Jun 24, 2016

Seven Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines: Jakarta

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors. “We got confirmation of an incident of ...

Video shows foreign hostages held in Philippines

Oct 14, 2015

Video shows foreign hostages held in Philippines

Suspected Muslim militants have posted a video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippine resort. The group demands that government forces halt artillery attacks. Army Brig. Gen. Alan ...

Jul 19, 2015

Czech Foreign Ministry says five nationals are missing in Lebanon

Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Lebanese media and a security source had reported earlier Saturday that five Czech nationals were missing after their abandoned vehicle was found near Kefraya in ...

Sydney siege gunman was deluded narcissist, inquiry hears

May 25, 2015

Sydney siege gunman was deluded narcissist, inquiry hears

The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly ...

May 4, 2015

Hong Kong police hunt kidnappers who fled with ransom

Hong Kong police on Monday arrested one of six suspects who fled with millions in ransom money after a kidnapping, the city’s new police commissioner Stephen Lo said. City authorities embarked on a massive operation to hunt down six suspected kidnappers after the release ...

Apr 25, 2015

After U.S. drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized ...

Apr 14, 2015

One year on, hope fades for kidnapped Nigeria girls

A year after his daughters Amina and Zainab were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants with more than 200 other girls from their school dormitories in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Yakubu Maina fears he may never see them again. “Sometimes I cannot but think ...

Boko Haram abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, report says

Apr 14, 2015

Boko Haram abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, report says

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The human rights group’s 90-page ...