Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

The Case of Thailand’s Disappearing Dissidents

At 4:45 a.m. on July 8, a man wearing black and a mask broke into my apartment in Kyoto. He walked into my bedroom, attacked me and my partner with a chemical spray and escaped. Nothing was stolen. The Japanese police arrived quickly. The investigation is ongoing; the perpetrator has not been apprehended. No official […]

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U.S. Takes Custody of British ISIS Detainees Who Abused Hostages

WASHINGTON — The American military has taken custody of two British detainees notorious for their roles in an Islamic State cell that tortured and killed Western hostages, removing them from a wartime prison in northern Syria run by a Kurdish-led militia, according to United States officials. The abrupt move came as the Turkish military moved […]

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California Man Is Convicted of Cyberstalking Parkland Victims’ Families

A California man was convicted on Tuesday of cyberstalking and threatening to kidnap relatives of those killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., federal prosecutors said. The man, Brandon Michael Fleury, was found guilty of three counts of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting a kidnapping threat, […]

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British Man and His Wife Are Abducted in Philippines, Police Say

MANILA — A British businessman and his Filipino wife have been abducted in the southern Philippines, where Islamic militants have been known to seize foreigners and missionaries for ransom, the police and the military said on Saturday. The couple, Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and Welma Paglinawan-Hyrons, were taken Friday night by six unidentified gunmen from […]

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Egypt Kidnaps Even Those It Is Detaining

ImageAnti-government protesters in Cairo on Sept. 21.CreditNariman El-Mofty/Associated Press CAIRO — My last text exchange with the Egyptian activist and software programmer Alaa Abd El Fattah was Saturday morning, less than 24 hours before he was kidnapped by government security agents. We shared messages about our personal relationships and made a plan to spend Monday […]

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She Disappeared From a Playground. Fears of Kidnapping and ICE Followed.

BRIDGETON, N.J. — A mother refused to let her 13-year-old daughter walk alone to the convenience store just two minutes away. A father barricaded his front porch with chairs to stop his daughter from wandering down to play on the sidewalk. Another mother snapped at her two-year-old son every time he waddled over to their […]

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Hundreds of Chained Men and Boys Are Rescued in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria — The Nigerian police have rescued more than 300 men and boys who were chained and starving in a building believed to be an Islamic school in the northern city of Kaduna, in what a police official on Friday described as a case involving human slavery. Many of the captives were children who […]

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Iran Holds Our Families Hostage

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Before his departure from Iran, he complained about the “unjust and oppressive actions” that have been carried out against Iran and described his visit to the General Assembly as “an opportunity to state and explain the views of nations, […]

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After Fleeing North Korea, Women Get Trapped as Cybersex Slaves in China

VIENTIANE, Laos — For more than two years, Lee Jin-hui, 20, was never allowed to leave a three-room apartment in northeast China. Seven days a week, she had to sit at a computer from noon to 5 a.m., performing sex acts before a webcam for male clients, mostly from South Korea. In the apartment, Ms. […]

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Fugitive Couple Wanted on Murder Charges Are Captured in Arizona After Hiding for 16 Days

What Blane and Susan Barksdale had been doing since Aug. 26 is still somewhat of a mystery. But law enforcement officials said that a tip this week finally led them on Wednesday night to the Arizona couple, murder suspects who had hunkered down in a remote outpost in the Tonto National Forest called Punkin Center. […]

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Every Parent’s Nightmare: A Teenage Girl and an Uber Driver With His Own Plan

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It was late on a Friday night in a Long Island beach town, and a 15-year-old girl was trying to get home from a party. So, like many teenagers in similar situations, she got in an Uber. The ride-sharing […]

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Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare

PENDJARI NATIONAL PARK, Benin — As a safari guide in a sprawling wilderness preserve in West Africa, Fiacre Gbédji often seemed no different from the tourists in his care: He gushed at each lion sighting and thrilled at each bushbuck he spotted through the trees. But when Mr. Gbédji and two French tourists he was […]

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Wife of American Imprisoned in Iran Cites ASAP Rocky in Plea for Trump’s Help

WASHINGTON — The wife of an American held for three years in an Iranian prison appealed to President Trump on Thursday to help secure her husband’s release, invoking Mr. Trump’s recent assistance to another detainee navigating a foreign justice system: ASAP Rocky. The wife, Hua Qu, said she has seen no progress on the case […]

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Yeshiva Student Found Stabbed to Death in West Bank

JERUSALEM — A yeshiva student and aspiring soldier was found stabbed to death in the West Bank early Thursday, setting off a large-scale hunt for the assailant by the Israeli Army, which was treating the killing as a terrorist attack. The army sent in reinforcements and canceled all furloughs for troops stationed in Judea and […]

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She Thought He Would Kill Her. Then She Complimented His Orchids.

After she regained consciousness, among the first things Nathalie Birli noticed were the orchids. Their delicacy and color stood out amid the chaos and grime dominating the dim room where she sat, bound and alone with a man who was threatening to kill her. Hours earlier, she had been transformed in seconds from happy new […]

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50 States of True Crime

ImageCreditRoss MacDonald From the safety of your armchair, lose yourself in some classic — and completely terrifying — real-life stories of murder, mayhem, corruption, arson and robbery. Alabama Bryan Stevenson, “Just Mercy” This memoir of an activist lawyer is essentially “the story of Walter McMillian, whom Stevenson began representing in the late 1980s when he […]

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Romania’s Police Chief Fired After Officers Took 19 Hours to Respond to Kidnapped Girl’s Calls

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s national police chief and two county officials have been fired after the authorities took 19 hours to respond to the emergency calls of a kidnapped 15-year-old girl who has disappeared and is feared dead. The case set off national outrage, with hundreds of people gathering outside the suspect’s house to protest […]

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Indian Court Convicts 6 Hindus in Rape and Murder of Muslim Girl, 8

NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday convicted six men over the kidnap, rape and murder of a Muslim nomadic girl last year, bringing to a close a case that gripped India and reflected bitter religious divisions. After a closed trial, the men, who included police officials, were handed sentences ranging from five years […]

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