UN chief presses Iraq on abducted Qataris

Ban Ki-moon phones PM Abadi to urge prompt action for the safe return of more than two dozen Qataris taken by gunmen.


Gulf nations demand release of abducted Qataris in Iraq

GCC says Iraq should take "decisive" steps as Iraq denies mass kidnapping had anything to do with its government.

War & Conflict

Mali forces hunt Bamako attack suspects

President Keita announces 21 people killed in brazen attack on luxury hotel in Bamako with three suspects on the run.

Inside Story

Bamako hotel attack: Mali's security challenges

Could the attack on a luxury hotel in the Malian capital have been prevented?

War & Conflict

'No more hostages' as security forces comb Mali hotel

Mali state television reports that at least 27 people were killed in assault on Radisson Blu hotel.


Abu Sayyaf beheading of Malaysian condemned

PM Najib said he's shocked and sickened after hostage killed by the armed group in the southern Philippines.

101 East

Bringing Them Home: Parental Abduction in Australia

101 East explores why over 300 Australian children are abducted by a parent and taken overseas every year.


Pirates of the Bay of Bengal

Armed Bangladeshi gangs are kidnapping Indian fishermen for ransom, wreaking havoc, and threatening livelihoods.

Human Rights

Desperate relatives denounce disappearances in Mexico

Jalisco state officials accused of failing to act on disappearances, but families continue to demand those missing.


Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

Lorenzo Vinciguerra, held by Abu Sayyaf for two years, dashes to freedom after hacking one rebel commander.

Inside Story

Nigeria deal with Boko Haram still possible?

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan under fire after a discredited truce with armed group Boko Haram.


Argentinians search for missing loved ones

For 37 years, a group of grandmothers have been searching for relatives that went missing during military era.


Nigeria students 'to be released by Tuesday'

Presidential source quoted as saying everything is being done to gain freedom of female students held by Boko Haram.


Philippine rebels free German hostages

Military confirms Abu Sayyaf group released man and woman, but says it is "not privy" to reports $5.6m ransom was paid.


Abu Sayyaf hostage killing deadline passes

Philippine rebel group had said it would kill German hostage on Friday unless Berlin paid $5.6m in ransom.