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boko haram attacks |


now in its eighth year, the fighting in northeastern nigeria has shown little sign of respite.boko haram, known for its contempt of western education, has attacked schools, churches and mosques and used children as "suicide" bombers in its bid to establish an "islamic state" in the country’s northeastern region.at least 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of others maimed in a horrific showdown between boko haram and nigeria’s military in towns and villages since 2010. thousands of others have been abducted, and remain unaccounted for. the 2014 abduction of the 276 chibok schoolgirls led to international outrage and condemnation.in early may 2017, the group released some 82 schoolgirls who had been abducted from chibok in 2014 after almost two years of negotiations.read more: nigeria






philippine abu sayyaf jihadists behead german hostage in video


image copyrightafpimage caption juergen kantner and sabine merz had been abducted before - off somalia in 2008 islamic militants in the philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a german hostage.juergen kantner was abducted from his yacht off malaysia's sabah state in november. his companion sabine merz's body was later found on the boat.a deadline for a 30m peso (£483,000; $600,000) ransom expired on sunday.mr kantner, 70, and ms merz had been abducted before. they were held for 52 days in 2008 by somali pirates and were released after a ransom was paid.the video, reported by the site militancy-monitoring group, shows mr kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man.government envoy jesus dureza confirmed the killing."up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed






philippine abu sayyaf jihadists behead german hostage in video


image copyrightafpimage caption juergen kantner and sabine merz had been abducted before - off somalia in 2008 islamic militants in the philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a german hostage.juergen kantner was abducted from his yacht off malaysia's sabah state in november. his companion sabine merz's body was later found on the boat.a deadline for a 30m peso (£483,000; $600,000) ransom expired on sunday.mr kantner, 70, and ms merz had been abducted before. they were held for 52 days in 2008 by somali pirates and were released after a ransom was paid.the video, reported by the site militancy-monitoring group, shows mr kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man.government envoy jesus dureza confirmed the killing."up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed






south sudan rebels release 3 abducted foreign oil workers


juba, south sudan — south sudanese rebels say they have released three oil workers — two indians and a pakistani — after they were abducted and held for three weeks amid the country's civil war.a statement by rebel leader riek machar says the men were released and the indian and pakistani embassies were notified.india's ambassador to south sudan, srikumar menon, told the associated press on friday that "it's a big relief that it's over."the three men released thursday were subcontractors for dar petroleum, a consortium of oil exploration and production companies based in south sudan's capital, juba. it was not clear why they were kidnapped in the upper nile region.the two indian nationals have been taken to the capital of neighboring sudan and are said to be unharmed.






south sudan rebels say they've abducted 2 indian engineers


kampala, uganda — south sudan's armed opposition says it has abducted two indian engineers and accused them of working with the government.it was not clear when the abduction in oil-rich upper nile state occurred. the east african country has been devastated by three years of civil war, and its oil industry is a key source of income.opposition spokesman william gatjiath deng said saturday the two indian nationals would be held until a decision is made by opposition leader riek machar, who is in exile in south africa.another opposition spokesman, mabior garang, says ransom or other demands are unlikely because they would be "would be inconsistent with our objectives."spokesmen for south sudan's army were not immediately available for comment. the indian embassy in south sudan had no immedia






jane priebe, allegedly abducted, found bound with chains, police say


las vegas -- new mexico state police say the woman allegedly abducted from her las vegas home was found in the back of a van bound with chains around her body which were padlocked and handcuffs around her wrists, cbs affiliate klas reports. the woman, identified as 28-year-old jane priebe, was forcibly taken from her apartment monday morning, metro police said.she was found in espanola, new mexico monday evening when new mexico police spotted the van traveling on a highway and pulled it over.priebe was taken to the hospital for evaluation and released.jack morgan and samuel brown were both taken into custody. charges against the men are pending.






don't forget us, says chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches


image copyrightapimage caption the abducted chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity for almost three years a chibok schoolgirl who escaped from boko haram militants in nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity.next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 girls.the militants are still holding about 195 of the young women.the pupil, speaking under a pseudonym, told an education conference in dubai: "these girls are human beings, not something that we can forget about."the abduction of the schoolgirls in north-eastern nigeria in april 2014 by the islamist militant group caused a global outcry - and prompted campaigns about girls' right to education.but almost three years later most of the abducted chibok schoolgi






don't forget us, says chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches


image copyrightapimage caption the abducted chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity for almost three years a chibok schoolgirl who escaped from boko haram militants in nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity.next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 girls.the militants are still holding about 195 of the young women.the pupil, speaking under a pseudonym, told an education conference in dubai: "these girls are human beings, not something that we can forget about."the abduction of the schoolgirls in north-eastern nigeria in april 2014 by the islamist militant group caused a global outcry - and prompted campaigns about girls' right to education.but almost three years later most of the abducted chibok schoolgi






toddler abducted at gunpoint found safe


montclair, calif. -- a toddler who was abducted by her father at gunpoint in southern california has been found safe,  reports  cbs los angeles.thirty-eight-year-old daniel segura was spotted driving with his 1-year-old daughter lexi in montclair tuesday. segura was arrested and the child was recovered.authorities had been searching for the pair since monday. police say daniel segura was at a friend’s house monday in rancho cucamonga and began arguing with his estranged wife, who is the child’s mother. that’s when authorities say he pulled out a gun and took the toddler.police say segura had threatened “suicide by cop” -- a tactic in which someone intent on killing themselves deliberately provokes a police officer to do the job for them.police say segura will be booked on suspicion of chil






toddler abducted at gunpoint found safe


montclair, calif. -- a toddler who was abducted by her father at gunpoint in southern california has been found safe, reports  cbs los angeles.thirty-eight-year-old daniel segura was spotted driving with his 1-year-old daughter lexi in montclair tuesday. segura was arrested and the child was recovered.authorities had been searching for the pair since monday. police say daniel segura was at a friend’s house monday in rancho cucamonga and began arguing with his estranged wife, who is the child’s mother. that’s when authorities say he pulled out a gun and took the toddler.police say segura had threatened “suicide by cop” -- a tactic in which someone intent on killing themselves deliberately provokes a police officer to do the job for them.police say segura will be booked on suspicion of child






nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for german hostages


kaduna, nigeria — a worker at a nigerian excavation site says kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a german archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a remote northern village.the worker says he heard the demand in a telephone call thursday to the site supervisor. the caller warned not to involve police or security forces.authorities already are searching around jenjela village in kaduna state, where gunmen on wednesday abducted professor peter breunig and associate johannes behringer.the worker spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.police did not immediately comment friday.the 65-year-old breunig and behringer, who is in his 20s, are part of a four-person team from frankfurt's goethe universit






police: man killed baby's mom, abducted boy; both found safe


delta, ohio — police in ohio say a man shot and killed the mother of his 10-month-old son and abducted the boy before being caught in indiana.delta police chief nathan hartsock says authorities tracked james ramey's cellphone to fulton county, indiana, where he was found with the boy tuesday. the child wasn't hurt.police say ramey will be charged with aggravated murder and other counts.the baby's maternal grandfather tells media outlets in northwestern ohio that ramey broke into the family's house early tuesday and shot his daughter in the chest.he says she later died at a hospital.several media outlets report that ramey earlier had been charged with domestic violence and that he was due in court later this month on a charge of violating a temporary protection order.






authorities: colombian national abducted in southern mali


bamako, mali — authorities say a colombian working with the catholic church in southern mali has been abducted in the latest kidnapping to strike the vast sahel region.commandant modibo naman traore, spokesman for the west african nation's intelligence service, said armed gunmen seized the victim late tuesday near the border with burkina faso.there has been no official claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place in the village of karangana. traore said the kidnappers could have crossed over from burkina faso, where extremists still hold an australian doctor hostage.other recent western hostages taken include a french-swiss woman who was living in northern mali and an american who had long worked in niger.the burkina faso-mali border region has been increasingly unstable in the






man arrested after abducted woman escapes from trunk


birmingham, ala. (ap) — a man recently freed from prison in alabama is accused of abducting a woman whose dramatic escape from her car trunk was captured on video.birmingham police announced wednesday night that 28-year-old manuel ali towns has been charged with kidnapping and robbery in the abduction of 25-year-old brittany diggs earlier this month. towns was detained tuesday.authorities say towns abducted diggs and made her drive around before putting her in the car trunk. she escaped by opening an interior trunk latch. surveillance cameras at a gas station convenience store captured images of her tumbling from the trunk.al.com (http://bit.ly/2nqzefz ) reports that records show towns was freed from prison in january after serving more than five years for marijuana possession. his record






philippine abu sayyaf jihadists behead german hostage in video


image copyrightafpimage caption jurgen kantner and sabine merz had been abducted before - off somalia in 2008 islamic militants in the philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a german hostage.jurgen kantner was abducted from his yacht off malaysia's sabah state in november. his companion sabine merz's body was later found on the boat.a deadline for a 30m peso (£483,000; $600,000) ransom expired on sunday.mr kantner, 70, and ms merz had been abducted before. they were held for 52 days in 2008 by somali pirates and were released after a ransom was paid.the video, reported by the site militancy-monitoring group, shows mr kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man.government envoy jesus dureza confirmed the killing."up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed fo






amber alert called for 2 girls taken in northern california


greenville, calif. (ap) — the california highway patrol says two girls have been abducted in northern california.an amber alert is in effect saturday for 14-year-old solai pomtong and 9-year-old laila pomtong.the chp says the two girls were abducted friday afternoon from greenville in plumas county.they say 33-year-old alicia lapp is a suspect.the chp gave no details on the abduction and provided no information on the relationship between the girls and the suspect.the girls are described as asian. solai is 5-foot-5 inches tall and 130 pounds and laila is 4-foot-6 and 60 pounds.lapp is a 5-foot-2 white woman who weighs 105 pounds.they’re believed to be in a 2016 black toyota prius with california license plate number 7uhh003.greenville is a city of about 1,100 people about 150 miles northea






afghan official: taliban attack kills 5 in northern village


kabul, afghanistan — an afghan official says that a taliban attack on a village in northern faryab province has killed five members of the local police force.karim yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the taliban gained control of the village, located in the shirin tagab district, following the surprise attack on wednesday.he says five insurgents were also killed and two others were wounded in the battle.qari yusouf ahamdi, a taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.in neighboring jawzjan province, insurgents abducted about 50 local farmers in darzab district.mohammad reza ghafori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the tribal elders are trying to secure their release. he says the motive behind the kidnapping isn't yet clear.the taliban have not






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police search for 'monster' who abducted, sexually assaulted 4-year-old girl


the girl was stolen off the street as she was playing with friends and found later in banning park.       






police: girl, 4, abducted in delaware was sexually assaulted


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south african baby girl abducted in durban found safe and well


image copyrightsouth african police serviceimage caption siwaphiwe mbambo was abducted when her mother's car was taken in durban a one-month-old girl abducted in an apparent car-jacking in the south african city of durban on friday has been found safe and well.police stopped a vehicle between durban and pietermaritzburg at about midnight on saturday and found siwaphiwe mbambo. three people have been arrested, one of them the baby's mother, police said.two suspects had allegedly car-jacked her vehicle, driving off with the baby.the abduction sparked a huge media campaign and a search by 100 officers.police had recovered the mother's abandoned toyota yaris in montclair, southern durban, at about 15:00 local time (13:00 gmt) on friday.but a spokesman for south african marshall security, kyle






south african baby girl abducted in durban found safe and well


image copyrightsouth african police serviceimage caption siwaphiwe mbambo was abducted when her mother's car was taken in durban a one-month-old girl abducted in an apparent car-jacking in the south african city of durban on friday has been found safe and well.police stopped a vehicle between durban and pietermaritzburg at about midnight on saturday and found siwaphiwe mbambo. three people have been arrested, one of them the baby's mother, police said.two suspects had allegedly car-jacked her vehicle, driving off with the baby.the abduction sparked a huge media campaign and a search by 100 officers.police had recovered the mother's abandoned toyota yaris in montclair, southern durban, at about 15:00 local time (13:00 gmt) on friday.but a spokesman for south african marshall security, kyle






pakistani officials say india abducted retired army officer


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philippines: vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted


manila, philippines — gunmen attacked a vietnamese cargo ship off the philippines' southern tip, killing a vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said monday.coast guard spokesman armand balilo said the vietnamese coast guard reported that the mv giang hai, with 17 crewmen on board, was attacked by pirates sunday night about 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of pearl bank in tawi-tawi, the philippines' southernmost province.personnel of the philippine coast guard, police and marines found the ship had drifted near the province's baguan island. upon boarding the vessel, they found 10 vietnamese sailors alive and one dead.pham van hien, head of the safety department of pham hai shipping company, the owner of th






father of chibok girls, 3 years on: 'i lost my peace' |


abuja, nigeria - enoch mark shuffles along the main corridor in his apartment in a busy neighbourhood in the nigerian capital.he walks with a slight limp and has a stiff upper lip after a massive stroke last year. this is just one of the many ailments he's suffered from in the past three years since two of his daughters were abducted by the boko haram armed group from their high school in the northeastern town of chibok."i lost my two daughters. i lost my peace. i lost my job," he says. he perches on a balcony, overlooking the street below where a handful of people gather outside a church. after a while, mark sighs."time will tell. they will be free one day one time. i'm still hopeful. i'm still hopeful."to date, the nigerian government has not found any of the 276 schoolgirls who were abd






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fighting famine in war-torn south sudan in south sudan, 5m people don't know where their next meal is coming from and, of them, 100,000 are starving and face death. if not for humanitarian efforts, millions could die






aid workers kidnapped in famine-hit south sudan | news


aid workers employed by a us-based christian charity have been abducted in famine-hit south sudan and negotiations were ongoing for their release.the local aid workers were taken from a village near mayendit in unity state, where a famine has been declared, 680km northeast of the capital, juba.the circumstances of the kidnappings was unclear."the rebels attacked and abducted eight local staff from samaritan's purse and they are being held to ransom," brigadier-general lul ruai koang told reuters news agency.however, the rebels dismissed as "propaganda" the military's claim of a kidnapping, the associated press reported.read more: famine 'largest humanitarian crisis in history of un'the charity confirmed the abductions in a statement, but denied a ransom had been demanded."we have been in c






aid workers kidnapped in famine-hit south sudan | news


aid workers employed by a us-based christian charity have been abducted in famine-hit south sudan and negotiations were ongoing for their release.the local aid workers were taken from a village near mayendit in unity state, where a famine has been declared, 680km northeast of the capital, juba.the circumstances of the kidnappings were unclear."the rebels attacked and abducted eight local staff from samaritan's purse and they are being held to ransom," brigadier-general lul ruai koang told reuters news agency.however, the rebels dismissed as "propaganda" the military's claim of a kidnapping, the associated press reported.read more: famine 'largest humanitarian crisis in history of un'the charity confirmed the abductions in a statement, but denied a ransom had been demanded."we have been in






cops: dad threatens "suicide by cop," abducts toddler at gunpoint


rancho cucamonga, calif. -- police in southern california are searching for a missing toddler after officials say she was abducted at gunpoint by her father, who threatened “suicide by cop” -- a tactic in which someone intent on killing themselves deliberately provokes a police officer to do the job for them.authorities say one-year-old lexi segura was abducted by her father, 38-year-old daniel segura, and the pair was last seen in a 2012 red mitsubishi galant, reports cbs la. an amber alert was issued for the child, but it was canceled when the car was found abandoned overnight in pomona. the search for the man and the girl continues.police say daniel segura was at a friend’s house monday in rancho cucamonga and began arguing with his estranged wife, who is the child’s mother. that’s when






indiana woman says she smothered kids to death to save them


elkhart, ind. (ap) — an indiana woman told detectives she smothered her two young children to death because she feared they would be tortured by members of a drug cartel, newly-released documents show.amber pasztor, 29, of fort wayne had a history of bipolar disorder and often failed to take medication, according to hundreds of pages of documents released this week by the indiana department of child services.the records include an account of an interview pasztor gave elkhart police in which she said the cartel already had “hacked the children’s father to pieces” and would kill her and the children next. she said she didn’t want her kids to die like that, so she “smothered them with a pillow so they could die peacefully.”the whitley county sheriff’s office has said the children’s father, re






the latest: turkish troops, fighters enter al-bab center


geneva — the latest on developments in syria and the geneva talks (all times local):2 pm.the turkish defense minister has confirmed that turkish troops and allied syrian fighters have entered the center of the islamic state-held town of al-bab.fikri isik told reporters on thursday that the forces were continuing sweeping the area for remaining insurgents, adding that the town would soon be totally cleared of the extremists."al-bab is almost totally taken under control and (the forces) have entered the center," isik said. "we will be able to say that al-bab is fully cleared of daesh once the sweeping activity is concluded."he was using the arabic name for the is group.___1:55 p.m.the u.n. envoy for syria has held a moment of silence with a group of syrian women bearing a message that expres






pakistani officials say india abducted retired army officer


islamabad — a pakistani retired army officer was lured to nepal with a job prospect before being seized by indian intelligence, which hopes to use him to secure the release of an indian agent sentenced to death by pakistan, security officials said tuesday.according to two senior security officials, indian agents abducted lt. col. mohammad habib, who went missing on april 6 after arriving in nepal. they said habib's abduction was aimed at pressuring pakistan to release kulbhushan jadhav, an indian naval officer convicted of espionage who was sentenced to death on april 10.both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters about the case. indian officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.one of the officials said records s






amber alert canceled: abducted child found after woman stabbed


authorities have canceled an amber alert after a child who was kidnapped during a domestic situation early tuesday in minneapolis was found and is safe.the suspect in the abduction has been arrested, minneapolis police said.the 2½-year old boy was found safe shortly after 9 a.m. in the 3200 block of clinton avenue s., the bureau of criminal apprehension said.police arrested 26-year-old hershel theo hulbert, who allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend during a domestic situation on the 2000 block of 3rd avenue s. near franklin avenue about 5:50 a.m.officers responding to the call that came in found a woman who had been stabbed in the leg and her child was gone, believed to have been taken by hulbert who is a noncustodial parent, said sgt. catherine michal.the woman was taken to hennepin county






the nigerian woman standing up to boko haram


it has been three years since more than 270 girls were abducted from the dormitory of a secondary school in nigeria by militant islamist group boko haram. most of the girls from the town of chibok are still missing.bbc hausa’s jimeh saleh met one woman who has joined one of the vigilante groups trying to fight back against boko haram.






philippines: vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted


manila, philippines (ap) — gunmen attacked a vietnamese cargo ship off the philippines’ southern tip, killing a vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel’s captain, the philippine coast guard and the ship’s owner said monday.coast guard spokesman armand balilo said the vietnamese coast guard reported that the mv giang hai, with 17 crewmen on board, was attacked by pirates sunday night about 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of pearl bank in tawi-tawi, the philippines’ southernmost province.personnel of the philippine coast guard, police and marines found the ship had drifted near the province’s baguan island. upon boarding the vessel, they found 10 vietnamese sailors alive and one dead.pham van hien, head of the safety department of pham hai shipping company, the owner






philippines: 2 malaysians rescued from abu sayyaf militants


jolo, philippines (ap) — two malaysian sailors held captive for eight months by muslim militants were rescued thursday in the southern philippines, military officials said.the two were weak and sick when marines rescued them from abu sayyaf militants before dawn in waters near sulu province’s pata island, said major gen. carlito g. galvez, jr., a regional military commander.they were taken to a military hospital for a checkup.tayudin anjut, 45, and abdurahim bin sumas, 62, were among five malaysian tugboat crewmen kidnapped in july off malaysia’s sabah state near the southern philippines.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.officials said the two were abandoned without a fight by their captors as a naval patrol closed in.abu sayyaf militants survive mostly on ransom ki






kamiyah mobley case: woman accused of kidnapping baby in 1998 enters plea


bycrimesider staffcbs/apfebruary 9, 2017, 11:29 amkamiyah mobley, left, and gloria williamsjacksonville, fla. - the woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a jacksonville hospital in 1998 and raising the as her own appeared in a florida court thursday, reports cbs affiliate wjax.playvideocbs this morning abducted as baby reunites with parents 18 years later a who was abducted from a florida hospital in 1998 was reunited with her parents after nearly two decades. investigators found 18-year-old k... gloria williams pleaded not guilty in the kidnapping of kamiyah mobley, whom she raised as her daughter in south carolina. williams is being held without bond. mobley was only eight hours old when she was taken from her young mother by a woman posing as a nurse at university medical center. a m






nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for german scientists


kaduna, nigeria (ap) — kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a german archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed friday.the worker said he heard a man make the demand in a telephone call thursday to the site’s supervisor. the caller warned him not to involve police or security forces, said the worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.police special forces and a special investigative team for kidnappings have been searching around the village of jenjela in the state of kaduna, where gunmen on wednesday abducted professor peter breunig and his associate






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n