Hostage situations

Map locates Khan Abad in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters took at least 100 people hostage; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
August 20, 2018 - 5:31 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said. By mid-afternoon, fighting was still underway in the area to free 21 remaining...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal _ a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
August 16, 2018 - 7:56 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 2:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling on jailed pastor Andrew Brunson to serve as a "great patriot hostage" while he's being held in Turkey. Tweeting on Thursday, Trump says: "Turkey has taken advantage of the...
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August 09, 2018 - 10:12 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military helicopters on Thursday dropped leaflets over parts of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, calling on residents to reconcile with the government as warplanes pounded the region, opposition activists said. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...
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August 05, 2018 - 1:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research...
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In this April 27, 2017, photo, a staff member talks with a visitor at a display booth for Qualcomm at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. China's government said Friday, July 27, 2018, that tech giant Qualcomm Inc. failed to resolve anti-monopoly regulators' concerns about its proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors in a case seen as a possible victim of U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
July 27, 2018 - 12:40 am
BEIJING (AP) — Qualcomm Inc. failed to resolve China's anti-monopoly concerns about its proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, the government said Friday, in a case analysts warned would worsen escalating U.S.-Chinese tensions over technology. The State Administration for Market Regulation's...
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In this June 20, 2018 photo, Michael Scott Moore, author of "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast," poses for a portrait at Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles. Six and a half years after his abduction and nearly four years after his release following payment of a $1.6 million ransom, Moore has completed a page-turning thriller of a book describing the time he spent in gruesome captivity. The book will be released on July 24. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
July 22, 2018 - 11:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Scott Moore is walking a bit gingerly these days, but it has nothing to do with the 2½ years he spent imprisoned by Somali pirates, the beatings he suffered, his time spent in chains or the lousy food that caused him to lose 40 pounds. "I got thumped by a wave surfing off...
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Former Department of Correction counselor Patricia May describes some of the many paintings by Delaware prison inmates that decorate her home in Hockessin, Del., Monday, July 16, 2018. May, a state corrections counselor who was taken hostage during a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, says prison officials are to blame. On Tuesday, Gov. John Carney and corrections officials will release a final report on efforts to implement 41 recommendations from an independent review team. (AP Photo/Ransall Chase)
July 16, 2018 - 9:19 pm
HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware's maximum-security prison last year. For months, May had been concerned about her safety after being assigned to C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in late 2016. As she walked...
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President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their bilateral meeting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 11, 2018 - 11:09 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany's ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades...
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President Donald Trump, right, walks away after being greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, before a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 11, 2018 - 8:59 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Europe (all times local): 2:50 a.m. President Donald Trump has jolted the NATO summit in Brussels by turning a spotlight on Germany's ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American...
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President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their bilateral meeting at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, July, 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 11, 2018 - 11:53 am
BERLIN (AP) — The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup. First, it was then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign trail contention that Chancellor Angela Merkel was "...
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