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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kidnapping Claims Conflict With Neighbors’ View Of Southern California Couple

By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—The young woman and her husband lived what looked like a normal life in Bell Gardens, working long hours, celebrating birthdays, even taking trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios with their young daughter, neighbors say. But authorities say the man who went by the name of […]

May 23, 2014

Man Charged With Kidnapping 15-Year-Old Girl, Raping Her Over Decade

By Claudia Koerner, The Orange County Register SANTA ANA, Calif. — A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl in 2004, then sexually assaulting her over a decade, was expected to be in court Thursday. Isidro Medrano Garcia, a 42-year-old Bell Gardens resident, was charged with one count of rape, three counts of lewd acts on […]

May 22, 2014

Nigeria Kidnap Families Want ‘Unconditional’ Release

Abuja (AFP) – Relatives of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram on Thursday called for their unconditional release, after Nigeria’s government ruled out a prisoner swap with the extremists. An on-the-run Boko Haram suspect wanted in connection with a bomb attack that killed 75 in Abuja was meanwhile arrested in Sudan, while […]

May 15, 2014

Nigeria Says Girls Kidnap A Turning Point In Boko Haram Conflict

Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria’s president said Thursday that Boko Haram’s mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages. President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has struggled to contain Boko Haram’s bloody five-year uprising and experts have questioned […]

May 8, 2014

U.S. To Aid Nigeria In Effort To Rescue Kidnapped Schoolgirls

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to send a team of advisers to help Nigerian officials rescue more than 270 girls abducted from a boarding school last month or negotiate their release, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to accept the assistance, […]

May 6, 2014

Nigeria Boko Haram Militants Kidnap Eight More Girls

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped eight more girls from Nigeria’s embattled northeast, residents said on Tuesday, after the extremist group’s leader claimed responsibility for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls last month. “They moved door to door looking for girls,” said Abdullahi Sani, referring to the late Sunday attack in the […]

May 6, 2014

Gunmen Kidnap Jordan Envoy To Libya

Tripoli (AFP) – Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan’s ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said. It was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader […]

April 15, 2014