The Attack at a Synagogue in Texas

Reaction to the hostage siege in Colleyville, Texas. Also: Glass barriers in the subway; the Bronx fire; Democrats’ task; vote counting and the V.P.

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Texas Hostage Taker Was Known to British Intelligence

Malik Faisal Akram had been listed as a “subject of interest” in 2020 by Britain’s MI5 security service, according to a U.S. official and British news media reports. But he had since been deemed to no longer be a risk.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #synagogues

Ingrid Betancourt to Make a Bid for President of Colombia

Ingrid Betancourt’s candidacy comes at a critical time, when Colombians are fed up with the political establishment and the future of the peace agreement is at stake.

#betancourt-ingrid, #colombia, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

A Tense Texas Standoff Leads to Emotional Phone Call Between Brothers

Gulbar Akram described his brother, Faisal, who was holding four hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday, as deeply troubled. He said he worked with police to try to “talk him down.’’

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

Texas Rabbi Recounts Dramatic Escape From Synagogue

As a gunman ranted, the hostages whispered instructions and edged closer to the door. The rabbi credited security training for their safe exit.

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Officials Investigating Synagogue Attacker’s Link to 2010 Terror Case

Aafia Siddiqui has spent almost 12 years in a U.S. federal prison after being convicted of trying to kill American soldiers and plotting to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

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Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had ‘Mental Health Issues,’ Brother in U.K. Says

The family of a British man who took four hostages during the standoff at Congregation Beth Israel described him as deeply troubled.

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11 Hours of Fear, Negotiation and Finally, Relief

The F.B.I. identified Malik Faisal Akram, a British national, as the man who took hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday. He was killed during the rescue operation.

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What We Learned of The Hostage Situation in a Texas Synagogue

The authorities have identified the suspect, a British citizen, who was killed when the hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were freed on Saturday night.

#charlie-cytron-walker, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rescues, #synagogues

Haiti Missionaries Describe Dramatic Escape From Kidnappers

The group of 12, including several children, walked 10 miles through the night. Later that day, the missionaries were on a Coast Guard flight to Florida.

#400-mawozo-gang, #christian-aid-ministries, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries, #north-america, #united-states-coast-guard

12 Remaining Members of U.S. Group Kidnapped in Haiti Have Been Released

Seventeen members of the group, Christian Aid Ministries, had been kidnapped by a gang in October. Five had been released earlier.

#haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government

Three of a Group of Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti Have Been Released

The U.S. Christian aid group said three more people were released from a group of 17 that had been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti. Two had been released last month.

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Eitan Biran Returns to Italy From Israel in Custody Dispute

Eitan Biran, who lost his parents in a cable car crash in Italy this year, had been taken to Israel by his grandfather, who is under investigation for abduction.

#biran-eitan, #cable-cars-and-trams, #israel, #italy, #kidnapping-and-hostages

Eitan Biran Is Expected to Return to Italy

Eitan Biran, who lost his parents in a cable car crash in Italy this year, had been taken to Israel by his grandfather.

#biran-eitan, #israel, #italy, #kidnapping-and-hostages

Two of 17 Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti Are Freed, Group Says

After being held hostage for 37 days by a gang, two people with a U.S. Christian aid group have been released in Port-au-Prince and are described as “safe.”

#400-mawozo-gang, #christian-aid-ministries, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gangs, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries, #moise-jovenel-1968, #state-department

Search for Abducted Children Leads to Traffic Stop, Gunshots and 4 Dead

Law enforcement authorities in two states had been pursuing a former Baltimore County police officer and a female accomplice, who they said kidnapped the officer’s children.

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Gangs Rule Much of Haiti. For Many, It Means No Fuel, No Power, No Food.

A country in crisis is facing a severe fuel shortage that is pushing it to the brink of collapse.

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‘Morally, They Are Lost’: Gangs in Haiti, Breaking a Taboo, Target the Church

A French priest in Haiti recalls his kidnapping by 400 Mawozo, the same gang holding 16 Americans and a Canadian, including children, for ransom.

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The Around-the-Clock Prayer Effort to Save the Haiti Hostages

Seventeen missionaries remain held for a large ransom. And so, every 30 minutes, another family or church takes up the mantle. Waiting. Praying through the night.

#amish, #christian-aid-ministries, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mennonite-churches, #missionaries, #united-states

Haitian Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Missionaries

As negotiators worked to secure the release of 17 people associated with an Ohio-based missionary group, their kidnappers released a video threatening their lives.

#christian-aid-ministries, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries

In Haiti, Gangs Gain Power as Security Vacuum Grows

Gangs have long held sway in the country, but their dominance has expanded in recent years and the government has been accused of using them as tools of repression.

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Kidnappers in Haiti Demand $17 Million to Free Missionary Group

A gang captured a group of aid workers on Saturday and are holding 17 people hostage, including children. Most of those being held are Americans; one is Canadian.

#400-mawozo-gang, #gangs, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries, #port-au-prince-haiti

F.B.I. Is Working in Haiti to Recover Kidnapped Missionaries

The agency is part of the U.S. effort to reach the 17 people taken by a gang on Saturday, in the latest example of the violence that is leaving Haitians desperate.

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Protests Against Lawlessness Erupt in Haiti

The desperation of Haitians in the face of powerful gangs fueled the calls for a broad strike. The kidnapping of missionaries on Saturday added to the tense atmosphere.

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For Christian Aid Ministries, Charity in Haiti Turns to Chaos

An organization based in Ohio and founded by Amish and Mennonites has been swept up in the violence roiling the country.

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Mass Abduction of U.S. Missionaries Startles Even Kidnap-Weary Haiti

“Where is this country going?” Gang members seized 16 Americans and one Canadian, among them five children, as they visited an orphanage.

#amish, #gangs, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mennonite-churches, #missionaries, #politics-and-government

‘400 Mawozo’ Gang Suspected in Kidnapping Among Haiti’s Most Dangerous

The gang, “400 Mawozo,” captured several clergy members in April, and the local authorities say it is behind Saturday’s kidnapping.

#400-mawozo, #gangs, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #port-au-prince-haiti

American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say

Up to 17 missionaries and their family members were taken by gangs in the capital as they were leaving an orphanage Saturday.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries, #moise-jovenel-1968, #port-au-prince-haiti

In China, Abducting Children in a Bid to Gain Custody

For years, thousands of children in China have been taken and hidden. The practice rose along with the nation’s divorce rate. A new law aims to curb the practice.

#child-custody-and-support, #china, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #parenting

Serial Killer Gets 160 Years After Victim’s Sister and Friends Help Solve Case

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, a former security guard from Orange, N.J., was sentenced for murdering three women and kidnapping and attempting to murder a fourth.

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U.S. Charges Ex-Taliban Commander in Killing of 3 Soldiers in ’08 Attack

The man, Haji Najibullah, was charged last year with kidnapping an American journalist and two Afghan nationals months after the deadly assault.

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Book Review: ‘The Taking of Jemima Boone,’ by Matthew Pearl

“The Taking of Jemima Boone,” the first nonfiction book by the novelist Matthew Pearl, recounts a legendary abduction case that complicates our view of relations between settlers and Native Americans during westward expansion.

#books-and-literature, #cooper-james-fenimore, #kentucky, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #native-americans, #pearl-matthew, #revolutionary-war-american-1775-83

3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Seven years after they were captured by the Islamic State, some members of the Iraqi religious minority are still being held captive by fighters in Syria. Others are with families of ISIS militants.

#human-trafficking, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

How a Tip to Obituaries Breathed New Life Into a Decades-Old Mystery

A news assistant on the Obituaries desk describes how information he received while doing a routine part of his job set him on an investigation of a notorious 1975 kidnapping.

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Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ Cell Pleads Guilty in Hostage Cases

Alexanda Kotey admitted that he played a key part in American prisoners’ kidnapping, detention and hostage negotiations. Some of the hostages were beheaded.

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Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ Cell Plans to Plead Guilty in Abuse of Hostages

An upcoming change-of-plea hearing for Alexanda Kotey suggests he is cooperating with prosecutors and could provide details about victims.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Lawyer’s Deathbed Confession About a Sensational 1975 Kidnapping

Samuel Bronfman, heir to the Seagram fortune, was abducted by two men who confessed to the crime. But then their story evolved wildly, and the jury believed it. Was it all a lie?

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Jon Lindbergh, Aviator’s Son Who Took to the Sea, Dies at 88

Family triumph (Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight) and tragedy (the kidnapping “crime of the century”) shaped his early life, but he made his mark in the depths.

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Ruth Pearl, Mother of Murdered Reporter Daniel Pearl, Dies at 85

A reluctant celebrity, she was thrust into the spotlight after his brutal death, and created a foundation in his memory to promote cultural understanding.

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He Hired 2 Men to Kidnap His Wife. They Ended Up Drowning.

Lawrence Handley, 53, a business executive from Lafayette, La., pleaded guilty this week to three criminal charges after a plot to kidnap his estranged wife went badly awry.

#drownings, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lafayette-la, #lawrence-handley

Parents Who Never Stopped Searching Reunite With Son Abducted 24 Years Ago

Guo Gangtang’s cross-country, decades-long search for his son inspired a movie. Now, there’s an ending fit for Hollywood.

#china, #forensic-science, #guo-gangtang, #human-trafficking, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lost-and-love-movie

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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