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American tourists kidnapped in Egypt, official saysupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 11:52:00

Two American tourists and their guide were kidnapped Friday in the Sinai region of Egypt, authorities said.

Abducted aid workers freed in Kenya updated: Mon Jul 02 2012 14:30:00

Four aid workers, who were abducted from Kenya's vast Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border last week, were freed late Sunday during a shootout with kidnappers, a military official said..

Freed aid worker: Happy to be aliveupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 14:30:00

Four aid workers are free after a shoot-out in southern Somalia. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Kidnappers free U.S. tourists in Egypt's Sinai region, official saysupdated: Thu May 31 2012 08:55:00

Two American tourists kidnapped Thursday in Egypt's Sinai region have been released, an official in South Sinai said.

Americans kidnapped at gunpoint in Egyptupdated: Thu May 31 2012 08:55:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on two American tourists who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Egypt's Sinai region.

Missing children, perception vs. realityupdated: Fri May 25 2012 17:07:00

May 25, National Missing Children's Day, is a day on which we honor and remember missing children. This date was chosen specifically because it is the date in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz went missing on his way to school in New York.

Kidnapped aid worker pleads for lifeupdated: Mon May 14 2012 02:25:00

An American aid worker kidnapped by al Qaeda in Pakistan pleads for his life. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Attacks on aid workers rising in Pakistanupdated: Mon May 14 2012 02:25:00

In a three-minute video posted to the internet, Warren Weinstein begs the U.S. President to meet the demands of his Pakistani kidnappers in return for his life.

Official: Kidnapped foreign diplomat freed in Venezuelaupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:45:00

A Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela has been freed, Venezuela's minister for justice and the interior said Tuesday.

Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuelaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 12:40:00

Authorities are investigating the kidnapping of a Costa Rican diplomat in Venezuela, officials said Monday.

Bedouin kidnappers free 4 captives, Egyptian official saysupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 07:19:00

Two Brazilian tourists, their guide and a police officer who were kidnapped by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt's southern Sinai Peninsula all have been freed, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Jonathan: Nigeria takes share of blame for failed hostage rescueupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:36:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday he takes some of the responsibility for a failed hostage rescue attempt in which an Italian and a British man died.

FARC says no more ransom kidnappingsupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 10:07:00

Colombian rebel group FARC promises to free all military and police hostages and to cease kidnapping for money.

2 kidnapped Americans released in Egypt, authorities sayupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 11:18:00

Two American tourists who were kidnapped in the southern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were freed Friday, a security official said.

U.N.: Aid workers kidnapped in Yemen releasedupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 18:00:00

Seven aid workers who were kidnapped in Yemen have been released, the United Nations said in a statement Thursday.

6 aid workers kidnapped in Yemenupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 12:14:00

Six aid workers were kidnapped Tuesday in Yemen's Mahweet province, according to a senior Interior Ministry official.

Two aid workers kidnapped in Pakistanupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 07:41:00

At least three gunmen have kidnapped two foreign aid workers in Punjab Province in central Pakistan, police said Friday.

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:17:00

VICE travels to Kyrgyzstan to investigate the Central Asian tradition of bride kidnapping.

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:17:00

"We are breaking the law," says Madiev Tynchtyk, a member of local government in a small village outside of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, "but here everyone understands this is a tradition and you can't change it." Madiev kidnapped his wife, Elmira more than 10 years ago. He is one of the many Kyrgyz men who have gotten married through the Central Asian practice of bride kidnapping.

Authorities arrest additional suspects in MLB player's kidnappingupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 11:24:00

Authorities have arrested five additional suspects connected with last week's kidnapping of major league baseball player Wilson Ramos, Venezuelan officials said Monday.

Venezuelan TV: Kidnapped MLB catcher 'found alive'updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 23:59:00

Major league catcher Wilson Ramos has been "found alive," two days after he was reported kidnapped by gunmen, Venezuelan state TV reported Friday.

Major league catcher kidnapped in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 12:30:00

Venezuelan federal authorities on Thursday dispatched their "best investigators" to track the kidnappers of Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos, the country's justice minister said.

Kidnap victim files complaint, blasting feds' 'inexcusable' lack of oversightupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 19:20:00

Jaycee Dugard filed a complaint against the federal government Thursday, seeking compensation for what she called its failures to track the man who held her captive for 18 years.

Heroes thwart kidnapping of girlupdated: Sat Aug 20 2011 00:55:00

Find out what neighbors did to save a kidnapped girl in New Mexico in this exclusive Dr. Drew web interview.

Colombian guerrillas convicted of kidnapping Americanupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:22:00

Three members of a Colombian paramilitary organization were convicted Tuesday in federal court in New York for their role in the kidnapping of an American who was held hostage in a jungle camp for nearly a year.

Estonian bicyclists abducted in Lebanon plead for help in videoupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 18:30:00

A video showing seven Estonians pleading for help in gaining their release -- a month after they were abducted while bicycling in Lebanon -- makes it clear their kidnappers "want to keep contact," Estonia's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Inspiritational best-seller inaccurate?updated: Mon Apr 18 2011 10:37:00

CNN's American Morning speaks to CNN's national security analyst about allegations that Greg Mortenson's book is bogus.

'Three Cups of Tea': Served with a grain of salt?updated: Mon Apr 18 2011 10:37:00

Greg Mortenson, the high-profile advocate of girls' education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been forced to defend his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time," against charges that key stories in it are false.

Report: Thousands of migrants kidnapped in Mexicoupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 13:05:00

In Mexico, a man who tried to journey illegally into the United States to seek work vows that he will never again leave his home.

How to guard against baby snatchersupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 10:43:00

Three weeks ago, while recovering in the hospital after giving birth to a baby girl, Rena Jones was amped up and on guard.

Kidnapped by the Talibanupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 11:38:00

In November 2009, Norwegian freelance journalist Paul Refsdal is riding in a pick-up truck on a dusty track of Afghan road. The Taliban have kidnapped him.

Court appearance for Mexican woman, children accused in kidnappingsupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:55:00

A woman and her three children arrested this week for participating in kidnappings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon, the Chihuahua state attorney general's office told CNN.

Cartel violence, kidnapping haunt university in Mexicoupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 12:46:00

A college student at one of Mexico's top universities gets kidnapped. His abductors use his cell phone to text a friend: "Meet me here."

Parents of abducted kids plead for actionupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 15:55:00

"The world is really big when you're looking for a teeny little girl," said Erin Runnion, describing the helplessness she felt after her child was abducted.

Every parent's nightmareupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 15:55:00

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell brings you the stories of five parents whose children were abducted.

Nigerian Police: Kidnapped children freeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 06:49:00

Authorities in Nigeria have recovered 15 schoolchildren who were snatched by kidnappers earlier this week, a police spokesman said Friday.

Kids seized in Nigeria all locals, police sayupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 13:43:00

Police in Nigeria have confirmed that the 15 schoolchildren whisked away by kidnappers earlier this week were all Nigerian nationals.

Nigerian president intensifies search for kidnapped childrenupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 13:32:00

Nigeria's president ordered security forces Tuesday to step up their search for 15 children kidnapped in the country's southeastern region when gunmen hijacked a school bus.

Freed Japanese journalist says Taliban didn't kidnap himupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 05:14:00

A Japanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped for five months in Afghanistan and released Saturday says his kidnappers weren't members of the Taliban, but corrupt Afghan soldiers.

Talking with the Talibanupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 05:14:00

New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped by the Taliban, discusses efforts to reach out to them.

Drug cartel behind Mexican journalists' kidnapping, official saysupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 10:26:00

Mexico's top security official says the Sinaloa drug cartel was likely behind the kidnapping of a group of four journalists, two of whom were freed in a police rescue.

Top Mexican drug lord killedupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 10:26:00

Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a top Mexican drug lord, is killed during a raid by the Mexican army. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Two Germans freed after Nigeria kidnappingupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 13:57:00

The two German citizens kidnapped last Sunday in a Nigerian region where many foreigners have been abducted are now free, Germany's foreign minister said Saturday.

Kidnapped boy freedupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 06:48:00

A British boy kidnapped in Pakistan has been freed. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Three charged in kidnapping of British boy in Pakistanupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 06:48:00

Two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman were charged in Spain on Thursday in connection with the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy in Pakistan.

Police swoop for suspects linked to kidnapping of British boyupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 01:28:00

Police have arrested five people in Spain and France who are linked to the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy in Pakistan, Spanish police said Wednesday.

2 Sikhs beheaded in Pakistan's northwestupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 07:33:00

Two men from the minority Sikh community in Pakistan's tribal northwest were kidnapped and beheaded on Sunday, authorities said this week. Two others remain in custody.

Body of abducted Colombian governor foundupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 22:30:00

The body of Luis Francisco Cuellar Carvajal, governor of the department of Caqueta, Colombia, was discovered Tuesday not far from where he was kidnapped the night before, government spokesperson Wilmer Rua said.

Remains of missing U.N. worker found after 24 yearsupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 13:20:00

The body of a United Nations worker, who had been missing for 24 years, has been found in eastern Lebanon, a representative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

Garrido suspected in 1972 rapeupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 11:44:00

Police say the man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard is suspected of raping a 14-year-old girl in 1972.

Irish FM presses Sudan over abducted aid workersupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 23:13:00

Ireland's foreign minister met top Sudanese officials Tuesday to press them over the kidnapping of an Irish aid worker in the African nation, the Irish Foreign Ministry said.

Authorities study bone found near accused kidnapper's homeupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 21:48:00

A bone fragment found near the northern California home of kidnapping and rape suspect Phillip Garrido could add another chapter to the twisted tale.

Mom holding out hopeupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 21:48:00

The mother of Michaela Garecht, 9, kidnapped three years before Jaycee Dugard is hoping the two abductions are connected.

Garrido investigated for moreupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 15:46:00

A woman whose daughter was kidnapped in 1988 hopes the Phillip Garrido case leads to her.

Missing girl's mom finds hope in Jaycee Dugard caseupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 15:46:00

A week before 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped in Hayward, California, in 1988, she wrote a poem about people who had been abducted, her mother said Tuesday.

Philippines pays reward in militant's arrestupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 08:34:00

Police in the Philippines have paid an informant in the arrest of a militant tied to the kidnapping of four Americans and dozens of Filipinos.

SI.com: Rockies catcher's son, relative safe after kidnapping in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 17:46:00

The 11-year-old son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba is safe after being kidnapped in Venezuela.

Torture a hallmark of Phoenix's drug kidnappingsupdated: Wed May 20 2009 12:07:00

Jaime Andrade had just gotten out of the shower when the men came to snatch him.

A kidnapping a dayupdated: Wed May 20 2009 12:07:00

One U.S. city has had more than one reported kidnapping daily since 2007. CNN's Josh Levs and Eliott McLaughlin discuss.

Missing boy found in Mexicoupdated: Mon May 18 2009 20:29:00

A 3-year-old boy, taken from his California home at gunpoint, has been found in Mexico.

Police believe men who kidnapped boy, 3, are in Mexicoupdated: Mon May 18 2009 20:29:00

Three-year-old Briant Rodriguez remained in a hospital bed fatigued and malnourished Monday, 15 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and then dumped on the streets of Mexico.

Kidnapping staged to get money from ex, feds sayupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 10:46:00

A mother and her teenage son are kidnapped. The kidnappers place a cell phone in the car of the boy's father so they can communicate their ransom demands. The son is burned with a blowtorch. The mother implores the father to pay the ransom.

Victim's wife: Kidnappers' silence 'very cruel'updated: Thu Mar 26 2009 20:08:00

Lourdes Batista wishes she had super powers so she could use them to find her husband, she said Wednesday, 105 days after authorities said he was kidnapped in Mexico.

Mexican drug cartel kidnappingupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 20:08:00

Larry talks with a family pleading for the return of Felix Batista, who was kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel.

Pakistani kidnappers' demandsupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 05:47:00

CNN's Stan Grant has an update on the kidnapping of John Solecki, head of the U.N. refugee agency in Quetta, Pakistan.

Greek shipping boss freed after ransom paymentupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 07:42:00

Kidnappers released an ailing Greek shipping magnate Tuesday, eight days after abducting him at gunpoint near his home, police said.

'Please have mercy,' wife begs kidnappersupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 21:04:00

The wife of kidnapped security expert Felix Batista broke her month-long silence on Wednesday and pleaded with his Mexican abductors to "please have mercy."

Pleas for a kidnapped husbandupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 21:04:00

Lourdes Batista pleads for the safe return of her husband Felix, who disappeared from a restaurant in Mexico last month.

Two kidnapped journalists reported freed in Somaliaupdated: Sun Jan 04 2009 13:30:00

Two journalists -- one British and one Spanish -- who were kidnapped in Somalia in November have been released, according to a Somali press group.

Zimbabwean lawyer: Law has broken downupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 10:48:00

The lawyer for a top Zimbabwean human rights activist said Friday that law has "absolutely broken down" in the country after a court in Harare ruled against her client.

Employer: Anti-kidnapping consultant kidnapped in Mexicoupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 19:36:00

An American anti-kidnapping consultant was kidnapped in Mexico, according to the Houston-based security firm he works for.

Prominent death highlights Mexico's kidnapping woesupdated: Sat Dec 13 2008 17:37:00

The president of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies has asked authorities to shed light on the kidnapping and slaying of Silvia Vargas Escalera, daughter of the former head of the National Commission on Sports and Physical Fitness.

Mexico probes mass kidnappings by gunmenupdated: Wed Nov 12 2008 02:50:00

Police are searching for 27 farm workers who were kidnapped in northwestern Mexico, authorities said.

Freed Canadian reporter: I was kept in caveupdated: Sun Nov 09 2008 12:04:00

A Canadian journalist, who was freed Saturday after a month in captivity, said her abductors kept her in an underground cave but didn't mistreat her.

Kidnapped journalist freedupdated: Sun Nov 09 2008 12:04:00

A Canadian TV journalist abducted and held for four weeks in Afghanistan was freed on Saturday unharmed.

Canadian journalist freed in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Nov 08 2008 21:01:00

A Canadian Broadcasting Corp. correspondent who had been held in Afghanistan for four weeks has been released, the CBC said Saturday.

Abducted boy found aliveupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 16:56:00

A 6-year-old boy kidnapped by alleged drug dealers has been found alive in Las Vegas. CNN's Kara Finnstrom reports.

Time.com: Grandfather of Abducted Las Vegas Boy Arrestedupdated: Sat Oct 18 2008 18:00:00

Authorities in Southern California arrested the grandfather of an abducted 6-year-old Las Vegas boy, saying the man was involved with Mexican drug dealers and the kidnapping was a "message"

Time.com: Iraq Calmer, but Kidnappings Spreadupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 11:00:00

Five years ago, retired Air Force intelligence officer Kirk von Ackermann became the first of 39 Americans to be kidnapped in Iraq. He's still missing, his wife fearing she'll never see him again

Egypt: Freed European hostages heading homeupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 16:23:00

Some of the 11 European tourists and their Egyptian guides kidnapped 10 days ago and released unharmed Monday have left an Egyptian hospital and are headed home, officials said.

Ransom demand for tourists snatched in Egyptupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 09:09:00

Germany's government has taken the lead trying to negotiate the release of a group of 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians abducted in the southern Egyptian desert and taken to neighboring Sudan, authorities said Tuesday.

11 tourists, eight Egyptians kidnappedupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 16:01:00

A group of 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians have been kidnapped in the southern Egyptian desert and apparently taken to neighboring Sudan, an Egyptian government spokesman said on Monday.

Mexicans protest violenceupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 20:43:00

CNN's Harris Whitbeck reports that Mexicans are demanding action against a rise in kidnappings.

Mexican police arrest 20 from major kidnapping gangupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 20:43:00

Federal officers rescued two kidnap victims and arrested 20 members of a major kidnapping gang in a daring operation Tuesday near Mexico City, Mexican federal police said.

Mexico plans to combat kidnappingsupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 03:55:00

Mexican President Felipe Calderon met with the country's 32 governors Thursday to create a plan to combat the nation's staggering rise in crime and kidnappings.

'Every day, there are more and more kidnappings'updated: Wed Aug 13 2008 16:55:00

Pedro Galindo says that when his kidnappers chopped off one of his fingers, the pain was excruciating; he felt every second of the process.

Rise in Mexican kidnappingsupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 16:55:00

The high-profile kidnapping and murder of a boy in Mexico City has shocked the nation. CNN's Harris Whitbeck reports.

Time.com: No Help for Mexico's Kidnapping Surgeupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 10:00:00

Mexicans don't call the police when their loved ones are snatched, because as in the case of a shocking recent killing, too often senior policemen seem to be involved in the crime

Time.com: 5 S. Koreans Kidnapped in Mexicoupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 14:00:00

Five South Koreans were kidnapped while driving in a Mexican border city, police and embassy officials said Tuesday

Time.com: 2 French Aid Workers Kidnapped in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 18:25:00

Two French humanitarian workers were kidnapped at gunpoint Friday in Afghanistan and spirited out of the house they were sleeping in

Five murders and the movies they inspiredupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 09:31:00

My favorite made-for-TV movies are those based on true stories, especially true stories involving jealous friends or spouses who go on sleazy killing rampages.

Kids' lives are nightmares in unstable nations, UNICEF reportsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 10:08:00

More than 50 children have been abducted in Haiti since the beginning of the year, adding to a trend of kidnappings in countries affected by violence, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report.

FBI investigates possible kidnap for ransomupdated: Sat Apr 26 2008 07:04:00

The FBI is investigating the alleged kidnapping for ransom of a 26-year-old Florida private pilot who has been missing since April 1, a spokesman said Friday.

Source: U.S. is sent severed fingers of Iraq kidnap victims updated: Thu Mar 13 2008 19:43:00

The U.S. military in Iraq recently received the severed fingers of five men kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago, a law enforcement source told CNN.

U.S. hands over securityupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 18:38:00

U.S. Army hands over responsibility for security of Karbala province to the Iraqi military in a ceremony.

Wounded officer highest-ranking to be injured in Iraqupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 18:38:00

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Dorko was injured Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad, Pentagon sources said.

Missing Italians freed in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 09:08:00

Two Italian soldiers who were kidnapped in western Afghanistan over the weekend have been freed in an operation by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Italy's defense minister said.

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