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Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

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SUPPLIEDPrincess Latifa, the captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago.In a letter shared with the BBC, Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.The government of Dubai has not responded to BBC requests for comment.A High Court judge ruled in 2019, that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had abducted both daughters and held them against their will. Last week BBC Panorama broadcast shocking videos Latifa had secretly recorded on a phone she had been given, in which she described how she was being held "hostage" by h...
Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

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Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an ambush, the United Nations has said. Luca Attanasio, 43, who was married with three young daughters, was in a convoy on his way from the eastern regional capital Goma to see a feeding programme in Rutshuru, close to the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. An Italian military policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, and an unnamed Congolese driver who was working for the UN's World Food Programme also died, the government in Rome said. Image: The vehicle in which the Italian ambassador was travelling. Pic: AP Italy's foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, said the circumstances of the "brutal attack" were still unclear and "no effort will be spared to shed light on what happe...
FBI undercover agents ‘foil plot’ to kidnap US governor at her vacation home

FBI undercover agents ‘foil plot’ to kidnap US governor at her vacation home

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Six men have been charged with plotting to overthrow Michigan's government and kidnap its governor.They are accused of conspiring to abduct Gretchen Whitmer from her holiday home, with one of the suspects saying that he wanted to try her for "treason". According to a court filing, they plotted for months, consulted and trained with militia members, and even rehearsed the kidnapping in August and September. Image: Six men have been charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Governor Whitmer has thanked law enforcement for apprehending and charging what she has described as "sick and depraved men", who were "preparing to kidnap and possibly kill me".She also added that "hatred, bigotry and violence have no place ...
Belarus regime ‘threatened to kidnap my baby son’, activist claims

Belarus regime ‘threatened to kidnap my baby son’, activist claims

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A human rights activist from Belarus has claimed the security forces once threatened to kidnap her son when he was a month old.Olga Karatch also alleged that children have been used as leverage in an attempt to coerce other female campaigners, politicians and journalists in the country. "This is unbelievable pressure, using children and using the threat of kidnapping children," she told Sky News on Wednesday, speaking in neighbouring Lithuania where she said she moved her son for his own protection following the alleged incident in 2014. Image: Olga Karatch moved her son to neighbouring Lithuania for his own protection in 2014 It was not immediately possible to obtain a response to the allegations from the Belarusian authorities.Her c...
Suspected pirates kidnap Dutch cargo ship crew members near Nigeria

Suspected pirates kidnap Dutch cargo ship crew members near Nigeria

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April 24 (UPI) -- Suspected pirates boarded a Dutch-flagged cargo ship near the Nigerian coast, the ship's managing company said Monday.The suspects kidnapped 12 of the 14 crew members on board FWN Rapide on Saturday near Port Harcourt, ForestWave Navigation BV said.Two others crew members were uninjured and moved the vessel to a safe location, the company said. ForestWave commended the two for their "courageous and professional handling" of the incident."ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return," the company said in a statement. "The company's Emergency Response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities."The ship was traveling from Tak...