Latest Hostage situations News

New Zealand, Red Cross at odds over naming captive nurse

Apr. 16, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee of the...

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

Apr. 15, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is...

US to start warning travelers about kidnapping risk abroad

Apr. 10, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of being kidnapped or taken hostage is being added to the travel advisories issued by the State Department. State Department advisories have until now included warnings about such things as crime, civil unrest or the potential for terrorism. The new "K" indicator for the...

Uganda police say kidnapped US woman and driver are freed

Apr. 8, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued an American woman and her driver who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. The two "are in good health" and "in the safe hands" of security officials, police said in a Twitter update. Although authorities provided no details...

3 hostages escape Muslim militants in Philippines, 1 drowns

Apr. 6, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three hostages held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have made a daring escape that left one drowned, another shot in the back in critical condition and another safe after swimming to his freedom, officials said. The two Indonesians and one Malaysian separately...

Kin of US tourist kidnapped in Uganda calls for her rescue

Apr. 5, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A relative of a California woman kidnapped while on a safari in Uganda said Friday he wants to see the U.S. send in Navy SEALS to locate and rescue her if that's what it takes. Phoenix resident Rich Endicott said Friday he hasn't spoken with his cousin since a family reunion several years...

Hostage foundation rescinds invitation to secretary of state

Apr. 5, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A foundation that advocates for the safety of journalists and the release of Americans held hostage abroad has rescinded an award it planned to present to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, prompting him to accuse the organization on Friday of bowing to media bias against him. The James W....

Italian hostage kidnapped in Syria 3 years ago is freed

Apr. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Sergio Zanotti, an Italian businessman who was kidnapped in Syria three years ago, has been released. The office of Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Friday that Zanotti is "in good general condition and will be repatriated to Rome in a few hours." According to media reports, Zanotti,...

2 Georgia officers shot; police deal with hostage situation

Apr. 4, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A gunman suspected of shooting two Georgia police officers remain barricaded in a home Thursday with a teenager who was considered a hostage, police said. Both officers were in serious condition at an Atlanta hospital as police negotiated with the gunman in a bid to get him to let the...

Man accused of abducting teen, beating her until miscarriage

Apr. 4, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 20-year-old West Virginia man is accused of abducting a teenager, holding her hostage for about a year, impregnating her and beating her so severely that she miscarried. News outlets report Brian Merchant-Jones is in custody on charges including murder and kidnapping. Court...