Businessman burned with acid in month-long kidnap ordeal in New York

A businessman, who was snatched from a New York street in broad daylight, was bound and burned with acid while being held captive for a month in a city warehouse for a US$3 million ransom his family in Ecuador did not have, US authorities said.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 3:44am

2 Finns, Austrian abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda free after four months

Atte Kaleva (left) and Leila Kaleva. Photo: EPA

A Finnish couple and an Austrian student abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants more than four months ago have been freed and have arrived safety in Vienna, authorities said.

11 May 2013 - 4:12am

Four Chinese citizens seized for alleged crimes in Russia

The Ministry of Public Security says the four are all Chinese citizens and were seized in China and Russia following joint investigations by police in both countries.

28 Apr 2013 - 11:59am

Vehicle found, but baby still missing after Changchun manhunt

The SUV was stolen from outside this Jilin convenience store.

Officers found the Toyota RAV4 at about 8am in front of a school entrance in Gongzhuling county, about 40 kilometres southwest of Changchun, Jilin province in northeastern China. But there was no baby in the vehicle or any trace of the kidnapper.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:44am 1 comment

Millionaire's wife and son kidnapped and murdered in Dongguan

The kidnapper admitted to his crimes in an internet cafe in Dongguan. Picture: SCMP/

A Dongguan man kidnapped the wife and five-year-old son of a rich acquaintance, demanded 800,000 yuan in ransom, and then brutally killed them when he did not hear from him, according to a Nanjing Daily report.

The crime occurred just days before the Lunar Chinese New Year.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:46pm 2 comments

Video of French family, Boko Haram abductors released

Tanguy Moulin-Fournier (left) sitting next to his wife, Albane, his brother Cyril, and their four children flanked by an armed man in an undisclosed place. Photo: AFP

A video appeared on YouTube on Monday of seven kidnapped members of a French family with their abductors, who claimed to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and demanded the release of prisoners.

26 Feb 2013 - 1:49am

Suspected Islamic militants flee to Nigeria with seized French family

Suspected Islamic militants flee to Nigeria with seized French family

Kidnappers in Cameroon who seized a French family of seven have fled with them across the border into Nigeria. Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered tight security measures and urgent steps to free the hostages.

21 Feb 2013 - 2:55am

Briefs, February 2, 2013

Anti-Mursi protesters rally in central Cairo. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese-owned company's lawsuit over an Oregon wind-farm transaction that was blocked by the US government was dismissed by a judge in Washington who said he lacks the authority to hear the case.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:01am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

A display on assessment about the impact of supposed nuclear attack on Seoul at the Korea War Memorial Museum. Photo: AP

Bodies believed to be those of an international financier and his wife have been unearthed in Japan. Makoto Shimomi, 51, who reportedly runs a Liechtenstein-based investment fund, and Mie Shimomi, 48, disappeared after leaving their Tokyo home on December 7. 

30 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Algeria survivors and dead arrive in Tokyo

Three of the Algeria siege victims’ coffins are saluted by air crew as they are carried away from the Japanese government plane. Photo: AP

Haneda Airport officials used black umbrellas to shield those getting off the government plane from the glare of cameras. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stood alongside officials from engineering firm JGC, which employed all the Japanese caught up in the siege, bowing deeply after the coffins were brought out from the plane's cargo hold.



26 Jan 2013 - 4:28am

Japan confirms two more Algeria dead

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Tokyo on Wednesday said it had confirmed the deaths of two more Japanese in last week’s hostage seige at an Algerian gas plant, taking the country’s total toll to nine, with one still unaccounted for.

23 Jan 2013 - 11:03pm

Gunmen 'kill 7 hostages' amid final shoot-out

In Amenas in the Sahara desert. Islamist captors had demanded a prisoner swap and end to French military action in Mali. Photo: AFP

Islamist gunmen killed seven foreign hostages in Algeria yesterday before being gunned down by special forces in a final assault on a remote desert gas complex, state television said.

20 Jan 2013 - 7:13am

Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloodshed

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria. Photo: Reuters

Islamists killed all seven of their remaining foreign captives on Saturday before being gunned down at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, state media said, ending one of the bloodiest international hostage crises in years.

20 Jan 2013 - 12:44am

Survivor Alexandre Berceaux and others tell of terrifying ordeal

An Algerian guard gestures at the main entrance of a hospital in In Amenas, as people wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility. Photo: Reuters

Many of them had explosives wrapped around their necks. Others hid, petrified, under beds, in gaps above ceilings or wherever they could for nearly two days.

The ordeals suffered by workers caught up in the hostage drama at an Algerian gas field began to emerge yesterday as the first survivors to make contact with friends and family started to tell their horrifying stories.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Algerian gas field kidnappers demand prisoner swap

Algerian minister Youcef Yousfi visits a freed Filipino hostage in an Algiers clinic. Photo: EPA

Islamist hostage-takers at a remote Algerian gas field yesterday demanded a prisoner swap and an end to the French military campaign in Mali, a report said, as 30 foreigners were reported still missing in the worst international hostage drama for years.

The APS news agency said special forces had freed more than 670 hostages, among them 573 Algerians and around 100 foreigners.

19 Jan 2013 - 6:44am