Hate Hoax: Man Faked ‘KKK’ Crimes, Abduction

A man looking to blame President-Elect Donald Trump supporters for a hate crime confessed to police that he fabricated an incident involving a racially-charged message, a fire, and a staged abduction.

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20/20 Special Reports on Kidnapped, Branded California Mom

Keith Papini, the husband of kidnapped-then-found California mom Sherri Papini, gave an exclusive interview to ABC’s 20/20 in which he discussed the ordeal their family has endured as they are now living at an undisclosed location.


Report: Nigeria Covered Up Boko Haram Kidnapping of 300 Children in 2014

A mass abduction, even larger than the April 2014 raid on Chibok, Borno state, which brought Boko Haram to international visibility, occurred months later, Human Rights Watch alleges. However, out of fear of angering the Nigerian government, parents of the victims refused to report it.

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Libya: Lawmaker Taken Hostage in Tobruk

In Tobruk, which is the current seat of the internationally recognized Libyan government, a member of parliament has been kidnapped, in the midst of a United Nations effort to negotiate a unified government.

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Islamic State Releases 270 of 400 Hostages from Weekend Mass Abduction

The Syrian city of Deir Ezzor (also spelled “Deir al-Zor”) has been a block-to-block battleground between the Islamic State and Syrian regime forces for over a year, a key strategic crossroads between the Syrian and Iraqi wings of the “caliphate.”

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Kidnapped Woman to Sue Police Over Hoax Statement

Kidnapping victim Denise Huskins has filed a claim against the City of Vallejo and the city’s police department for  treating her March abduction and alleged sexual assault as a hoax.

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ISIS Militants Kidnap 230 Syrian Civilians

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) militiamen have kidnapped 230 Syrian civilians, including 19 children and 45 women, after invading a village in the province of Homs in central Syria. Among the hostages are 60 Christians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO.