Latest Prisoners of war News

What does Israel's rescue of 4 captives, and the killing of 274 Palestinians, mean for truce talks?

Jun. 10, 2024 20:05 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's dramatic weekend rescue of four hostages from the Gaza Strip, in an operation that local health officials say killed 274 Palestinians, came at a sensitive time in the 8-month-old war, as Israel and Hamas weigh a U.S. proposal for a cease-fire and the release of...

Russia and Ukraine exchange POWs for the first time in months. Bodies of fallen are also swapped

May. 31, 2024 18:52 PM EDT

SUMY REGION, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners of war on Friday, each sending back 75 POWs in the first such swap in the past three months, officials said. A few hours earlier and at the same location, the two sides also handed over bodies of their fallen soldiers. ...

Russian POWs get to make phone calls home. Ukrainians don't. A growing movement wants that to change

May. 27, 2024 02:16 AM EDT

FAR WESTERN UKRAINE (AP) — Precious few choices are available to Alexander, a 26-year-old Russian soldier, since his capture: Clothes, meals and the hours of his day are rigidly accounted for in the camp for prisoners of war. But Ukraine allows Alexander to call home to his family...

Yemen’s Houthi rebels freed over 100 war prisoners, the Red Cross says

May. 26, 2024 05:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen on Sunday released more than 100 war prisoners linked to the country’s long-running conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The unilateral release came more than a year after Yemen’s warring sides freed...

Man shoots his 6-month-old baby multiple times at home near Phoenix, but child expected to survive

May. 17, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — A man shot his 6-month-old baby multiple times Friday at a home northwest of Phoenix after taking the infant and its mother captive, but the mother escaped with minor injuries and the child was expected to survive, authorities said. They said the status of...

Ukraine's president signs two laws to enable prisoners to join the army's ranks and to increase fines for draft dodgers

May. 17, 2024 09:38 AM EDT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president signs two laws to enable prisoners to join the army's ranks and to increase fines for draft dodgers.

Powerful ethnic armed group in western Myanmar claims to capture base and hundreds of soldiers

May. 06, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A powerful ethnic minority armed group battling Myanmar's army in the country's west claimed Monday to have taken hundreds of government soldiers prisoner when it captured a major command post. The Arakan Army, the well-trained and well-armed military wing of the...