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Sri Lankans describe abuse as Russian captives in Ukraine

Sep. 24, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A group of Sri Lankans held captive by Russian forces in an agricultural factory in eastern Ukraine said Saturday that they were beaten and abused for months before escaping on foot as the Russians withdrew from the Kharkiv region this month. Recounting...

Police: 12 hostages freed at bank in country of Georgia

Sep. 20, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Police in the country of Georgia said 12 people who were held hostage in a bank by a gunman for hours Tuesday have been freed and hostage-taker has been arrested. Georgian media reported that the gunman at the bank in the city of Kutaisi had demanded $2...

US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

Sep. 19, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took...

Philippine, Indonesia talks on pandemic recovery challenges

Sep. 05, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. affirmed deepening economic and security ties with Indonesia on Monday during the first overseas trip of his presidency, while expressing concern about the persistent difficulties Southeast Asian nations have faced after pandemic. ...

Burkina Faso bishop says American nun freed by captors

Aug. 31, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An 83-year-old American nun kidnapped from her bed in Burkina Faso earlier this year has been released by her captors unharmed, Catholic church officials in the West African nation said Wednesday. Sister Suellen Tennyson had been abducted by 10...

Ukrainian nuclear plant temporarily cut off from power grid

Aug. 25, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

NIKOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the middle of the fighting in Ukraine was temporarily knocked offline Thursday because of fire damage to a transmission line, causing a blackout across the region and heightening fears of a catastrophe in a country still haunted by...

Islamic State 'Beatle' gets life term for US hostage deaths

Aug. 19, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — El Shafee Elsheikh, who was formally sentenced to life in prison Friday for a leading role in the beheading deaths of American hostages, had a somewhat whimsical nickname as a so-called “Beatle” that belied the viciousness of his conduct. In fact, he is...

British national gets life in prison for Islamic State hostage-taking scheme that took about 2 dozen Westerners captive

Aug. 19, 2022 12:21 PM EDT
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — British national gets life in prison for Islamic State hostage-taking scheme that took about 2 dozen Westerners captive.

Colombian rebels free 5 soldiers, 1 policeman ahead of talks

Aug. 18, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A Colombian guerrilla group says it has freed six captive members of the security forces in a goodwill gesture ahead of planned peace talks with the government of new President Gustavo Petro. The release of the six men was a “unilateral humanitarian gesture″ that...

Syria denies it is holding American journalist Austin Tice

Aug. 18, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denied on Wednesday it is holding U.S. journalist Austin Tice or other Americans after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of detaining him. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is...