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Pakistani police search for gunmen who abducted bus passengers and killed 10 in the southwest

Apr. 12, 2024 20:27 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police are searching for gunmen who killed eight people after abducting them from a bus on a highway in the country’s southwest, a police official said Saturday, Earlier, the same attackers killed two people and wounded six in another car they forced to stop. ...

Jury convicts Memphis, Tennessee, man of raping a woman a year before jogger’s killing

Apr. 12, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been found guilty of raping a woman a year before he was charged with kidnapping and killing a school teacher who was on an early morning run. A jury in Memphis convicted 40-year-old Cleotha Abston of kidnapping and raping the woman in...

10 years after Chibok, Nigerian families cope with the trauma of more school kidnappings

Apr. 11, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — His weak body stood in the doorway, exhausted and covered in dirt. For two years, the boy had been among Nigeria’s ghosts, one of at least 1,500 schoolchildren and others seized by armed groups and held for ransom. But paying a ransom didn't work for...

A film in Nigeria remembers the Chibok girls abducted 10 years ago, and unites heartbroken families

Apr. 05, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Not a day goes by without Lawan Zanna remembering his daughter Aisha in prayers. She was among the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped 10 years ago when Islamic extremists broke into their school in northeastern Nigeria’s Chibok village. “It makes me so angry to...

Mexican cartel not only forced vendors to buy chicken at inflated prices, they sold them bad birds

Apr. 03, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican drug cartel not only forced vendors to buy chicken at wildly inflated prices — they sold them chicken “not fit for human consumption,” investigators concluded this week. Prosecutors in the State of Mexico this week concluded a monthslong...

Video shows California deputies fatally shooting abducted teen as she surrenders

Apr. 02, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teenage girl who had been kidnapped by her father was following a sheriff's deputy's instructions and appeared to be surrendering when other deputies fatally shot her during a gun battle on a Southern California highway, according to recently released video and audio. ...

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

Apr. 01, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport underage girls across state lines in what authorities say was a yearslong scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children. Samuel Bateman also...

Dutch police say people are being held hostage in a building in the central town of Ede

Mar. 30, 2024 05:42 AM EDT
EDE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say people are being held hostage in a building in the central town of Ede.

Mob in Mexico brutally beats suspected kidnapper to death hours before Holy Week procession

Mar. 29, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

TAXCO, Mexico (AP) — A mob in the Mexican tourist city of Taxco brutally beat a woman to death Thursday because she was suspected of kidnapping and killing a young girl, rampaging just hours before the city’s famous Holy Week procession. The mob formed after an 8-year-old girl...

Japan's leader seeks a meeting with North Korea and an end to deflation, to boost public support

Mar. 28, 2024 09:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reiterated Thursday his determination to work toward a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to realize the return of Japanese people believed abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s. “I remain committed to...