Latest Prisoners of war News

Venezuela frees former spy chief who defied Nicolás Maduro

Jan. 21, 2023 13:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government has freed a former spy chief who spent nearly five years in prison for leading a movement of loyalists to the late leftist President Hugo Chávez in challenging the rule of his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro. Miguel Rodríguez Torres...

Ukrainian civilians vanish and languish in Russian-run jails

Jan. 17, 2023 05:51 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Alina Kapatsyna often dreams about getting a phone call from her mother. In those visions, her mother tells her that she’s coming home. Men in military uniforms took 45-year-old Vita Hannych away from her house in eastern Ukraine in April. She never returned....

In threat, Hamas releases video said to show captive Israeli

Jan. 16, 2023 11:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas released a video Monday of an Israeli it said was being held captive in the Gaza Strip, rare footage it described as a warning to Israel's new army chief. Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, shared the video, which...

UN disbands prison killings probe in Ukraine over security

Jan. 05, 2023 17:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Thursday it is disbanding a fact-finding mission requested by Russia and Ukraine to investigate the killings at a prison in eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists that the warring nations accuse each other of carrying out. ...

Korean War soldier who went missing identified, buried

Dec. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The remains of a soldier from New Hampshire who went missing during the Korean War and was later reported to have died in a prisoner of war camp were laid to rest Thursday, several months after being identified. “It was beautiful, truly beautiful, very...

Remains of soldier who died in WWII Japanese POW camp ID'd

Dec. 05, 2022 15:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Experts have identified the remains of a soldier from Massachusetts who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the the Philippines during World War II, the military said on Monday. Army Pfc. Arthur L. Pierce, 26, of Malden, was accounted for in July through...

Remains of WWII POW from Massachusetts accounted for

Dec. 02, 2022 15:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An American service member who survived the notorious Bataan Death March during World War II but later died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp has finally been accounted for, military officials announced Friday. The remains of Army Air Forces Pvt. Joseph E. Lescaut,...

Ukraine is investigating alleged prisoner shooting video

Nov. 22, 2022 14:53 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday they were investigating the conduct of Russian troops who appeared in a video that Moscow alleged showed them trying to surrender, then being shot. Video fragments circulated on Russian social media last week that Moscow...

Ukraine says will look into alleged prisoner shooting video

Nov. 20, 2022 07:05 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine says it will investigate video footage circulated on Russian social media which Moscow alleged shows that Ukrainian forces killed Russian troops who may have been trying to surrender, after one of the men seemingly refused to lay down his weapon and opened fire. ...

Robert Clary, last of the ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ stars, dies at 96

Nov. 17, 2022 15:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Clary, a French-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps during World War II who played a feisty prisoner of war in the improbable 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 96. Clary died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in the Los...