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Gunmen kidnap, kill 6 men near Iraq's capital
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say gunmen kidnapped six men from different homes in a town south of Baghdad and later shot them to death. (added: Apr 06, 2014 at 05:42 am)

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Kidnapped foreign journalists still held in Syria
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Several foreign reporters remain captive in Syria, dubbed by a media watchdog as the most dangerous country for journalists, after four French colleagues were freed Saturday after 10 months in captivity. Thirteen major international news organisations, including the New York Times, BBC News, Reuters, The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, s....(more) (added: Apr 19, 2014 at 09:42 am)

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Kidnappings soar in Mexico as drug gangs seek new income
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Daniel Escobedo was driving to school when he stopped for what he thought was a security check at a roadblock in the Mexican city of Juarez , across the border from El Paso, Texas . Worried about being late for class, he hurriedly handed his driver's license to the two uniformed men, who he thought were police officers. Moments later, two dar....(more) (added: Apr 24, 2008 at 07:23 am)

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French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali
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BAMAKO (Reuters) - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement. Four of the aid workers work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The statement said the aid workers were freed near the nort....(more) (added: Apr 17, 2014 at 11:42 am)

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Four French journalists 'free' after Syria kidnap
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Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and "in good health" on Saturday, President Francois Hollande told AFP, saying they would be back in France within hours. In a statement to AFP, the president said he had "learned with great relief this morning of the liberation of the four French journalists&q....(more) (added: Apr 19, 2014 at 03:42 am)

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New crime fad: Exploiting Real Fears With ‘Virtual Kidnappings’
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The phone call begins with the cries of an anguished child calling for a parent: “Mama! Papa!” The youngster’s sobs are quickly replaced by a husky male voice that means business. “We’ve got your child,” he says in rapid-fire Spanish, usually adding an expletive for effect and then rattling off a list of demands that might include cash or jewels ....(more) (added: Apr 29, 2008 at 10:13 am)

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Gunmen kidnap two Pakistani U.N. staff members from Karachi
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By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday. A spokeswoman for the U.N. Children's Fund, also known as UNICEF, was not available to comment. The port city of Karachi is Pa....(more) (added: Apr 19, 2014 at 01:42 am)

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Kidnapping for ransom leads San Jose police on frantic hunt, wild rescue
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An apparent kidnapping-for-ransom set San Jose police on a frantic hunt for the kidnappers and their victim. It ended when police arrested several suspects and the victim -- who had been bound with duct tape -- threw himself out a second floor window. (added: Nov 07, 2010 at 07:46 am)

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Afghan minister kidnapped in Kabul
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Gunmen run Ahmad Shah Wahid's car off the road before dragging him into vehicle and driving offGunmen have abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul, officials say.Ahmad Shah Wahid was on his way to work on Tuesday when five gunmen ran his car off the road in northern Kabul, dragged him into their four-wheel-drive vehicle and sp....(more) (added: Apr 15, 2014 at 06:42 am)

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Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist's body found near Kiev
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Friends of Vasily Sergiyenko, who was also a member of the right-wing Svoboda party, say he was tortured before being killedThe body of a kidnapped journalist who took part in protests against Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych has been found dumped in a forest 60 miles outside the capital Kiev.Vasily S....(more) (added: Apr 06, 2014 at 10:42 am)

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