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British national pleads guilty to role in terror beheadings

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A British national admitted Thursday evening in a federal courtroom near the nation's capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages.

3 groups of students freed in Nigeria in 24-hour period

Overjoyed parents welcomed home 90 young schoolchildren who had spent three months held by gunmen in northern Nigeria, though authorities confirmed Friday that one of the kidnapped children had died during the ordeal.

1st sentence to be handed down in Michigan gov’s kidnap plot

Prosecutors preparing for the first prison sentence in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are loudly signaling to five other defendants that a key insider has shared extraordinary details about the operation.

28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria — Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi.

Federal judge orders attempted kidnapping defendant Ronald Ilg to remain in jail

Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers handed down the order Tuesday after a hearing late last week. At that hearing, Ilg's attorney Carl Oreskovich argued that his client could be released on home monitoring to prevent him speaking with any alleged victims or witnesses in the case. Prosecutors argued no release conditions would protect the women. 

In Mexico, cartels are hunting down police at their homes

MEXICO CITY — The notoriously violent Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hugs, not bullets” policy with a policy of its own: The cartel kidnapped several members of an elite police force in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain names and addresses of fellow officers and is now hunting down and killing police at their homes, on their days off, in front of their families.

Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

LAHORE, Pakistan — An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 police a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces, the country’s interior minister said Monday.

Spokane doctor accused of attempted kidnapping in dark web Bitcoin scheme

Ronald Craig Ilg is accused of attempted kidnapping, a federal offense that carries a potential 20-year prison penalty. The FBI, acting on a tip, launched an investigation that included Ilg allegedly using the dark web to hire a hitman to kidnap, drug and injure two women. 

Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed

GUSAU, Nigeria — Hundreds of Nigerian girls abducted last week from a boarding school in the country’s northwest have been released, a state governor said Tuesday, as the West African nation faces a spate of school kidnappings.

Nigerian families await news of 300 kidnapped schoolgirls

JANGEBE, Nigeria – Families in Nigeria waited anxiously for news of their abducted daughters after more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by gunmen from a government school in the country’s north last week, the latest in a series of mass school kidnappings in the West African nation.