Hostage situations

Special police operate outside the Cologne, western Germany, train station Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Cologne police closed parts of the western German city’s main train station after a man took a woman hostage in a pharmacy inside. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A man who held a woman hostage at Cologne's main train station also injured two other people Monday, and police said his motives weren't clear but they were investigating if he had extremist connections or beliefs. The hostage was taken to a hospital after her ordeal, but it wasn't...
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Police forces stand at the Cologne, western Germany, main station Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, after they have closed parts of the station because of a hostage situation. Police said that incident appears to have started Monday at a pharmacy inside the train station. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 9:19 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on hostage situation at Cologne train station (all times local): 3:15 p.m. German police say they've freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne's main train station and have her captor in custody. Police spokesman Christoph Schulte said that officers have stormed...
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Denis Mukwege, center, celebrates with his staff after learning he has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mukwege, 63, founded the hospital and has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country. "The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war," the Nobel committee said in its citation Friday. (Norwegian Church Aid via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 11:53 am
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:50 p.m. President Donald Trump hasn't commented on the new Nobel Peace Prize winners but his new ambassador to Congo has. U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer says in a Twitter post: "Congratulations Dr. Denis Mukwege!...
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Authorities direct traffic on Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood where several law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
October 03, 2018 - 11:07 pm
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Seven South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday, one fatally, in a confrontation with a man who held children hostage as he fired on the officers, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody and the children weren't hurt after a two-hour standoff in an...
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September 25, 2018 - 6:57 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it documented 16 cases in...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart looks on during a news conference in Sandy, Utah. Wanda Barzee, a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 13, 2018 - 4:39 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart is set to discuss the surprise announcement that one of the people who kidnapped her when she was 14 will be released from prison earlier than expected. Smart will hold a news conference Thursday on the release of 72-year-old Wanda Barzee, who pleaded guilty to...
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September 12, 2018 - 5:24 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's last-remaining rebel group has freed six people it took captive last month amid demands from President Ivan Duque that it release all hostages and cease kidnapping in order for peace talks to resume. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it took part...
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August 25, 2018 - 9:18 am
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 16 children are among nearly 30 civilians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in southern Syria a month ago and are being used as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations with the Syrian government and its ally Russia, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The rights watchdog said...
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Map locates Khan Abad in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters took at least 100 people hostage; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
August 20, 2018 - 11:45 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if limited battlefield success for the troops after weeks of unrelenting insurgent attacks...
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August 05, 2018 - 1:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research...
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