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Families of Israeli hostages release video of female soldiers being captured by Hamas

May. 22, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A group representing the families of hostages held in Gaza has released new video footage showing Hamas’ capture of five female Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. The video shows several of the young soldiers bloody and wounded. In one scene, a...

Hundreds of hostages, mostly women and children, are rescued from Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria

May. 21, 2024 07:20 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of hostages, mostly children and women, who were held captive for months or years by Boko Haram extremists in northeastern Nigeria have been rescued from a forest enclave and handed over to authorities, the army said. The 350 hostages had been...

Man suspected of shooting 6-month-old son in hostage standoff near Phoenix apparently killed himself

May. 18, 2024 20:41 PM EDT

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting his 6-month-old son multiple times after taking the boy and his mother hostage was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the rubble of a suburban Phoenix home that caught fire during a SWAT standoff, police said Saturday. ...

Member of Israel's War Cabinet says he'll quit the government June 8 unless there's a new war plan

May. 18, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Benny Gantz, a popular centrist member of Israel’s three-member War Cabinet, threatened Saturday to resign from the government if it doesn't adopt a new plan in three weeks' time for the war in Gaza, a decision that would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Israeli army finds bodies of 3 hostages in Gaza killed at Oct. 7 music festival

May. 18, 2024 04:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday its troops in Gaza found the bodies of three Israeli hostages killed by Hamas during its Oct. 7 attack, including German-Israeli Shani Louk. A photo of 22-year-old Louk's twisted body in the back of a pickup truck ricocheted around...

The Latest | Israel finds bodies of 3 hostages in Gaza, as first aid unloaded by sea

May. 17, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

Israeli troops have recovered the bodies of three hostages in the Gaza Strip, with the military saying Friday they were killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and their bodies taken into Gaza. The military did not say where the bodies were found in Gaza. Israeli forces are currently...

Israeli military says it found the bodies of three Israeli hostages in Gaza, including German-Israeli Shani Louk

May. 17, 2024 11:37 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says it found the bodies of three Israeli hostages in Gaza, including German-Israeli Shani Louk.

Israel moves deeper into Rafah and fights Hamas militants regrouping in northern Gaza

May. 12, 2024 23:36 PM EDT

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The exodus of Palestinians from Gaza’s last refuge accelerated Sunday as Israeli forces pushed deeper into the southern city of Rafah. Israel also pounded the territory’s devastated north, where some Hamas militants have regrouped in areas the military said it had...

The Biden-Netanyahu relationship is strained like never before. Can the two leaders move forward?

May. 10, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have long managed a complicated relationship, but they're running out of space to maneuver as their views on the Gaza war diverge and their political futures hang in the balance. Their ties have...

Friends, former hostages praise Terry Anderson, AP reporter and philanthropist, at memorial service

May. 09, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fellow former hostages, family and coworkers celebrated the life of journalist and philanthropist Terry Anderson Wednesday, remembering a man who helped others while struggling to heal himself. The news writer became a news subject when he was taken hostage in...