Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks

Text messages from the man contained a “very descriptive plan of execution,” including locating the mayor, hanging him and turning him into fertilizer, Mayor Brandon Whipple said.

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and attempting to pass the baby off as her own.

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Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages

Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada were freed in an agreement with the United States and Oman that allowed 200 Houthi fighters to return to war-ravaged Yemen.

#houthis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #yemen

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Man Charged With Murder in 1984 Killing of Jonelle Matthews

Steven D. Pankey was arrested on Monday in Idaho and charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of Jonelle Matthews, whose disappearance drew national attention.

#greeley-colo, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #matthews-jonelle, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pankey-steven-d, #twin-falls-idaho

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An Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star, and The Times

A top editor is now reviewing Rukmini Callimachi’s reporting on terrorism, which turned distant conflicts into accessible stories but drew criticism from colleagues.

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A Convicted Kidnapper Is Chosen to Lead Government of Kyrgyzstan

Lawmakers in Central Asia’s only democracy selected a man sprung from jail by protesters just days ago in an effort to end days of violent political unrest

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #jeenbekov-sooronbay, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kyrgyzstan

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The Plot Against Gretchen Whitmer Shows the Danger of Private Militias

These groups have no constitutional right to exist.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #militias, #oath-keepers, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #whitmer-gretchen

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New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

Their captors demanded the return of cocaine worth $3.5 million. They were freed after the authorities used cellphone data to track them to a house in Quebec.

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Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Fighters Being Brought to U.S. to Face Charges

The federal prosecution of two Britons involved in the kidnapping and torture of American hostages comes more than two years after they were captured in Syria.

#defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #emwazi-mohammed, #extradition, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kassig-peter-edward-1988-2014, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #sotloff-steven-j, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Trial, Jewish Victims of 2015 Paris Attack Ask: Why the Hatred?

Four people were killed by a hostage-taker at a kosher supermarket that year. Families and survivors who testified this past week said his callous anti-Semitism was still hard to process.

#charlie-hebdo, #coulibaly-amedy-1982-2015, #france, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #paris-france, #terrorism

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Joe Montana and Wife Confront Intruder Who Tried to Kidnap Their Grandchild

A woman entered the Malibu, Calif., home of the former N.F.L. star on Saturday afternoon and took the child from a playpen, officials said.

#football, #jennifer-montana, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #los-angeles-calif, #montana-joe, #san-francisco-49ers, #sodsai-dalzell

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Abducted Opposition Leader in Belarus Averts Expulsion to Ukraine

A plan by security agents to expel Maria Kolesnikova came unstuck at the border when she tore up her passport.

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President Trump, Don’t Leave My Brother, a Hostage, Behind

He was taken captive on Jan. 31 by a Taliban affiliate. The United States must win his release before it withdraws from Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mark-frerichs, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j

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The Three Abductions of N.: How Corporate Kidnapping Works

When estranged parents take children across borders, a shadowy industry of “recovery agents” can get them back — for a fee.

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R. Kelly’s Associates Charged With Threatening His Accusers

Prosecutors say one defendant set fire to a car parked outside the house of a woman who had publicly accused the singer of abuse.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #kelly-r, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

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Trump Officials Reconsider Prosecuting ISIS ‘Beatles’ Without Death Penalty

American military officials in Iraq want two detainees taken off their hands and a British court has blocked sharing evidence for any death-penalty case. But other options are also getting a second look.

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Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams

Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion.

#australia, #china, #extortion-and-blackmail, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Taliban Executes Female Prison Guard, and U.N. Raises Concern Over Afghan Violence

The guard was abducted while traveling to her home village and later killed. The United Nations says civilians continue to bear the brunt of the Afghan conflict.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-nations

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Armed Man Seizes Hostages on Ukraine Bus

A man with a firearm and explosives called the police to announce he was holding about 20 people hostage in the western city of Lutsk. He made political demands.

#buses, #firearms, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #politics-and-government, #ukraine

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Yes, Even George Washington

Slavery was a cruel institution that can’t be excused by its era.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #ships-and-shipping, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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Secret Detentions Become a Common Tool of Repression Under Maduro

“Forced disappearances” are playing a critical role in the Venezuelan government’s efforts to muzzle opponents and instill fear, according to a new report.

#detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kennedy-robert-f-center-for-justice-and-human-rights, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

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Midea’s He Xiangjian Targeted in Kidnapping, Chinese Media Says

China’s state media identified the victim as He Xiangjian, the billionaire behind the brand Midea, painting a picture of a caper gone wrong in the low-crime country.

#china, #high-net-worth-individuals, #home-appliances, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #midea-group

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U.N. Documents Abductions and Torture Of Iraqi Protesters

Protesters have long said threats and abductions by militias were routine. United Nation investigators have begun to substantiate the claims.

#baghdad-iraq, #civilian-casualties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations

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A Mogul’s Wife Vanishes. Now Norway Has a National Obsession.

At first, the disappearance of the wife of one of the country’s richest people seemed to be an abduction. But then suspicion turned on the husband.

#bandidos-motorcycle-club, #hagen-anne-elisabeth-falkevik, #hagen-tom, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #norway, #oslo-norway

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Italian Hostage’s Release Erupts Into Clashes Over Islam and Ransom

The conversion to Islam by Silvia Romano, an Italian aid worker kidnapped by a group said to be linked to the Shabab, was met with insults and threats.

#italy, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #league-italian-political-party, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #shabab, #silvia-romano

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Kashmir Gun Battle Kills at Least 7

Fighting between the Indian Army and militants threatened to heighten hostilities in the disputed region, where near-daily skirmishes have raged for weeks.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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A Crime Novelist on the Oakland County Child Killer Case

The still-unsolved Oakland County Child Killer case lodged in the author Megan Abbott’s psyche, even if she didn’t know it at the time.

#children-and-childhood, #detroit-mich, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes

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Wealthy Norwegian Businessman Charged With Murdering Missing Wife

The authorities have announced that the kidnapping of Anne-Elisabeth Hagen may have been fabricated by her husband, Tom Hagen, one of Norway’s wealthiest businessmen.

#hagen-elizabeth, #hagen-tom, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #norway, #oslo-norway

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A Visual Trek Through the Sweltering Jungle: In Search of Colombia’s ‘Lost City’

Ciudad Perdida, an ancient city that predates Machu Picchu by several hundred years, has become one of South America’s most rewarding adventure destinations.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bogota-colombia, #colombia, #eco-tourism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #machu-picchu-peru, #national-liberation-army-colombia, #south-america, #travel-and-vacations

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The Terrorist Who Got Away

Twenty years ago, India let Masood Azhar go. Now he and his jihadist group may be one of the greatest obstacles to resolving the crisis in Kashmir.

#hijacking, #jaish-e-muhammad, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #terrorism

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What Happened When a Times Reporter Traded Brooklyn for Dakar

Frustrated by her stressful city life, Dionne Searcey moved her family to West Africa as the region’s bureau chief. “In Pursuit of Disobedient Women” is her chronicle of what she saw and learned.

#africa, #boko-haram, #books-and-literature, #chibok-nigeria, #dakar-senegal, #in-pursuit-of-disobedient-women-a-memoir-of-love-rebellion-and-family-far-away-book, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #searcey-dionne, #women-and-girls

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