Silvia Romano was 23 and working as a volunteer in the orphanage in Chakama village in southeast Kenya when she was seized by gunmen in November 2018.
There is still no justice for the parents of hundreds of babies that have gone missing in Serbia.
A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of scores of schoolgirls in 2014 as Ethiopians attempt to pressure the government for answers over the abduction in the Oromia region.
Caught between the Boko Haram insurgency and deadly farmer-herder conflicts, kidnapping and banditry are gaining a foothold in Nigeria’s northern areas.
No ransom was paid for the release of the men held for a week by a gang of armed men in Nigeria’s Kwara State, police said.
President Muhammadu Buhari starts his second four-year tenure as the country battles severe security challenges.
This is nearly half the 685 kidnappings countrywide in the first quarter of the year, an average of seven per day.
Gunmen stormed Abdulraouf Hassan Beitelmal's house on Wednesday night and took him "by force of arms", officials said. As of Thursday afternoon, the gunmen's demands were unclear.
Journalist Taha Siddiqui known for criticising Pakistan's military establishment says he had escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad.
The couple was freed in Pakistan this week nearly five years after being kidnapped in Afghanistan.
The kidnappers demanded $300,000 ransom to avoid the model being auctioned off on the dark web though no payment appears to have been made, police say.
Around 30 "civilians" have been released but at least 30 others are still missing, the head of Kandahar provincial police says. It is not clear why the villagers were kidnapped as it is unusual for the Taliban to take civilians as hostages.
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