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Man shoots woman with own gun, takes child hostage

Aug. 08, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A man who forced his way into a Southern California home shot a woman with her own gun and then held her young daughter at gunpoint before surrendering to police, authorities said Monday. Erin Mauldin, 34, was arrested Sunday after he heeded orders to put...

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns 'hostage'

Aug. 06, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan...

Clarification: EU-Russia-Ukraine-War-Protest story

Aug. 05, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a story published August 5, 2022, The Associated Press reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross acted as a guarantor of the security of the military members who left a Ukrainian steel plant in May. The story should have made clear that ICRC says its...

Alabama man accused of capital murder, holding girl captive

Aug. 03, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

A man accused of abducting a 12-year-old who escaped by chewing her way out of restraints after a week in captivity at a rural mobile home was charged with killing a woman and juvenile found dismembered inside the residence, authorities said Wednesday. Already charged with...

Biden order aims to punish captors of Americans held abroad

Jul. 19, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at increasing the flow of information to families of Americans detained abroad and at imposing sanctions on the criminals, terrorists or government officials who hold them captive. It is unclear if the...

Ax-wielding man shot by police in Georgia, ending standoff

Jul. 16, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

A man with an ax who held a woman hostage inside a Hall County home in Georgia for four hours was shot by police Saturday morning. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Randy Berry, 34, was taken to the hospital for his injuries and charged with felony terrorist threats,...

Pakistani officials: Body found of second abducted hostage

Jul. 16, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Separatist insurgents in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province have killed a hostage from the family of an officer who was abducted and killed earlier this week, officials said Saturday. Baluchistan has long been the scene of a low-level...

Pakistani officials: Baluch insurgents abduct, kill officer

Jul. 14, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The body of a Pakistani army officer, abducted earlier this week by separatist insurgents disguised as security forces, was found Thursday on a remote highway in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said. Col. Laeeq Mirza was traveling...

Famed Ukrainian medic describes 'hell' of Russian captivity

Jul. 11, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The captive Ukrainian medic’s eyeglasses had long since been taken away, and the face of the Russian man walking past her was a blur. Yuliia Paievska knew only that her life was being traded for his, and that she was leaving behind 21 women in a tiny three-...

Biden tells Griner's wife he's working to get her home

Jul. 07, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday reassured the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, that he is working to win Griner's freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Cherelle Griner, who has criticized the way her wife's case has been...