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Mother Reunites With Kidnapped Son After 21 Years

Steven Hernandez located in Mexico

(Newser) - In 1995, things were rocky between Maria Mancia and her husband, Valentin Hernandez—and one day after work, Mancia returned to their California apartment to find her husband and their 18-month-old son, Steven, gone, along with all the boy's things. Hernandez took all the photos of Steven, even an... More »

Happier Reunion for Judge Who Recognized Inmate as Classmate

Mindy Glazer showed up to cheer Arthur Booth on as he was released from jail

(Newser) - Last summer, an emotional video of a Florida burglary suspect appearing before a judge who turned out to be his middle school classmate went viral. Almost 10 months later, Arthur Booth was released from jail Tuesday—and Judge Mindy Glazer was there to wish him well and see him on... More »

WWII Sweethearts Share a Squeeze—70 Years Later

Norwood Thomas, Joyce Morris will spend two weeks together in Australia

(Newser) - It was the hug he'd been waiting 70 years for. World War II vet Norwood Thomas, 93, greeted his wartime sweetheart Joyce Morris, 88, in person on Wednesday for the first time since their brief love affair in London in 1944, per NBC News . "This is about the... More »

WWII Sweethearts to Reunite on Valentine's Day

Norwood Thomas hopes to give his wartime girlfriend a 'squeeze'

(Newser) - Norwood Thomas' reunion with his wartime girlfriend was incredible, but it came with one major drawback: "I can't take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," the 93-year-old World War II vet told Joyce Morris, 88, during a Skype call in November. "Well, we'... More »

Friends Reunion Finally Happening ... Maybe

All 6 stars will take part in upcoming NBC special

(Newser) - It's finally (maybe) happening: All six Friends stars are reuniting (possibly). Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer will all participate in an upcoming 2-hour NBC special honoring "veteran sitcom director" James Burrows and the 1,000 TV episodes he's directed,... More »

Woman Stranded 13 Years After Crossing Border Goes Home

Deaf-mute woman Geeta was only 11 when she wandered into Pakistan

(Newser) - Geeta was about 11 when she somehow crossed the militarized border between India and Pakistan. A deaf-mute Indian girl, Geeta couldn't explain exactly what happened, but mimed an explosion, ducking out of the way, and then her discovery at the Lahore railway station, report Reuters and the Indian Express... More »

Korean Sisters Separated 40 Years Ago Met at Work in Fla.

Adopted by different US families, sisters ended up working on same hospital floor

(Newser) - We've heard remarkable stories before about long-lost siblings being reunited , but this one is unlike any other. Two orphaned sisters from South Korea who were separated more than 40 years ago and adopted by different US families met by accident working for the same Florida hospital, during the same... More »

Mom Finds Long-Lost Son Thanks to Facebook Photo

He had been taken to Mexico 15 years ago, and Dad cut off communication

(Newser) - An old Facebook photo has led to the reunion of a mother in California and the teenage son she hadn't seen in 15 years, reports NBC Bay Area . Hope Holland says her boy, Jonathan, was taken by his father at the age of 3 to Mexico, where all communication... More »

Mom Meets Daughter She Was Told Died 50 Years Ago

76-year-old Zella Jackson Price says Melanie Gilmore was taken right after birth

(Newser) - On November 25, 1965, Zella Jackson Price gave birth to a baby girl at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, her granddaughter says. What allegedly happened in the hours after that is both confusing and dreadful: Price, a gospel singer, says she was told by a nurse the baby... More »

Man Finds Letter Wife Hid, Discovers Long-Lost Son

81-year-old says he doesn't know why his deceased wife kept letter a secret

(Newser) - An elderly man who's wanted kids his whole life just learned that he's had one—for 61 years. Tony Trapani and his wife tried for years to have their own children, and when he was cleaning out her filing cabinets after her recent death, he discovered a bombshell... More »

Man Kidnapped 24 Years Ago Reunites With Father

He was 4 years old when abducted in China

(Newser) - Chinese state media this week covered the remarkable reunion between a father and the son who had been abducted 24 years earlier. Sun Bin was just 4 when kidnappers took him from a market in Sichuan province and sold him to a family in faraway Jiangsu province, reports CNN . His... More »

Family Finds Girl Lost in Tsunami 10 Years Ago

A chance discovery by the girl's uncle leads to reunion

(Newser) - More than 10 years after a tsunami swept her away from her parents, Raudhatul Jannah is back in their arms again. Raudhatul was only 4 when her home in Indonesia was destroyed by a 2004 tsunami that killed some 230,000. After the tsunami struck, her father put her and... More »

New Yorker Meets Sister After 57 Years

Intelligence analyst links Peter Hart and Liliana Bonato

(Newser) - Fifty-seven years ago, a boy was born to an Italian woman who died soon after. He was adopted by Americans and his sister was sent to live with an uncle. Now, Peter Hart is 57 years old, and he's about to meet his 72-year-old sister, Liliana Bonato, for the... More »

Firefighter Reunites With Man He Saved 46 Years Ago

Buffalo News recounts rescue, reunion

(Newser) - The Buffalo News has an amazing story of the reunion of a retired firefighter and the man whose life he saved 46 years ago. Vincent Fildes, 87, and Patrick Weatherspoon met at a cafe for the first time since Fildes rescued Weatherspoon—just 4 at the time—from his burning... More »

For Koreans, a Joyous Reunion 60 Years in Making

After seeing brother, man would 'have no regrets if I were to die tomorrow'

(Newser) - Some 82 elderly South Koreans, in their Sunday best, traveled by bus into North Korea today where they met with relatives they hadn't seen in 60 years, and—at an average age of 84—likely will never see again, the Washington Post reports. The event marked the start of... More »

Koreas Hunker Down for Rare Talks

But Pyongyang's motivation remains a mystery; no set agenda

(Newser) - For the first time in more than seven years, high-level officials from North and South Korea are hunkered down for talks in Panmunjom today—talks called by the North amid much suspicion over its motives, Reuters reports. Both sides sent top officials to the gathering; the head of Seoul's... More »

N. Korea Already Threatening to Ax Reunions

Thanks to US B-52 flight

(Newser) - Well, that was fast. North Korea is already threatening to call off a reunion for families separated by the Korean War that it agreed to only yesterday , in response to a US bomber sortie over South Korea. "As we were reaching an agreement on the separated families, B-52 bombers... More »

Koreans Families Separated for 60 Years to Reunite

New round of reunions scheduled for Feb. 20 to 25

(Newser) - The two Koreas today gave the green light to the first family reunions since October 2010. The meetings of select families from the North and South—who have had no communication since the 1950-'53 Korean War—will occur Feb. 20 to 25 at Mount Kumgang, described by Yonhap News... More »

60 Years Later, Divided Korean Families Could Meet

North, South to discuss potential reunions on Wednesday

(Newser) - Families split by the Koreas' North-South divide could soon be reunited for the first time since the Korean War's 1953 end, though uncertainty remains. The North today agreed to talks aimed at planning the reunions, which the South has proposed run from Feb. 17 to 22, the New York ... More »

Dad Reunites With Son After 60 Years of Searching

Son thought father died in Vietnam

(Newser) - A father and son were able to sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving together after they spent nearly 60 years apart. The Des Moines Register reports the father, 85-year-old Marvin Shimel, spent much of his life searching for his son. But 61-year-old Gary Anderson didn't know his father was still... More »

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