Filipino nurses feared kidnapped in Libya are safe

Mar 17, 2015

Filipino nurses feared kidnapped in Libya are safe

The Philippine government said Tuesday that four Filipino nurses reported to have been kidnapped from a Libyan hospital by militants from an Islamic State group affiliate were actually taken to a safe place by a friend and were not abducted. The Philippine Embassy in ...

Mar 10, 2015

U.N. expert wants North Korea to answer for decades of abductions

A United Nations human rights investigator is recommending an international strategy to press North Korea to clarify the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted over decades, mainly from Japan and South Korea. Marzuki Darusman, an independent expert, laid out the strategy in ...

Canadian church says its leader seized in North Korea

Mar 6, 2015

Canadian church says its leader seized in North Korea

North Korea has detained the head pastor of one of Canada’s largest congregations who went missing during a regular humanitarian mission last month, a church spokeswoman said. The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, from the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was last ...

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Feb 22, 2015

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott foreshadowed tighter immigration controls on Sunday when he released the first report into a siege last December in Sydney’s Lindt cafe, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed. The legal system “had let the country down,” Abbott ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...