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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Executed Nigerian Farmers Were Caught Between Boko Haram and the Army

More than 70 agricultural workers were killed by militants, who accused them of telling the authorities that the extremist group was in the area.

#buhari-muhammadu, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #shekau-abubakar, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Disappearance and Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions About Police Response

Quawan Charles was found dead in a field in rural Louisiana days after he had vanished. Now his family is asking whether his death could have been prevented with a faster response.

#amber-alert, #autopsies, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #gofundme, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #louisiana, #missing-persons, #photography, #race-and-ethnicity, #search-and-seizure

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Deadly School Assault Catapults Kabul into Even More Despair

With the Americans scheduled to leave Afghanistan under a deal with the Taliban, the carnage at Kabul University seemed to erase the nation’s hope.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #politics-and-government, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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Navy Commandos Rescue American Kidnapped in Niger

U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a predawn raid in neighboring Nigeria to free the American before he could be sold to terrorists.

#defense-department, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #niger, #nigeria, #sahel-africa, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

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After 12 Years, Arrest in Abduction of Former Times Journalist David Rohde

A former Taliban commander was arrested in the November 2008 kidnapping of Mr. Rohde and two others in Afghanistan. He was brought to the United States to face charges.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #pakistan, #rohde-david, #terrorism

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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.

#brandon-whipple, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #local-government, #masks, #meredith-dowty, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #wichita-kan

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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.

#capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #justice-department, #kansas, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mental-health-and-disorders, #montgomery-lisa-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stinnett-bobbie-jo, #terre-haute-ind, #women-and-girls

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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.

#al-qaeda, #associated-press, #baquet-dean, #callimachi-rukmini-maria-1973, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #podcasts, #terrorism

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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.

#brown-graigory, #canada, #cellular-telephones, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #helm-james, #helm-sandra, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moira-ny, #quebec-province-canada, #surete-du-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.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maria-kolesnikova, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #ukraine

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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.

#australia, #chaloemmeeprasert-atchariya, #chapman-colin-abduction-agent, #child-abduction-recovery-international, #child-custody-and-support, #child-recovery-australia, #children-and-childhood, #dempster-stuart, #families-and-family-life, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #stilla-brad, #taylor-michael-private-security-contractor, #thailand, #whittington-adam-abduction-agent

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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.

#barr-william-p, #detainees, #elsheikh-el-shafee, #emwazi-mohammed, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #justice-department, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #national-security-council, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #syria, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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