Latest Hostage situations News

AP PHOTOS: Ukraine war prisoners struggle to rebuild lives

Dec. 7, 2019 8:51 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — For Anna Sergeyeva, rebuilding her life after surviving a week of captivity and torture in Ukraine was often more of a struggle. She was snatched from her apartment in May 2014, when the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine had just erupted....

Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected...

Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, take 19 of crew hostage

Dec. 5, 2019 8:30 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pirates boarded a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria and kidnapped 19 Indian and Turkish crew members in what have become the world’s most dangerous waters for such attacks. A statement Wednesday by the owner and Hong Kong-based managers said the Nave Constellation ship was...

Fears deepen for families of people held in Iran amid unrest

Dec. 3, 2019 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of several U.S. and British people held in Iran expressed fear for their loved ones Tuesday amid the deadliest unrest in decades in the Islamic republic. The relatives spoke at a news conference in Washington to demand the release of spouses and parents held in Iran — in...

Minneapolis police: 4 dead in ‘domestic related incident’

Dec. 1, 2019 7:20 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four people are dead following what Minneapolis police call a “domestic related incident.” Police spokesman John Elder says officers responded to reports of a shooting Sunday morning and found two children shot outside a home. Officers were able to get the victims into the...

Freed Taliban prisoner recounts SEAL rescue attempts

Dec. 1, 2019 1:12 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian teacher held captive with an American colleague by the Taliban for more than three years believes U.S. special forces tried and failed six times to free them. Timothy Weeks was released last month in a prisoner swap along with Kevin King, ending an ordeal that began with their...

Bangladesh sentences 7 militants to death in cafe attack

Nov. 27, 2019 2:48 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced seven members of a banned militant group to death Wednesday for their involvement in an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people, mostly foreigners. Judge Mojibur Rahman found the men from the Jumatul...

Animal defenders, aquarium tussle over beluga importation

Nov. 23, 2019 2:51 PM EST

A proposal to import five whales to Connecticut has sparked a standoff between animal welfare groups and an aquarium that says the animals will contribute to its research. Mystic Aquarium wants to import the captive-born beluga whales from Marineland of Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Connecticut aquarium,...

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

Nov. 22, 2019 8:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights...

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

Nov. 21, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday to Khan and...