Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

Residents of New Mexico Compound Plead Not Guilty to Terror Charges

Five residents of a squalid New Mexico compound where a child was found dead last year pleaded not guilty on Thursday to terror charges that they were plotting to kill United States government officials, military personnel and F.B.I. employees. While federal authorities say the five family members were planning deadly attacks, their lawyers contend they […]

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They Go to the Desert to Hunt for Truffles. But ISIS Is Hunting Them.

BAGHDADI, Iraq — As he hunted for a seasonal delicacy, Mohaned Salah Yasseen scanned the ground intently, searching for places where the soil is cracked and slightly raised — the telltale sign a desert truffle lies below. So he failed to notice the two pickup trucks, driven by men in military uniforms, until they were […]

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Nigeria Election Results Show Apparent Victory for President Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari was poised to win on Wednesday a second term in a contest in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight, election officials finished counting the votes, making it […]

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President Buhari Wins Nigerian Election, a Referendum on Honesty

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria won a second term in an election in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight Wednesday, election officials finished counting the votes, making it apparent that […]

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American Hostage in Yemen Has Been Released, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — An American citizen who was abducted nearly 18 months ago in the Yemeni city of Sana was freed last week and has been reunited with his family, President Trump announced on Monday. Danny Lavone Burch, an engineer at a Yemeni oil company, has been “recovered and reunited with his wife and children,” Mr. […]

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The Disappeared Children of Israel

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — Ofra Mazor, 62, had been looking for her sister, Varda, for 30 years when she submitted her DNA samples to the Israeli genealogy company MyHeritage in 2017. Her mother, Yochevet, who is now deceased, said that she got to breast-feed her sister only once after giving birth to her in an […]

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John Cantlie, Photographer Held by ISIS for 6 Years, Is Still Alive, U.K. Says

LONDON — John Cantlie, a British journalist who was abducted in Syria by the Islamic State, is believed to be still alive after more than six years in captivity, a British government official said on Tuesday. Mr. Cantlie has been seen in several propaganda videos made by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or […]

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Trump’s Border Wall for Asylum Seekers

Every day, the same scene plays out in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. Mixed into the flow of students, commuters and travelers are asylum-seeking families, arriving at their final destination, the entrance to the United States port of entry. The families drop the required 4 pesos into the turnstile to begin their walk […]

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Jayme Closs, Who Saved Herself From a Kidnapper, Will Get $25,000 in Reward Money

Soon after Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared in Wisconsin in October, officials offered a $50,000 reward for information that would lead to her safe return. Now Jayme, who escaped from a kidnapper after she was abducted and her parents were killed, will receive at least half of it. That $25,000 was donated by Hormel Foods, the […]

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An American Disappeared in Syria 2 Years Ago. His Family Wants Trump to Help.

BEIRUT — Since disappearing in Syria nearly two years ago, an American therapist has missed the birth of one grandchild, then another. His family in the United States does not know where he is, who is holding him, whether he has the diabetes medication he needs or even whether he is still alive. They have […]

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British Officials Worried About Angering Trump Over ISIS Captives

WASHINGTON — Top British officials confronted a dilemma last spring. Should they offer to help the United States prosecute two British nationals accused of abusing hostages as part of an Islamic State cell in Syria? Or would the conditions of their proposal scare off the Trump administration and worsen relations? In an internal debate over […]

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Colombia Car Bombing Suspect Belonged to Rebel Group, Government Says

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The suspect in a car bombing that left 21 people dead on Thursday in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, was a member of the largest guerrilla group remaining in the country, the Colombian government said Friday. José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez, the suspect who was also killed that day, was part of the National […]

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‘How Could We Not Know?’ Kidnapping Suspect Hid in Plain Sight

GORDON, Wis. — Neighbors watch one another’s homes in the winter around here. They notice when there are unfamiliar tire tracks in the snow. Most of the 34 graduates of Northwood High School’s Class of 2015 keep in touch through text message. Gordon is a tiny place, with a single convenience store, and until last […]

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Jayme Closs Targeted Her at a School Bus Stop, Authorities Say

BARRON, Wis. — The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents told investigators that he had spotted 13-year-old Jayme getting onto a school bus last fall and decided then that “that was the girl he was going to take,” according to court documents released Monday. The man, Jake Patterson, 21, was charged […]

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Suspect in Jayme Closs Case Targeted Her at a School Bus Stop, Authorities Say

BARRON, Wis. — The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents told investigators that he had spotted 13-year-old Jayme getting onto a school bus last fall and decided then that “that was the girl he was going to take,” according to court documents released Monday. The man, Jake Patterson, 21, was charged […]

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For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder and kidnapping, the authorities announced […]

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Human Rights Advocate Under Fire in Case of Arab Princess Who Claimed Abduction

LONDON — Mary Robinson, a world-renowned human rights advocate, stepped into the strange affair of an Arab princess this week, and found herself accused of giving political cover to rights abuses by the royal family of Dubai. The case involves Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, who left the Gulf emirate […]

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