Latest Hostage situations News

Pakistan PM says Taliban may soon release 2 hostages

Jul. 23, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says militants may soon release two Western hostages as negotiations on a peace deal for Afghanistan make progress with his country's help. Khan, who was in the middle of a three-day U.S. visit Tuesday, has repeatedly said the men, an American and...

L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...

Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs moved out of Wisconsin

Jul. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man who admitted to kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been moved to a facility outside Wisconsin. Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson is serving life without parole for the October deaths of James and Denise Closs. State records say he was moved Monday, but do not say...

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members. The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them...

California man sentenced for keeping 15-year-old captive

Jul. 10, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of two men charged with imprisoning a 15-year-old girl in a metal box at their Northern California marijuana farm was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in federal prison. The girl, who had run away from home, was sexually abused by both men and required to help prepare the...

Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty

Jul. 3, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted over posing with the corpse was given a demotion by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes. Special Operations...

The Latest: Navy SEAL sentenced for posing with dead captive

Jul. 3, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the death of a wounded war prisoner in Iraq (all times local): 12:12 p.m. A military jury sentenced a decorated Navy SEAL to four months of confinement for posing with the body of an Islamic State captive in Iraq, but a judge credited him...

Acquitted Navy SEAL thanks Fox News, Trump for their support

Jul. 3, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The decorated Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq thanked Fox News, President Donald Trump and two congressmen for their support during his trial. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher also told Fox & Friends on Wednesday...

Jury to decide SEAL's punishment for posing with corpse

Jul. 3, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 will return to court Wednesday to decide whether he should serve any jail time for the single charge he was convicted of: posing with the...

Suspected suicide bombings in Philippine army camp kill 7

Jun. 28, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two suspected Muslim militant suicide attackers detonated bombs in an army camp in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing three soldiers, two civilians and themselves, military officials said. Twelve other soldiers were wounded in the "inhumane" attack by suspected Abu...