forcibly disappeared scores of people in the Yemeni conflict. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
September 25, 2018 - 9:29 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it documented 16 cases in...
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September 12, 2018 - 5:24 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's last-remaining rebel group has freed six people it took captive last month amid demands from President Ivan Duque that it release all hostages and cease kidnapping in order for peace talks to resume. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it took part...
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August 25, 2018 - 9:18 am
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 16 children are among nearly 30 civilians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in southern Syria a month ago and are being used as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations with the Syrian government and its ally Russia, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The rights watchdog said...
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Map locates Khan Abad in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters took at least 100 people hostage; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
August 20, 2018 - 11:45 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if limited battlefield success for the troops after weeks of unrelenting insurgent attacks...
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August 05, 2018 - 1:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research...
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