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A Kidnapping of 78 on Sunday, a Release by Tuesday

Good news after mass child abduction in Cameroon

(Newser) - All 78 students kidnapped by anti-government separatists in Cameroon Sunday have been freed, officials now say, but the ordeal isn't over for everyone. The BBC reports that the children taken from Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda are now being questioned by authorities before they get to go home to... More »

Journo Held Captive for 3 Years in Syria: 'Now I Am in Turkey'

Jumpei Yasuda, abducted in 2015 by Nusra Front, is now safe

(Newser) - A Japanese freelance journalist who was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria said Wednesday he's safe in neighboring Turkey. "My name is Jumpei Yasuda, Japanese journalist. I have been held in Syria for 40 months," Yasuda said, somewhat haltingly in English, in videotaped... More »

US Pastor Freed in Turkey Amid Reports of Secret Deal

Andrew Brunson bound for US after sentencing for espionage

(Newser) - An American pastor detained for two years in Turkey on charges of espionage and aiding terrorist groups is heading home. A Turkish court on Friday allowed the release of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who lived for more than 20 years in Turkey before he was jailed in the 2016 crackdown... More »

Congolese Mother Kept 2K Miles From Daughter Set Free

Asylum seeker's next step: to reunite with 7-year-old daughter, taken by ICE 4 months ago

(Newser) - A Congolese mother detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after attempting to seek asylum in the US, then held 2,000 miles away from her 7-year-old daughter for four months, walked free on Tuesday, per the Washington Post . The ACLU reports her release comes just days after it filed suit... More »

Mystery of Missing 5-Year-Old Has New Twist

Father Aramazd Andressian Sr. has been released from jail

(Newser) - The father of a missing 5-year-old boy has been released from jail in an unexpected twist that only deepens the mystery behind the boy's disappearance. Investigators on Tuesday decided against presenting the case to prosecutors and moving forward with charges against Aramazd Andressian Sr., who was found unconscious Saturday... More »

Trump Said, 'Let's Bring Her Home.' Now She's Home

Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi had been detained in Egypt for almost 3 years

(Newser) - In what appears to be a major foreign-policy victory for President Trump, a freed Egyptian-American charity worker is back in the US after the president personally intervened in the case, officials say. Aya Hijazi, a 30-year-old US citizen who'd been detained in Egypt for nearly three years, flew from... More »

Obama May Release Top-Secret 9/11 Pages

Ex-senator leading push to declassify says 'all the evidence' points to Saudis

(Newser) - It's long been speculated that Saudi Arabia played a major role in 9/11, and the so-called "28 pages" that have been locked up for years in the Capitol's basement may soon shed light on the matter if they are released by President Obama—a move that's... More »

Freed US Vet Arrives Home From North Korea

Merrill Newman joins wife, son in San Francisco

(Newser) - A tired but smiling 85-year-old US veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home today to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home, and the warm embrace of his family. Merrill Newman arrived at the San Francisco airport after turning down a ride with... More »

North Korea Frees 85-Year-Old American

Merrill Newman deported, turns down ride with Joe Biden

(Newser) - North Korea today freed an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention , ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang. North Korea made... More »

4 Accused Killers Freed After Convictions Overturned

3 of the men were behind bars for 17 years, another for 23

(Newser) - Four New York men saw their murder convictions overturned and were released from prison yesterday in two unrelated cases, notes Daily Intel .
  • Michael Cosme, Devon Ayers, and Carlos Perez were behind bars for 17 years after being convicted of two murders in 1995. They had already been exonerated of killing
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British Hostage Set Free in Iraq

IT consultant in captivity for more than 2 years

(Newser) - A British hostage has been released more than two years after he was captured in Iraq, the BBC reports. IT consultant Peter Moore, kidnapped in May 2007 by militants disguised as police in Baghdad, is “absolutely delighted” after years of “misery, fear, and uncertainty,” says Britain’s... More »

Biggest Loser Loses Sight of Contestants' Health

Fasting, dehydration, hospitalization daily reality of reality show

(Newser) - The Biggest Loser has produced some amazing results for its obese contestants, but at what cost? Many see the pounds come right back, and it’s likely because they engage in dangerous, damaging behavior in the first place in order to win the weight-loss reality show, the New York Times... More »

Producer: Jacko Dazzles on Unreleased Ballad

(Newser) - We haven't heard the last of Michael Jackson's music. An unreleased ballad called "Don't Be Messing Around" ranks up there with his best stuff, says longtime Jackson producer Bruce Swedien. "Michael plays piano on it, and it's just beautiful," he says. "Oh my God, there's nothing... More »

Somali Pirates Release Togo Ship, Score $100K Ransom

Tanker was to deliver food aid to Somalia

(Newser) - Somali pirates have released a Togo-flagged cargo ship that was to deliver food aid to their own country, the BBC reports, but only after securing a ransom rumored to be $100,000. “Somali traders were involved in the release,” a pirate source told Reuters. They paid “not... More »

Giants Give Plaxico the Axe

(Newser) - The New York Giants have released wide receiver Plaxico Burress 4 months after he shot himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub, the New York Daily News reports. “We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation... More »

Pirates Free Saudi Tanker, Get $3M Ransom

Ship headed to safety after November capture

(Newser) - A Saudi tanker taken by Somali pirates in November has been freed after a $3 million ransom was paid, a pirate negotiator said. Pirates have left the ship, which is now headed to safety. The Sirius Star, which carried 2 million oil barrels and 25 crew members, was the largest... More »

Potter Diehards Putting Hex on Warner Bros.

Irked by delayed film release, faithful fire off petitions, death threats

(Newser) - Warner Brothers’ postponement of the release of the sixth Harry Potter film enraged some diehard “Potterheads,” inspiring a wave of angry emails, picketing, and mocking YouTube clips directed at the studio, the Wall Street Journal reports. When president Alan Horn decided to push the picture from November to... More »

US Sending Foreign Inmates Home From Iraq

Repatriation 'in the works' for some of 200 fighters still in detention

(Newser) - Seeking to cut the number of detainees it holds, the US military has begun releasing foreign fighters captured in Iraq to their home countries, USA Today reports. The past two months have seen the first such releases, with some 15 detainees heading to Saudi Arabia and five to Egypt. The... More »

Online Apple Stores Sold Out of iPhones

Shortage could spur early release of 3G model, analysts say

(Newser) - Apple’s online stores in the US and UK are sold out of iPhones, Bloomberg reports. The shortage is stoking analysts' predictions that a new handset will be released a month earlier than expected, after Apple's developer conference in June. The new phones are said to boast faster download speeds,... More »

Final Korean Hostages Walk Free

Christian aid workers out of Taliban hands after 6 weeks

(Newser) - Taliban militants in Afghanistan freed the remaining seven South Korean hostages today, CNN reports, ending an episode that began July 19 with the abduction of 23 Christian aid workers. After two were executed, the remaining hostages were gradually released as the South Korean government negotiated with the captors, promising to... More »

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