London Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Rape and Kidnap of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens admitted to charges of rape and kidnapping of the 33-year-old marketing executive, whose killing in March touched off national anger at male violence against women.

#couzens-wayne-march-3-2021-murder, #everard-sarah, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Nigeria Is in Disarray. So Its President Banned Twitter.

It’s a bad time for President Muhammadu Buhari to play the tyrant.

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #impeachment, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #republic-of-biafra

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Boko Haram Leader Really Did Kill Himself, Audio Message Says

A notorious terrorist leader in Nigeria who kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok has blown himself up, according to a new audio recording attributed to the head of a rival extremist group.

#al-barnawi-abu-musab, #boko-haram, #islamic-state-west-african-province, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #shekau-abubakar, #terrorism

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As Dictators Target Citizens Abroad, Few Safe Spaces Remain

For émigrés and exiles, pressure on families back home, social media intimidation, even kidnapping, have become a regular part of life.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cyberharassment, #deportation, #extraordinary-rendition, #fugitives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #targeted-killings, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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Harvey Schlossberg, Cop With a Ph.D. in Defusing a Crisis, Dies at 85

A psychologist who had worn the blue, he coached thousands of New York City police officers in hostage negotiations, creating a model for law enforcement.

#deaths-obituaries, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #psychology-and-psychologists, #schlossberg-harvey-1936-2021

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Nigerian Terrorist Leader ‘Dies’ Again. Was This the End of His 9th Life?

Abubakar Shekau, the longtime leader of Boko Haram, was reported to have blown himself up on Wednesday night. But he has been falsely reported dead several times before.

#boko-haram, #islamic-state-west-african-province, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #maiduguri-nigeria, #rumors-and-misinformation, #shekau-abubakar, #terrorism, #women-and-girls

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In Video, French Reporter Says He Was Kidnapped in Mali

In a short clip that circulated online, the journalist, Olivier Dubois, said he had been seized by a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda and urged the French government to secure his release.

#dubois-olivier-journalist, #france, #gao-mali, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mali, #missing-persons

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Five in Houston Face Charges in Suspected Case of Human Smuggling

Police officers in Houston responded to a kidnapping tip on Friday and found nearly 100 undocumented people crammed into a house, according to the authorities.

#houston-tex, #illegal-immigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #police-department-houston-tex, #search-and-seizure, #smuggling

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2 Spanish Journalists Among 3 Killed in Ambush in Burkina Faso

The journalists were filming a documentary about anti-poaching activities in the Western African nation when their convoy was ambushed.

#burkina-faso, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Biden Administration Hopes to Learn Fate of U.S. Hostage in Syria

While hopes for the return of Austin Tice have faded, the top American hostage negotiator says he believes the former journalist is still alive.

#central-intelligence-agency, #dawes-kevin-patrick, #goodwin-samuel-r, #kamalmaz-majd, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #syria, #tice-austin, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Penelope Laingen, 89, Dies; Her Yellow Ribbon Rallied Americans

As the wife of the highest-ranking American detained in the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, she started a nationwide movement with a symbol of support.

#deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iran-hostage-crisis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #laingen-l-bruce, #laingen-penelope-1931-2021, #yellow-ribbon

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Here’s How to Handle the ‘Genocide Olympics’ in Beijing

The Olympiad gives us leverage. Let’s use it.

#boycotts, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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Oklahoma Jail, Site of Deadly Standoff, Had Substandard Conditions, Report Found

An inspection by the state’s health department discovered that inmates had to deal with overcrowded cells, moldy showers and bedbugs.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #oklahoma, #oklahoma-city-okla

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Inmate Is Killed in Hostage Standoff at Oklahoma Jail

A correction officer who had been taken hostage was rescued, officials said. The officer was injured and taken to a hospital.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma-city-okla, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Sarah Everard Vigil Becomes Large Rally

Thousands of protesters rallied in South London near where the 33-year-old woman was last seen, despite police warnings that the event would be unlawful because of coronavirus restrictions.

#everard-sarah, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #women-and-girls

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Vigil for Sarah Everard Moves Ahead

With modifications for the pandemic, the tribute to Sarah Everard, 33, who went missing in London last week, is moving ahead after having been canceled. A police officer is now charged in her killing.

#everard-sarah, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #women-and-girls

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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Woman’s Disappearance Prompts Outcry Over Safety on London’s Streets

Thousands of women shared stories on social media of harassment and fears of walking home at night after Sarah Everard, 33, disappeared in London last week.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #missing-persons, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

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Colombia Seeks Justice for War Atrocities Via New Court

A court in Colombia is exposing atrocities in the country’s long civil war, trying to compile a record all sides can accept, and offering leniency to those who confess. Not everyone is pleased.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #uribe-alvaro, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Dallas Police Officer Charged With 2 Counts of Capital Murder

The officer, Bryan Riser, was arrested on Thursday, nearly two years after a witness said the officer had instructed him to kidnap and kill two people in the city, the police said.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-dallas-tex

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Hundreds of Girls Abducted From Nigerian School Are Freed, Official Says

The return of more than 300 girls marked the second time in less than a week that gunmen in the country had released kidnapped schoolchildren.

#africa, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #women-and-girls

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Nigeria’s Boarding Schools Have Become a Hunting Ground for Kidnappers

Northern Nigeria’s kidnap-for-ransom industry is growing, and it’s not just the well-off who are at risk. The new targets are poor villagers and ordinary schoolchildren.

#adichie-chimamanda-ngozi, #boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #corruption-institutional, #kankara-nigeria, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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Nigerian Students Are Abducted in 2nd Kidnapping in Just Over a Week

The authorities declined to say how many students were taken in an area where a surge in armed militancy has led to a worsening breakdown of security.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria

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Arizona Man Is Accused of Faking Own Kidnapping to Evade Work

When the police arrived, they found the man with his hands bound behind his back by a belt and a bandanna “stuffed in his mouth” in Coolidge, Ariz.

#coolidge-ariz, #false-reports, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #soules-brandon

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They Thought, ‘Why Not Iran,’ and the Decision Upended Their Lives

An Iranian-American couple’s relocation to Iran after their daughters went off to college in the United States was a mistake paid for in accusations of spying, murky prosecution and prison.

#evin-prison, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #political-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations

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Father and Son Abducted in Mexico Are Allowed into the U.S.

A Honduran man and his young child were kidnapped for ransom while enrolled in a Trump program that forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait across the border. President Biden is slowly easing the restrictions.

#asylum-right-of, #brownsville-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Gunmen in Nigeria Attack School, Abducting Dozens and Killing a Student

Kidnappers in the West African country once targeted people with money or power. But increasingly, they are abducting people with neither — like schoolchildren.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks

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Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive

“Blindfold” is the American journalist Theo Padnos’s memoir of his nearly two years in captivity and a meditation on resilience.

#al-qaeda, #blindfold-a-memoir-of-capture-torture-and-enlightenment-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #curtis-peter-theo, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #news-and-news-media, #syria, #terrorism, #torture

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Deaths of Soldiers and Policemen Held by Kurdish Guerrillas Roils Turkish Politics

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the United States and opposition Kurdish politicians in an effort to deflect responsibility for a failed rescue operation.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kurdistan-workersparty, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #turkey

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Haiti Braces for Unrest as President Refuses to Step Down

Haiti is “on the verge of explosion,” the country’s Episcopal bishops say. Many accuse the government of supporting gangs to stay in power as a constitutional crisis looms.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gangs, #haiti, #haitian-americans, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moise-jovenel-1968, #port-au-prince-haiti

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Former Uganda Militia Leader Is Convicted of War Crimes

Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army militia as a child, and later rose to be one of its commanders. He was once a victim of some of the same crimes he was accused of later in life.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #lords-resistance-army, #ongwen-dominic, #uganda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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‘Please, Give Me Back My Daughter’

The remarkable story of one mother’s implausible quest to bring a cartel to justice for the murder of her child.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #rodriguez-martinez-miriam-elizabeth, #zetas

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Top Pakistani Court Upholds Reversal of Conviction in Daniel Pearl Killing

The court ordered the release of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, a man previously convicted of being the mastermind of the American journalist’s abduction and murder.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pakistan, #pearl-daniel, #sheikh-ahmed-omar, #supreme-court-of-pakistan, #terrorism, #wall-street-journal

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Buhari Fires Nigeria’s Top Generals and Appoints Replacements

With just two years left in President Buhari’s tenure, can a new approach defeat the militants and bandits who are killing, kidnapping and traumatizing Nigeria’s people?

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #defense-and-military-forces, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #terrorism

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Member of Extremist Group to Plead Guilty in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

Ty G. Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, agreed to plead guilty and to testify against the other five defendants charged in federal court in Western Michigan.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

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Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

An abduction and a murder have scared dissidents seeking shelter in Turkey into looking further afield for safety.

#asylum-right-of, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey

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Austin, Texas, Hostage Situation Ends With 2 Dead

The police responded to the standoff with a SWAT team, and gunshots and explosions were heard.

#austin-tex, #deaths-fatalities, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Why Is Iran Kidnapping and Executing Dissidents?

Abductions and executions of Iranian journalists and activists seem to be aimed at complicating the resumption of talks under the Biden administration.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #capital-punishment, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nuclear-weapons, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations

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Memphis Police Officer Is Charged With Kidnapping and Murder

Patric Ferguson, who had been with the department for over two years, kidnapped a man in the back of a squad car and shot him, the authorities said.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #memphis-tenn, #memphis-police-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #patric-ferguson, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #robert-howard

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I’m Haunted by Daniel Pearl’s Murder

The recent order by a Pakistani court to release his kidnapper opens old wounds and raises old questions about the war on terror that have never been resolved.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bin-laden-osama, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #jolie-angelina, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pearl-daniel, #reid-richard-c, #september-11-2001, #terrorism

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Pakistani Court Orders Men Released in Daniel Pearl Case

A detention order had been applied to four men accused in the American journalist’s abduction and murder even after their convictions were overturned.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pakistan, #pearl-daniel, #sheikh-ahmed-omar, #terrorism

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Charges Filed in Michaela Garecht Kidnapping Case After 32 Years

Witnesses saw Michaela Garecht kidnapped in Northern California in 1988. This week the authorities charged an incarcerated man with murder during a kidnapping.

#alameda-county-calif, #california, #fremont-calif, #garecht-michaela, #hayward-calif, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #misch-david-emery, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Missing Fort Drum Soldier Is Found Dead in New Jersey

Cpl. Hayden Allen Harris’s body was found in a remote part of Sussex County, N.J. A fellow soldier was in custody and was expected to be charged in connection with his death, the authorities said.

#byram-nj, #extradition, #fort-drum-ny, #hayden-allen-harris, #jamaal-mellish, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watertown-ny

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Freed Nigeria Schoolboys Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

Capitalizing on a rare victory, the Nigerian government publicly displayed the more than 300 boys who had been released, and insisted it had not paid ransom.

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #gangs, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #politics-and-government

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More Than 300 Abducted Students Released in Nigeria, Governor Says

A Nigerian official said all of the abducted boys were released Thursday evening and would be reunited with their parents in the morning.

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #chibok-nigeria, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 2 Iranian Officials in Robert Levinson Case

The Treasury imposed sanctions on two Interior Ministry officials, who it said were “involved in the abduction, detention and probable death” of Mr. Levinson, a former F.B.I. agent.

#central-intelligence-agency, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Search Continues for 2 Escaped Prisoners in Tennessee

Robert Lee Brown and Christopher Osteen escaped from a state prison in Lake County, Tenn., then kidnapped a man and stole another man’s truck, the authorities said.

#brown-robert-lee, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mississippi-river, #osteen-christopher, #prison-escapes, #tennessee

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Acechó a los asesinos de su hija por todo México, uno a uno

Armada con una pistola, tarjetas de identificación falsas y disfraces, Miriam Rodríguez se convirtió en un escuadrón de detectives que desafiaba a un sistema en el que suele prevalecer la impunidad criminal.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

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Hundreds of Students Feared Missing After Attack at Nigeria School

Hundreds of Nigerian students are feared missing after gunmen raided a secondary school in the northern state of Katsina. The military later exchanged fire with the attackers in a forest.

#buhari-muhammadu, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks

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She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One

Armed with a handgun, a fake ID card and disguises, Miriam Rodríguez was a one-woman detective squad, defying a system where criminal impunity often prevails.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

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