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  • French advisers seized in Somalia

    07/14/2009 11:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 760+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 13:33 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:33 UK | n/a
    Note: Photo included. # SNIPPET: "Two French security advisers helping the Somali government have been kidnapped in the capital Mogadishu, French officials have said. Gunmen who were wearing police uniforms entered the hotel where the two were staying and took them away, eyewitnesses said. The abductions took place in a government-held part of Mogadishu. Islamist rebels are battling troops from the UN-backed interim government for control of the city." SNIPPET: "The French foreign ministry said the two advisers were in Mogadishu on an official mission to provide help to the government. They were seized at the Sahafi Hotel, which has...
  • Iranian Ambassador: No Deal On US Hikers

    05/31/2010 11:05:37 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 414+ views ^ | 5/31/10 | AP
    The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad said the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impeding deal to free three Americans held by Tehran on spying charges. Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi told The Associated Press the fate of the Americans, who have been held since July, is in the hands of the Iranian judiciary and has no connection to the release of two Iranians earlier this month. "There were no deals," Qomi said. "They (Americans) are in the custody of the judiciary system."
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Car Bomb At Barracks In Belfast - Police

    04/11/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Andy Jack
    Police say a car bomb has exploded outside a British Army barracks in Northern Ireland. The blast was behind Palace Barracks in Holywood, Belfast, at 12.24am and is described as "ongoing". Reporting from the scene, Sky's Ireland correspondent Vicky Hawthorne said: "Police are not confirming this but there are unconfirmed reports of some injuries on the ground.
  • Iran says hikers have ties to U.S intelligence

    04/09/2010 1:22:28 AM PDT · by thecodont · 21 replies · 581+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, April 9, 2010 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (04-08) 18:15 PDT BERKELEY -- Iran appears to have hardened its position on three UC Berkeley graduates who have been held in the country since last summer, accusing them of having links to U.S. intelligence. The charge, made by Iran's intelligence minister in an interview on state television, elicited strong denials Thursday from the U.S. State Department and the families of the prisoners, who were arrested after hiking across the border from Iraq. It also struck experts as an orchestrated move in a high-stakes chess game between Iran and the United States over nuclear ambitions and other issues. Read more:...
  • Remaining 4 defendants plead guilty to hostage taking in Houston

    03/29/2010 3:46:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 551+ views - News Release ^ | March 26, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 26, 2010 Remaining 4 defendants plead guilty to hostage taking in Houston HOUSTON - The remaining four defendants in a six-defendant case pleaded guilty on Friday to hostage taking. U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas, announced the guilty pleas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with substantial assistance provided by the Houston Police Department (HPD). Israel Perez-Pinon, 26, Alejandro Pantoja-Rosales, 28, Edgar Ivan Guerrero, 20, and Juan Romero-Trejo, 36, all pleaded guilty March 26 before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore. They admitted to having...
  • Video: Taliban Hold Two French Hostages...

    02/16/2010 3:38:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 486+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | February 16, 2010 04:57 PM | Posted by Rusty
  • Is State Department working on getting American Missionaries held in Haiti released? (vanity)

    02/07/2010 4:22:32 PM PST · by esqreb2 · 51 replies · 996+ views
    AOL news release | Vanity
    Has anyone heard any news of the State Department working to free the American Baptist Missionaries from prison in Haiti? AOL reports that 8 of the Americans being held signed a note that was slipped out which states that they fear for their lives. This worries me greatly, given the history of Haiti.
  • Taliban to execute US soldier if Aafia not released

    02/05/2010 9:46:32 PM PST · by Velveeta · 39 replies · 1,245+ views
    Pak Tribune ^ | 2/5/2010 | PakTribune
    PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday demanded the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who has been convicted by the US court on charges of her alleged attempt to murder US soldiers in Afghanistan, and threatened to execute an American soldier they were holding currently. They claimed Aafia Siddiqui’s family had approached the Taliban network through a Jirga of notables, seeking their assistance to put pressure on the US to provide her justice. “Being Muslims, it becomes our religious and moral obligation to help the distressed Pakistani woman convicted by the US court on false charges,” said a...
  • American 'defected' say North Koreans

    01/30/2010 11:07:12 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 726+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/30/2010 | Telegraph reporter and agencies in Seoul
    The unnamed 28-year-old reportedly arrived from China on Monday, defecting to the north for ideological reasons according to North Koreans who spoke to the conservative Dong-A Ilbo daily newspaper, based in Seoul. "I came here because I did not want to serve as a cannon fodder in the capitalist military," the American was quoted as saying. "I want to serve in the North Korean army." American State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that the report was being investigated but said there was no information on the man's name, occupation, or the circumstances in which he entered North Korea. The American...
  • North Korea holding second U.S. citizen: U.S.

    01/29/2010 10:50:22 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 1,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 29, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has informed the United States it is holding a second U.S. citizen, the State Department said on Friday. "We haven't been informed by the North Korean government that it is holding an American citizen who allegedly entered North Korea from China on January 25," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.
  • Family pleads for release of U.S. soldier

    01/24/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies · 448+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/25/09 | AP
    KABUL - The family of a U.S. soldier captured in eastern Afghanistan more than five months ago pleaded for the release of their son Friday and urged him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province June 30.
  • Kidnapped British Couple Says Pirates Set 'Deadline' for Execution

    01/22/2010 11:05:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    The Times via ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Times
    British couple kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear that they could be killed within days, the Times of London reported. Paul Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Rachel Chandler, 55, an economist, disappeared after heading from the Seychelles towards Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival, on October 23, 2009. In an interview with ITV News broadcast Thursday night Chandler said that he was “just existing in hope.” “I’m afraid that they will just kill us and abandon us in the desert
  • Somali pirates free oil tanker after record ransom

    01/18/2010 2:22:53 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 12 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2010 | Abdi Guled and Abdi Sheikh
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed a Greek-flagged tanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil on Monday, a day after the biggest ransom yet paid to them was dropped onto its deck, the pirates and a maritime official said. The Maran Centaurus was seized on November 29 with 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian on board. An aircraft dropped a ransom believed to be between $5.5 million and $7 million onto the vessel on Sunday, officials said. "We have agreed to solve our disagreements and release the ship. It is free and sailing away now," one of...
  • Attorney for three detained Americans: I am trying to meet my clients

    01/16/2010 7:04:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 593+ views ^ | Jan. 16, 2010
    Massoud Shafiee, attorney to three Americans who entered Iran by mistake five months ago and were subsequently arrested and imprisoned, told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is trying to meet with his clients. Though since the families of Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd have appointed him as their lawyer, he has not been able to meet with his clients, Shafiee told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: “After I was appointed as their lawyer, I started following up on the case. I prepared the forms my clients would have to sign in order...
  • Somali pirates hijack UK-flagged ship: Bulgaria

    01/02/2010 7:30:42 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2010
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Somali pirates hijacked a British-flagged vehicle carrier off the Somali coast late on Friday, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said. The Asian Glory was seized about 600 miles east of the Somali coast before it joined a convoy heading for the Gulf of Aden, ministry spokesman Dragovest Goranov said. Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and are also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping. The European Union's counter-piracy force, EU Navfor and...
  • El Monte school board member slain in Mexico

    12/31/2009 11:33:43 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 18 replies · 1,416+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/31/2009
    A 33-year-old El Monte school board member and five other men were shot dead execution-style in north central Mexico on Wednesday night, after they were abducted by gunmen, according to family members. Agustin Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo was having dinner with his wife in a restaurant when armed men burst in and kidnapped Salcedo and five other men. All six were found dead Thursday, El Monte officials said. Salcedo’s wife was not abducted.
  • Petraeus Reportedly 'Certain' British Hostage Held in Iran

    12/31/2009 7:04:14 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 797+ views
    The Times/Fox ^ | December 31, 2009
    Gen. David Petraeus, former U.S. commander in Iraq, reportedly is “absolutely certain” that British hostage Peter Moore was held secretly in Iran for part of his 31-month ordeal. Petraeus’s claim is likely to intensify the bitter diplomatic relationship between London and Tehran. Moore, an IT consultant, was set free Wednesday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. He was released by the League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) – an extremist Shia group allied to Iran – and his first night of freedom was spent at the...
  • Peter Moore freed after US hands over Iraqi insurgent

    12/30/2009 9:24:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Alice Fordham in Baghdad
    The British hostage Peter Moore was dramatically set free yesterday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. Mr Moore, an IT consultant, was freed by League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) — an extremist Shia group allied to Iran — after 31 months and spent his first night of freedom at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He is expected to fly home today.
  • Chinese ship to be freed, Somali pirates say

    12/28/2009 3:15:45 PM PST · by UAConservative · 5 replies · 645+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | December 26, 2009
    Somali pirates holding a Chinese cargo ship and its crew of 25 said Sunday they would release the vessel after collecting a ransom of 3.5 million dollars (2.2 million euros) later in the day. The bulk carrier Dexinhai, owned by Qingdao Ocean Shipping, was seized on October 18 northeast of the Seychelles as it was sailing to India from South Africa with a cargo of coal. It was subsequently taken to the Somali coast, between the pirate lairs of Harardere and Hobyo, where it laid at anchor with other captured vessels and negotiations on its fate began. "We have been...