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Police: Boy found dead hours after mom said he was abducted

May. 22, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 9-year-old autistic boy has been found dead hours after his mother told police he was abducted by two men who “ambushed" her during a late-night drive south of Miami, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Friday. An Amber Alert that had been issued for Alejandro Ripley...

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Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller

May. 21, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President's Daughter" will be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling “The...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Investigators build a case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — He was burly, with piercing blue eyes, and it was clear he was in charge when he entered the Galaxy, a wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State group militants. He walked...

Police say 14 kidnapped health workers freed in Mexico City

May. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in Mexico City say they have rescued 14 health workers who had come to the capital to help battle COVID-19 and were subjected to what's called a “virtual kidznapping” in order to demand money from their families. The city prosecutor's office said in a communique...

Couple arrested in cross-border kidnapping that left 2 dead

May. 18, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California woman and her boyfriend have been arrested on suspicion of collecting ransom in a kidnapping that killed two of three U.S. citizens held in Mexico, federal prosecutors said Monday. Leslie Briana Matla, 20, and Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez, 25, are charged with one...

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, right, visits an activist who was reported missing, at a local hospital in Harare, Friday, May 15, 2020. Three young Zimbabwean opposition activists who were reported missing following a protest over COVID-19 lockdown measures this week were been treated at a hospital Friday after asserting they were abducted and sexually abused by suspected state security agents. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe police accused of assaulting young female activists

May. 15, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young Zimbabwean opposition activists who were reported missing following a protest over COVID-19 lockdown measures this week were being treated at a hospital Friday after asserting they were abducted and sexually abused by suspected state security agents. The three women,...

FILE -  In this Monday, May 11, 2020 file photo, Silvia Romano waves from a window of her home, in Milan, Italy. A right-wing lawmaker was reprimanded Wednesday for having called a young Italian woman held hostage in Somalia by Muslim extremists a “neo-terrorist” after she returned home having apparently converted to Islam. Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet on Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali Muslim women. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

Italian lawmaker sorry for calling hostage a 'neo-terrorist'

May. 14, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker apologized Thursday for calling a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” Alessandro Pagano of the anti-migrant League party said in a Facebook post that he had intended to criticize the government, not...

FILE -  In this Monday, May 11, 2020 file photo, Silvia Romano waves from a window of her home, in Milan, Italy. A right-wing lawmaker was reprimanded Wednesday for having called a young Italian woman held hostage in Somalia by Muslim extremists a “neo-terrorist” after she returned home having apparently converted to Islam. Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet on Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali Muslim women. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

Bigotry mars return of Italy hostage who converted to Islam

May. 13, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker in Italy was reprimanded Wednesday after he called a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while being held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali...

In this image taken from a video, Silvia Romano is flanked by two masked security officers as she walks on the tarmac after landing at Rome's Ciampino airport, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Wearing a surgical mask, disposable gloves and booties to guard against COVID-19, a young Italian woman has returned to her homeland after 18 months as a hostage in eastern Africa. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

Italian woman returns home after 18-month African kidnapping

May. 10, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Wearing a surgical mask, disposable gloves and booties to guard against COVID-19, a young Italian woman returned to her homeland Sunday after 18 months as a hostage in eastern Africa. Silvia Romano lowered her mask briefly to display a broad smile after she stepped off an Italian government...

FILE - In this August 2018 file photo, Italian volunteer Silvia Costanza Romano, left, poses with local resident Ronald Kazungu Ngala, 19, in the village of Chakama, in coastal Kilifi county, Kenya. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that an Italian aid worker kidnapped in late 2018 while she was working in Kenya has been freed. Conte tweeted Saturday: “Silvia Romano has been freed. Thanks to the men and women of the foreign intelligence services. Silvia, we’re waiting for you in Italy!” (AP Photo, File)

Italian govt hails release of volunteer kidnapped in Kenya

May. 9, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian woman who was kidnapped in Kenya while volunteering as an aid worker has been freed in Somalia after an 18-month ordeal, Italian officials said Saturday. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte hailed the release of Silvia Romano, who was a 23-year-old volunteer with the Italy-based...