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Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

Oct. 17, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped. The 400 Mawozo gang...

Haiti police say US-based missionaries kidnapped by same gang that earlier seized French priests

Oct. 17, 2021 13:20 PM EDT
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti police say US-based missionaries kidnapped by same gang that earlier seized French priests.

US religious group says 17 missionaries including children kidnapped by gang in Haiti as they returned from orphanage

Oct. 17, 2021 00:13 AM EDT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — US religious group says 17 missionaries including children kidnapped by gang in Haiti as they returned from orphanage.

Ruling could block Alabama execution scheduled next week

Oct. 15, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court on Friday ordered a judge to consider a request to block an Alabama execution next week as attorneys argue the low-IQ inmate should have been given help understanding the prison paperwork that laid the groundwork for the planned lethal injection. ...

Fire at home involved in woman's kidnapping case was arson

Oct. 15, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WINDYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office has ruled that a fire at the Dallas County home of a suspect in the disappearance of a woman was a second-degree arson. The home between Lebanon and Buffalo was destroyed in a fire Oct. 4. ...

Lawyer: 'Preposterous' to blame Afghan man in US war deaths

Oct. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for an Afghan man awaiting trial in Manhattan federal court on charges that he commanded the Taliban fighters responsible in the killing of three American soldiers said Friday it was “preposterous" to charge his client in deaths that occurred in a war the U.S....

Sri Lankan court summons prosecutor in war abduction case

Oct. 15, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Friday summoned the country’s attorney general and a former navy commander to explain the prosecutor's decision not to press charges for the abduction and deaths of 11 men during the country's civil war. The families of...

South Africa arrests 56 for taking Cabinet ministers hostage

Oct. 15, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police said Friday they have arrested 56 people who will likely face charges of kidnapping after two government Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were held hostage for three hours when a meeting with military veterans of the fight against...

Trial starts in 1984 killing of girl shown on milk carton

Oct. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate on trial in the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl wasn't even remotely considered a suspect to law enforcement until his obsession with the crime and incessant visits to talk with police about it provided clues that...

University of Delaware student charged with assaulting ex

Oct. 14, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A University of Delaware student has been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend last week. University officials said the man was separated from the school Tuesday and his fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, has revoked his membership, but some students...