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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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Uber rider claims she was kidnapped, company says allegation is 'inaccurate'
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A woman who was taken on a bizarre, two-hour-long Uber ride through Los Angeles last week claims that she was briefly kidnapped by her driver before being taken home, but Uber says that her account is inaccurate. The woman's story was widely publicized earlier today in Valleywag, which says that the drive....(more) (added: Oct 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm)

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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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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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Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped girls
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Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's military and presidency on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. (added: Oct 17, 2014 at 07:42 am)

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Mexico probes kidnapping of drug-violence blogger
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in northern Mexico say a woman identified as a blogger who denounced drug cartel violence has been kidnapped. (added: Oct 16, 2014 at 08:42 pm)

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Philippine defense chief says Abu Sayyaf militants have released 2 kidnapped Germans
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine defense chief says Abu Sayyaf militants have released 2 kidnapped Germans. (added: Oct 17, 2014 at 07:42 am)

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Mexican activists under fire after blogger kidnap
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican peace activists and bloggers who try to warn fellow citizens about drug violence say they feel under attack following the kidnapping and possible killing of one of their colleagues. (added: Oct 17, 2014 at 01:42 pm)

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Colma police looking for suspect in Halloween night kidnapping, attempted sexual assault
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A "bold" attack on a young woman walking back from a Halloween party early Thursday morning has Colma police searching for a man now suspected of kidnapping and attempted sexual assault. The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mission Road, a commercial area of Colma near some of the town's cemetery grounds, a....(more) (added: Nov 02, 2007 at 11:08 pm)

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12-year-old girl San Jose kidnapped
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A 12-year-old San Jose girl walking home from the store with her kid sister was kidnapped and possibly sexually assaulted today before she was able to get free, police said. The girl was grabbed off the street around 2:17 p.m. near Gardendale Drive and Barbara Way. The sister ran home and alerted her mother, ....(more) (added: Oct 09, 2007 at 12:40 am)

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