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Kenya coastguard in French hostage standoff

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan coastguards were locked in a high-seas standoff on Saturday with gunmen holding a disabled French woman hostage and the abductors fired warning shots in the air, a government minister said. The victim’s Kenyan boyfriend, John Lepapa, said six masked gunmen brandishing assault rifles stormed their…

British journalist’s Iraq kidnapper jailed for 15 years

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court handed down a 15-year jail term on Saturday to a man it convicted of taking part in the abduction of a British journalist in 2008, a judiciary spokesman said. Spokesman Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar did not identify the convict by name but said the court had…

Italian activist killed in Gaza after kidnap

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A radical Islamist group hanged an Italian activist on Friday hours after kidnapping him in Gaza, Hamas said, as Rome denounced the “barbaric murder.” The pro-Palestinian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gaza City, the ruling Hamas government said. “The government…

Milblogger claims NYT lied about not paying reporter’s ransom

The New York Times lied when it said it had not paid a ransom for the release of report David Rohde, a freelance war correspondent is alleging. In a series of Twitter statements, blogger Michael Yon asserted that the Times “paid millions to get Rohde released,” and suggested the paper…

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