Kidnapping

Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The U.S. must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling “hard truths” about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government’s position on ransom payments to captors, according to a new report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 24, 2019 - 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling "hard truths" to loved ones about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government's position on ransom payments to captors, according to a report by a...
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June 24, 2019 - 5:57 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot army captain has tearfully apologized to the families of seven foreign women and girls for the "unjust pain" he has caused them after pleading guilty to a dozen charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping. Reading from a prepared statement, the suspect, Nicholas...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Salem, Oregon, Police Department shows Karissa Alyn Fretwell and her 3-year-old son William "Billy" Fretwell. Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Monday, June 17, 2019 that “really good detective work” led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell Saturday in a wooded area northwest of Salem. They hadn’t been heard from since May 13. The boy’s biological father Michael Wolfe has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder. (Salem Police Department via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 5:45 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son have been found more than a month after they vanished, hidden in a forest where the boy's father cut wood, authorities said Monday. "Really good detective work" led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell...
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June 15, 2019 - 7:31 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan officials say at least 10 police officers are dead after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near the Somali border in a suspected extremist attack. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 2:33 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — As Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her, defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death...
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Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen and U.S. permanent resident, who was released in Tehran after nearly four years in jail on charges of spying, flashes victory signs upon his arrival at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Zakka a Lebanese businessman was allowed to fly to Lebanon, a development that comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
June 11, 2019 - 3:08 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to "kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial," adding that his release served to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In...
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Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, speaks with Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen and permanent U.S. resident who was released in Tehran after nearly four years in jail on charges of spying, upon his arrival at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Zakka who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and was on his way back to his native Lebanon on Tuesday, a development that comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
June 11, 2019 - 12:31 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the case of a U.S. permanent resident released after being imprisoned for years in Iran (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was released from Iran following several years imprisonment says he was subjected...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. The trial of an ex-University of Illinois grad charged with killing a Chinese scholar is the first federal death-penalty trial in Illinois since it abolished the death penalty and some activists aren't happy about it. Former Gov. George Ryan, who took the first step toward abolishing the state's death penalty by placing a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000, a year after the state's last execution, said the federal decision to hold a death penalty trial there subverted the will of the majority of the residents. The trial in which openings are set for Wednesday, June 12, highlights the rarity of such cases. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
June 10, 2019 - 4:58 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the...
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June 06, 2019 - 7:58 am
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Authorities in Ghana say two Canadians on an exchange program have been abducted. Police and local media say the two were attending Kumasi Technical University in the West African country's second-largest city. Guillaume Berube, spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, told The...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 6:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge began vetting would-be jurors Monday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois physics student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 29, looked on in a dress shirt from a defense table as the...
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