Hostage situations

Col. Cristian Rueda Ramos, one of several police officers who has been detained by anti-governments protesters, is made to hold an indigenous banner, don a national flag as a cape and a fedora-styled hat, while presented on a stage at the Casa de Cultura in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. An indigenous leader and four other people have died in unrest in Ecuador since last week, the public defender's office said Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 10, 2019 - 6:12 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Anti-government protesters paraded captive police officers on a stage Thursday, defying Ecuadorian authorities who are seeking dialogue with opponents, particularly indigenous groups, after more than a week of deadly unrest. The brazen act occurred in the capital of Quito at a...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed "The Beatles," speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a security center in Kobani, Syria, Friday, March 30, 2018. The men said that their home country's revoking of their citizenship denies them a fair trial. "The Beatles" terror cell is believed to have captured, tortured and killed hostages including American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
October 10, 2019 - 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman whose son was killed by the Islamic State said Thursday that she is hopeful the transfer to U.S. custody of two British militants brings them a step closer to criminal charges. Diane Foley told The Associated Press that she would like to see the men prosecuted in...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed "The Beatles," speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a security center in Kobani, Syria, Friday, March 30, 2018. The men said that their home country's revoking of their citizenship denies them a fair trial. "The Beatles" terror cell is believed to have captured, tortured and killed hostages including American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
October 10, 2019 - 4:10 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday. The officials said the IS members were expected to be handed over by Friday. They spoke on condition of...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 09, 2019 - 11:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on Turkish offensive in Syria (all times local): 6 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's worried Turkey's campaign in Syria will lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group. He told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday that he was "deeply...
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September 29, 2019 - 11:55 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels Sunday claimed they launched a major attack on the border of Saudi Arabia, releasing video purporting to show captive Saudi soldiers and equipment. The images of the attack released by the rebels, known as Houthis, show armored vehicles with stenciled Saudi...
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President Donald Trump and Robert O'Brien, just named as the new national security adviser, speak to the media at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 18, 2019 - 8:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person...
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In this frame grab from video provided by TV Globo, an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus, steps outside of the bus momentarily on the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The man threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff broadcast live on television. (TV Globo via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 5:10 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff on Latin America's longest bridge. All the hostages were freed unharmed on a 13-...
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People wait at a blocked access of the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 during a hostage standoff. An armed man holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus and threatening to set the vehicle on fire was seized by police after a four-hour long standoff, Brazilian police said. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
August 20, 2019 - 9:24 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on a hostage taking on a bus in Brazil (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Rio de Janeiro's state governor says an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus has died after being shot by police following a four-hour long standoff. Gov. Wilson Witzel said the hostages...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 05, 2019 - 12:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American journalist James Foley was kidnapped in Syria and then killed by Islamic State militants in 2014 — his death seen in a video circulated online. For Diane Foley it was a galvanizing moment, emblematic of the helplessness she felt during her son's captivity and the lack of...
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Robert C. O'Brien, U.S. Special Envoy Ambassador, centre, arrives at the district court where US rapper A$AP Rocky is to appear on charges of assault, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday July 30, 2019. American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other men believed to be members of his entourage are going on trial Tuesday in Sweden in a high-profile legal case that has caught the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump and rallied music and entertainment celebrities among others. (Erik Simander / TT via AP)
July 30, 2019 - 6:01 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial in Sweden opened Tuesday, a month after a street fight that landed him in jail and became a topic of U.S.-Swedish diplomacy. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused with two others of beating a 19-year-...
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