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Isidro Garcia (L), 41, and his attorney Charles Frisco. ©Reuters/Alex Gallardo
Snatched women defend US kidnap victim

So why didn't she just leave? That's the question being increasingly asked in California after a 25-year-old woman came forward saying she had been kidnapped a decade ago and held against her will, while being repeatedly sexually abused.

Snatched women defend US kidnap victim
Joel Javier Rodriguez Fuentes. Photo courtesy of milenio.com
Mexico arrests suspected mastermind of mass kidnapping

Mexican authorities have arrested the man suspected of ordering the murder of 13 young people who were kidnapped in a brazen daytime abduction in the capital last year.

Mexico arrests suspected mastermind of mass kidnapping
U.S. troops. ©Reuters/Mark Wilson
US deploys troops to Chad to hunt for Nigerian girls

The United States has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, who are blamed for a spree of deadly attacks this week including a massive car-bombing.

US deploys troops to Chad to hunt for Nigerian girls
Kidnap and sexual assault suspect Isidro Garcia. ©Reuters/Santa Ana Police Department
US kidnap, sex abuse victim found alive after 10 years

California police have arrested a 41-year-old man accused of kidnapping a teenager and sexually abusing her for a decade, after the alleged victim got in touch via Facebook.

US kidnap, sex abuse victim found alive after 10 years
Abu Hamza. ©Reuters
British preacher Abu Hamza guilty on US terror charges

A New York jury convicted British hate preacher Abu Hamza on 11 kidnapping and terrorism charges Monday, opening the way for a judge to impose what will almost certainly be a life sentence.

British preacher Abu Hamza guilty on US terror charges
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Iraq election candidate kidnapped as attacks kill 16

Militants kidnapped an Iraqi election candidate Sunday as attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq killed 16 people and officials prepared to announce the results of last month's vote.

Iraq election candidate kidnapped as attacks kill 16
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Five MSF aid workers freed in Syria

Five aid workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who were kidnapped in Syria in January have been freed, the medical charity said.

Five MSF aid workers freed in Syria
Anthony Loyd. Photo courtesy of fpalondon.org
British journalists shot and beaten in Syria kidnapping

Two British journalists were recovering in Turkey on Thursday after being shot and beaten by rebel kidnappers while covering the Syrian conflict, the Times reported.

British journalists shot and beaten in Syria kidnapping
Fawaz Aitan. Photo courtesy of jordantimes.com
Jordan ambassador kidnapped in Libya last month now free: TV

The Jordanian ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Aitan, who was kidnapped in Tripoli last month, has been freed, state television in the North African country said on Tuesday.

Jordan ambassador kidnapped in Libya last month now free: TV
International effort widens for missing Nigerian schoolgirls
International effort widens for missing Nigerian schoolgirls

International efforts have widened to trace more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamists militants in Nigeria, while France has called for African leaders to hold a summit focused on the issue.

International effort widens for missing Nigerian schoolgirls
©Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani
Militants kidnap, kill 20 Iraqi soldiers: officials

Militants attacked a military base in north Iraq, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later shot them dead, police and a morgue employee said.

Militants kidnap, kill 20 Iraqi soldiers: officials
Boko Haram holding 223 Nigerian schoolgirls: police
Boko Haram holding 223 Nigerian schoolgirls: police

Nigerian police on Friday said Boko Haram militants were holding 223 girls of the 276 seized from their school in the country's northeast, revising upwards the number of youngsters abducted.

Boko Haram holding 223 Nigerian schoolgirls: police
©Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
15 dead as Philippines battles Islamic militants

The Philippine military said Wednesday it had launched an air and ground assault against Islamic militants wanted for a spate of kidnappings, with 14 militants and one soldier killed in the clashes.

15 dead as Philippines battles Islamic militants
Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears
Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears

British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York.

Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears
Robert Bill. Photo courtesy of english.alarabiya.net
Morocco jails British paedophile for 20 years: NGO

Morocco Tuesday jailed a British man, previously convicted of child sex offences, for 20 years for kidnapping and attempting to rape three young girls, a rights activist at the trial said.

Morocco jails British paedophile for 20 years: NGO
Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school
Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said.

Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school
©Reuters/Max Rossi
Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports said on Saturday.

Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon
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When traditions violate human rights: bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan

Members of the Lower Chamber of the Kazakhstan Parliament are considering toughening of the punishment for bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan.

When traditions violate human rights: bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan
©Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar
Two Mexican clowns detained over kidnapping

Two men who worked as clowns named "Pistachon" and "Freski Star" in western Mexico have been arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping, authorities said Thursday.

Two Mexican clowns detained over kidnapping
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Bride kidnapping is medieval: Governor of South Kazakhstan oblast

Askar Myrzakhmetov, Akim (Governor) of South Kazakhstan oblast, has called bride kidnapping a medieval act.

Bride kidnapping is medieval: Governor of South Kazakhstan oblast