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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. Family members of Americans who are imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a new report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them. The report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is based on interviews with 25 former hostages and detainees as well as their relatives and advocates. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

More US government support sought for Americans held abroad

Apr. 3, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them, though they cite improvements over the past five years. Several of those interviewed for the report issued...

A medical worker transports a patient at Montefiore Medical Center, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

10 Things to Know for Today

Apr. 2, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. THE RACE IS ON TO AVOID HIDDEN CARRIERS While governments compete against each other to buy protective gear, new questions arise about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to...

Kidnapped French, Iraqi aid workers released after 2 months

Mar. 26, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Four kidnapped aid workers from France and Iraq have been released two months after they were taken hostage in Baghdad. French President Emmanuel Macron announced their liberation Thursday and thanked Iraqi authorities for their cooperation with France to free them. He didn't provide details....

FILE - This Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 file photo released by the Union for the Republic and Democracy party shows Soumaila Cisse, opposition presidential candidate, casting his ballot during the presidential second round election in Niafunke, Mali. The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Boubacar Sada Sissoko/Union for the Republic and Democracy via AP, File)

Mali opposition leader abducted with campaign team in north

Mar. 26, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday. Soumaila Cisse’s bodyguard died from injuries sustained during the abduction and two others...

Family members cry after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Mar. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special...

Court: UK shouldn't give US evidence on pair of IS militants

Mar. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A court on Wednesday barred the British government from providing U.S. prosecutors with evidence against two Islamic State militants suspected in the beheadings of Western hostages, citing the prospect the men could face the death penalty if tried and convicted in America. The ruling by...

In this Jan. 30, 2020 image provided by Zach Bryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Maggie Dwire carries a Mexican gray wolf from a helicopter after it was captured near Reserve, New Mexico, during an annual survey of the endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of a latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year. (Zach Bryan via AP)

Endangered gray wolf population on the rise in southwest US

Mar. 21, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

THE EDGE OF THE GILA WILDERNESS, N.M. (AP) — A voice interrupted the crackle of the radio at basecamp: “Starting pursuit.” The rest of the team on the ground was anxious to hear those words after the low-flying helicopter crew had been working all morning to get close to one of the Mexican...

Info in Webster City officer-involved shooting released

Mar. 19, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified a man shot to death earlier this week as he held a woman hostage, as well as the troopers involved in the shooting. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release Thursday that Darwin Barnett Foy, 35, of Fort Dodge, was killed...

Authorities: Officers killed man who'd been holding hostage

Mar. 17, 2020 6:27 AM EDT

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who'd taken a woman hostage was shot and killed after an Iowa State Patrol team entered a residence in central Iowa's Webster City, authorities said. The Iowa Public Safety Department said in a news release late Monday night that officers responded around 3:30 p.m. after the...

Canadian, Italian freed in Mali 15 months after abduction

Mar. 14, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Canadian woman and an Italian man who had been kidnapped in December 2018 in Burkina Faso have been released in good health, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in neighboring Mali. Quebec resident Edith Blais and Italian Luca Tacchetto had been travelling by car in...