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July 13, 1992
Marjorie Miller reports that "the U.S. government said it would no longer kidnap Mexican citizens but refused to back up its pledge with any legal guarantees" (July 2). U.S. officials seem to be unaware that Mexico and other countries already have a new and plain-spoken legal safeguard against future kidnapings. On Nov. 11, 1990, the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs came into force. In text blunt enough for all to understand, the convention enjoins that a treaty party "shall not undertake in the territory of another Party the exercise of jurisdiction and performance of functions which are exclusively reserved for the authorities of that other Party by its domestic law."
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March 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" - create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear). Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor)
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WORLD
June 3, 2009 | Associated Press
An Iraqi court Tuesday convicted a Sunni architect in the 2004 kidnapping-slaying of British aid worker Margaret Hassan and sentenced him to life in prison. Hassan was married to an Iraqi and had lived in the country for 30 years. She was seized in October 2004 on her way to work in Baghdad, where she served as director of CARE International in Iraq.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
HOUSTON -- The FBI believes a Border Patrol agent found dead in his South Texas home this week had kidnapped and assaulted three women who were in the country illegally, officials said. "He is the subject of the investigation and we believe he is responsible for the kidnapping of all three of the victims," Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio, told the Los Angeles Times. Border Patrol agents discovered one of the women Wednesday during their patrol near the border city of McAllen, about 350 miles south of Houston, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2009 | David Kelly
The mother of a kidnapped 3-year-old boy made a desperate plea for his release Tuesday before draping herself over his picture and sobbing. "Please, I am asking them to release my son and give him back to me," a distraught Maria Rosalina Millan implored in Spanish during a news conference at the San Bernardino County sheriff's station. "He doesn't owe anything. I don't owe anything. He's a good boy."
NATIONAL
May 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
A street preacher charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart was removed from court Tuesday after shouting biblical admonitions, the fifth time he has been removed from hearings for such a disruption. Brian David Mitchell was only in his defense chair seconds before shouting: "Awaken, arise Israel. Come forth, Babylon. Repent, repent for the kingdom."
WORLD
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Colombian bishop who heads the Latin American bishops conference was kidnapped in an area where leftist rebels are active, a Roman Catholic priest said. Jorge Enrique Jimenez was abducted along with Father Desiderio Orejuela on their way to perform a religious ceremony in Pacho, 40 miles north of the capital, Bogota, Father Raul Alfonso Carrillo told local radio.
WORLD
March 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Eritrea dismissed allegations that its forces crossed into neighboring Ethiopia and kidnapped five Britons affiliated with their country's embassy and 13 Ethiopians who were touring a remote border region. The tour group went missing Thursday while traveling in Ethiopia's Afar region, a barren expanse of salt mines and volcanoes 300 miles northeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.
WORLD
January 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen demanding a ransom kidnapped an American engineer and a British engineer on their way to work in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt, authorities said. The abduction brings to 29 the number of foreign workers held by armed groups in the remote swamps of the Niger Delta. Diplomats said the two men worked for local construction firm Pivot. A security source said the kidnappers demanded $11.7 million.
WORLD
January 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Cabinet minister emerged from six years in rebel captivity and said he fled through the jungle for five days after Colombian troops attacked the guerrillas who held him. Fernando Araujo, 51, said he escaped from a guerrilla camp as troops battled the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. He walked through the mountainous jungle to the hamlet of San Agustin, 350 miles north of Bogota.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A former Irwindale police officer has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2012. David Paul Fraijo, 36, pleaded not guilty this week to five felonies, including kidnapping to commit another crime, forced oral copulation, oral copulation under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint and assault under color of authority. He faces up to life in prison and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. According to prosecutors, in October 2012 Fraijo pulled over a woman and asked to see her driver's license.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student who had been missing for three years pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Holly Lynn Bobo, whose body has not been found, was last seen on the morning of April 13, 2011. Her brother told authorities he saw her following a man in “camouflage” clothing into the woods in Darden, Tenn. She wore jeans and a pink top and clutched a pink purse, he said. The brother, Clint Bobo, thought the man was his sister's boyfriend.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- At least a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by Syrian rebels near Damascus in December were released on Sunday, according to Syria's official news agency and Lebanese media reports. The state-run Syrian news outlet reported that the nuns had been freed and were due to arrive at a Syrian border crossing with Lebanon. Various media accounts indicated that the nuns had been released near the rebel-held Syrian city of Yabroud and transported to the Lebanese border town of Arsaal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who kidnapped a 53-year-old mentally impaired woman from a parking lot and sexually assaulted her. The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at 15th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, police said.    Recordings from surveillance cameras show a vehicle pulling into the parking lot where the woman appeared to be standing alone outside a Greyhound bus station. The station appeared to be closed .  Police described the vehicle as a dark-colored, mid-sized four-door sedan, possibly a mid-to-late 1990s Nissan Maxima.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Southwest Missouri was in shock Wednesday after a coach at a Springfield school was accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl off the street and then killing her.  Hailey Owens, 10, was near her home late Tuesday afternoon when neighbors saw a gold Ford Ranger pull up and a man start talking to the girl, Springfield Police Chief Paul F. Williams said at a televised news conference. Hailey initially ignored the driver before coming back to speak to him again, which is when the man snatched her into the truck and sped away, Williams said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Authorities on Wednesday identified a person of interest in the carjacking and kidnapping of an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl at an Oakland grocery store that prompted an Amber Alert. Oakland police say they are seeking Roy McCamey, a 54-year-old African American man, in connection with the kidnapping, which occurred at an Oakland Safeway at about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Redwood Road. Witnesses have told investigators that McCamey frequents the area surrounding the Safeway, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fugitive suspected of kidnapping an Ontario girl and taking her to Mexico was in custody in Mexico City on Wednesday after Mexican authorities working with U.S. marshals and Ontario police tracked him to the state of Morelos. Elias Flores-Martinez, 28, will face extradition. He had been the subject of a an international manhunt since September, when he allegedly seized the 14-year-old girl on her way to school. The girl escaped a week later and was reunited with her family.
WORLD
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A former German diplomat and his family were released unharmed, three days after being kidnapped by tribesmen while on vacation in the mountains of eastern Yemen, officials said. Juergen Chrobog, a former deputy German foreign minister, his wife and their three adult sons were flown from the area after they were freed, German and Yemeni officials said. The kidnappers let the family go after Yemen's government agreed to hold talks about a group of detained fellow tribesmen, a negotiator said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday after a man forced his way into a red Infiniti in the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway and ordered a man to drive away. A girl was reportedly seen in the rear seat. Police said the incident took place about 12:50 p.m. in the 4100 block of Redwood Road. The victims are an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl. The kidnapper is described as a black man in his 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, and wearing a green shirt, blue jacket and blue jeans.  Residents and recipients of the Amber Alert have been told to be on the lookout for a red 2001 Infiniti SUV with California license plate 6JFM648.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The aunt of a 6-day-old Wisconsin baby kidnapped the newborn after pretending to be pregnant, federal prosecutors alleged in a complaint filed Friday. Kristen Rose Smith's cellphone contained emails in which she said she gave birth Wednesday, hours before Kayden Powell was reported abducted from his home, FBI special agent Bryan Baker wrote in an affidavit attached to Smith's arrest warrant. DOCUMENT: Read the complaint and affidavit Smith, 31, had also posted on Facebook about being pregnant.
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