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US believes missing American journalist is alive in Syria

Nov. 14, 2018 5:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official says American journalist Austin Tice is believed to be still alive more than six years after he was abducted while covering the war in Syria. U.S. envoy to Syria James Jeffrey told reporters Wednesday that Tice is being held hostage there. He didn't say...

Greek authorities say lost ancient city of Tenea is located

Nov. 13, 2018 12:58 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. A ministry statement said excavations from September to early October...

All school kidnapping captives freed, says Cameroon leader

Nov. 13, 2018 6:47 AM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — All students and staff abducted more than a week ago from a school in Cameroon's restive North West region have been freed, a leader of the Presbyterian church said Tuesday. Two students, the principal and a staff member of Presbyterian Secondary School in the English-speaking...

Ex-IS captive says son died in her lap from militant fire

Nov. 10, 2018 12:14 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped. Najwa Abu Ammar, 35, was kidnapped with her two sons and...

Ex-IS captive recalls captivity, seeing her son killed

Nov. 9, 2018 3:10 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian woman liberated from captivity said Friday that Islamic State militants held her and more than two other dozen women and children in different hideouts for nearly three months, once keeping them captive in a moving car for over twelve hours without knowing where they were...

Syria says military freed 19 hostages held by IS since July

Nov. 8, 2018 12:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a months-long crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze religious minority, state media reported Thursday. An opposition war...

The Latest: Syria state news agency says 19 held by IS freed

Nov. 8, 2018 9:44 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Syria's state news agency says troops have liberated 19 hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in central Syria. SANA news agency said in its report Wednesday that the operation occurred in...

Syrian state news agency says army has freed 19 hostages held by the Islamic State group since July

Nov. 8, 2018 9:32 AM EST
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state news agency says army has freed 19 hostages held by the Islamic State group since July.

79 kidnapped Cameroon students freed, says church official

Nov. 7, 2018 12:15 PM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday. The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near the...

Man convicted in Mafia case takes postal workers hostage

Nov. 5, 2018 12:27 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A knife-wielding man upset about a 19-year jail term in a Mafia case held several post office employees hostage in northern Italy for nearly eight hours Monday before surrendering to authorities, police said. The hostage-taker "opened the door, slowly let the hostages out," then surrendered to...