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# West Africa
Two French soldiers killed in operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso
One American, one Korean and two French hostages were freed in the operation.
# Venezuela
National Assembly deputy 'kidnapped' by Maduro regime, says Venezuela's opposition leader
In January, leader of the opposition Juan Guaido declared himself to be the country’s president.
# jayme closs
Kidnapping suspect 'kept teenager under bed for nearly three months' after shooting her parents
When Jake Thomas Patterson left the remote cabin on the 88th day of her captivity, Jayme Closs finally made a break for freedom.
# bamenda
90 students kidnapped by gunmen in Cameroon have been freed
It was the first mass kidnapping to hit Cameroon and one of the gravest incidents in 13 months of pro-independence violence.
# kidnapped
North American family freed from Taliban captivity after 'Kafkaesque nightmare'
Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan in 2012.
# Don Nichols
'Mountain man' released on parole 32 years after kidnapping world-class athlete
Nichols (86) was sentenced to 85 years in prison for kidnapping biathlete Kari Swenson in 1984.
# Central Criminal Court
Westmeath man who kidnapped his ex-partner handed 7-year jail term
At the time of the false imprisonment, the accused would not accept that the relationship was over.
# nicosia
Cyprus police make arrests in hunt for kidnapped girl
The child’s Norwegian father and Greek Cypriot mother have been engaged in a bitter custody battle.
# Qatar
26 members of hunting party kidnapped in Iraq in 2015 freed
The party is believed to have included members of the Qatari royal family.
# Brazil
Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law rescued from kidnappers after week in captivity
Ecclestone’s 67-year-old mother-in-law Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira was kidnapped on 22 July.
# Snatched
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped and held for €33 million'
Local reports say that the woman was snatched from her home in Sao Paulo.
# alan pulido
Olympiakos footballer rescued after being kidnapped in Mexico
Alan Pulido was reportedly kidnapped by armed men yesterday.
# Boko Haram
Questions raised about Nigerian woman after claim she was among 219 kidnapped girls
A campaign group said today the 19-year-old was not on the list.
# kidnapped
North Korea wants the South to prove it didn't kidnap 12 women
The North insists they were tricked into defecting by South Korean spies who effectively “kidnapped” them.
# Nigeria
Two years on, video appears to show schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram
More than 200 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok on 14 April 2014.
# Philadelphia
Seven-week-old baby kidnapped from shopping centre as his mam took a phone call
Young Ashir Simmons was found about five hours later.
# Jumpei Yasuda
Video of journalist missing in Syria emerges as kidnappers look for ransom
He has asked his government in Japan to help secure his release from an al-Qaeda linked rebel group.
# kidnapped
"She's not well. It's very difficult for her to face him" - trial begins of 'Sweden's Fritzl'
The trial began today of a man accused of drugging, raping and detaining a young woman in a bunker.
# Baghdad
Group of American civilians kidnapped in Iraq
The individuals were taken from an interpreter’s home in Baghdad.
I learned how to write in the dirt as a child soldier - now I'm an aid worker in the same conflict
The story of James Riak, an aid worker with GOAL in South Sudan, who was kidnapped from his family as a ten-year-old and trained as a child soldier.
# Melbourne
Rapist who carved a cross into victim's forehead jailed for 17 years
Alfio Anthony Granata repeatedly raped a Dutch tourist over the course of six-weeks.
# together again
Baby kidnapped days after birth reunited with parents 17 years later
Pupils at the teenager’s school noticed similarities between her and a younger biological sister.
# Rescue
US journalist and South African teacher killed in Yemen during rescue operation
His sister made a plea for his safe return just this morning.
# Maria Jose Alvarado
Honduran beauty queen and sister found dead
Both were kidnapped on the eve of this week’s Miss World contest in London.
# Crime
Three women taken at gunpoint during 'tiger kidnapping' in Dublin
Gardaí are searching for two armed men.
# Syria
'Great escape' Irish troops get ready to leave Golan Heights
They’re to be replaced by 130 new peacekeepers.
# islamic state
Mother of killed James Foley felt like "annoyance" to US government
Diane Foley said her family was warned it would be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free James.
# kidnapped
Interpol chase parents who took ill son from hospital
The boy has a brain tumour and needs medical attention.
# worst lie ever
Man fakes his own kidnapping to stay out partying, causes police manhunt
What a catch.
# Dirty War
Grandmother finds stolen grandson after 35-year search
The 83-year-old woman is the head of the Argentinian organisation which tracks down babies stolen during the military dictatorship.
# kidnapped
Israeli soldier was 'dragged into a tunnel' by Gaza militants, says IDF
62 people have been killed on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah today after the collapse of a US and UN brokered ceasefire
# segundo tevez
Carlos Tevez' father released unharmed after being held captive for eight hours
The Juventus striker has reportedly now cancelled his return to Argentina.
# West Bank
Israel blames Hamas for teens' kidnapping as massive search enters third day
Troops carried out their biggest arrest operation in years last night, detaining 80 Palestinians.
# Abduction
Student uses psychology skills to convince kidnapper to set her free
The woman was forced into a car and tied up in a car park near her college campus.
# thousands killed
Boko Haram kidnap 20 women close to where 300 schoolgirls were abducted in April
Eyewitnesses say the women were forced into vehicles at gunpoint.
# Homecoming
US town cancels celebration for soldier captured by the Taliban over safety fears
Bowe Bergdahl’s release has sparked a national debate in the US: was he an American prisoner of war? Or a deserter who abandoned his unit?
# Hostages
Nigerian authorities 'furious' parents of four girls failed to say children had safely returned
Authorities have revised down number of girls kidnapped. There are 219 girls still missing.
# Boko Haram
US says no one else is helping find abducted girls in Nigeria - despite help from Britain, France, Israel
China has also offered its assistance, while the United Nations imposed sanctions on Boko Haram
# Support
US sends 80 extra troops to Chad to help in search for missing schoolgirls
President Barack Obama made the announcement today.
# kidnapped
Abducted schoolgirls: Nigeria says it will talk to Boko Haram
Meanwhile, a regional governor has said that all of the girls shown in a video release by the militant group had been identified as students in the school attacked last month.