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Militants free 3 Indonesian hostages in southern Philippines

Sep. 16, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants have freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. The Indonesians were freed Friday with the help of the Moro National Liberation...

Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Sep. 13, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was "a big shock," and she hopes there is a way the woman can be committed to a treatment facility since there is no legal recourse to keep her behind bars. Wanda Barzee is...

The Latest: Elizabeth Smart wants no contact with kidnapper

Sep. 13, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Elizabeth Smart's reaction to the release of one of her kidnappers (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Elizabeth Smart says she has no desire to talk to her kidnapper after her unexpected release from prison next week. When asked during a news conference Thursday if she had any...

Colombia ELN rebels free captives with peace talks uncertain

Sep. 12, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's last-remaining rebel group freed six people it took captive last month amid demands from President Ivan Duque that it release all hostages and cease kidnapping in order for peace talks to resume. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it took part in the...

Colombia's ELN rebels free 6 captives amid demands from president that it release prisoners to facilitate peace talks

Sep. 12, 2018 5:18 PM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's ELN rebels free 6 captives amid demands from president that it release prisoners to facilitate peace talks.

Elizabeth Smart upset 1 of her kidnappers to be freed

Sep. 12, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday. Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah...

UN says Syria's Idlib civilians should not be taken hostages

Sep. 12, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. investigators warned Wednesday that a war against some 10,000 extremists in northwestern Syria should not take 3 million people hostages. They added that the expected attack by Syrian troops on Idlib province would make other battles in the country look minor. The U.N. Commission of...

The Latest: Elizabeth Smart upset her kidnapper to be freed

Sep. 11, 2018 9:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the release of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Elizabeth Smart says it is "incomprehensible" that a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap her will be released from prison next week. Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was...

The Latest: UN chief: A 'bloodbath' must be averted in Idlib

Sep. 11, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a "bloodbath" in the last major...

Family sues FBI agent in shooting death of Houston hostage

Sep. 11, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a kidnapped man who was fatally shot during a rescue mission in Houston is suing the FBI agent who killed him. The federal lawsuit filed by Ulises Valladares' family alleges illegal search and seizure, and wrongful death, The Houston Chronicle reported . It seeks punitive...