A Danish photographer who was held captive for 13 months by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has finally spoken out about his tortuous detention, which included periods where he was not allowed to sit for days, and an instance where he was forced to dance with IS' most notorious executioner.
Daniel Rye Ottosen, a freelance photographer from Odense, Denmark, was captured by the Islamic State in 2013 and held with other European and American journalists and aid workers who were eventually featured in the group's widely publicized video beheadings that were carried out by famed black-masked executioner, Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi — also known by the nickname "Jihadi John."
Fortunately for Ottosen, he did not suffer the same fate as Americans James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff or Britons Alan Henning and David Haines. With the help of his sister, a fundraising campaign was established through Facebook to pay an approximate ransom of $2.28 million to the terrorist group to secure his release. more >>
Witnesses have come forward to support the civil lawsuit filed by the sons of Jee Jing Hang, one among many of the missing passengers of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Datuk Arunan Selvaraj, lead counsel of Hang's two teenaged sons, said that the new witnesses held vital information to help strengthen the civil case against a collection of authorities and organizations responsible for the event, such as the Malaysian Government, the Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysia air force, civil aviation authorities, and the immigration department.
Selvaraj refused to reveal their witnesses as of yet, but has stated that the lawyers will not be summoning Mario Balotelli, the Italian footballer who claimed terrorist suspects and was consulted by investigators during the initial investigation of the case. more >>
Two Amish girls kidnapped from their family's vegetable stand have been returned and are doing well, officials say.
The girls were abducted by two men, who took them to a home just 13 miles from their home in Oswegatchie, New York. Fannie, 12, and Delila Miller, 7, were taken from their family's vegetable stand on Wednesday and managed to escape from their captors. They then arrived at the home of Jeff Stinson, who returned them to their home.
"The children seemed to be healthy, a little wet and cold," St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain, told the press. "We have the sheriff's department and the FBI speaking with the young ladies," Raid added. "I can't wait until they arrest these people, if there's more than one, because I would love an opportunity to prosecute them." more >>
Rallies and prayer vigils worldwide are marking 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria were abducted by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, with most of the girls still missing.
A rally is planned for Thursday at the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Institute on Religion & Democracy, Jubilee Campaign and The Working Group on Nigeria.
"The intentions of Boko Haram to forcibly Islamize Nigeria through horrific violence are a very serious threat both to U.S. security and to the citizens of Nigeria," said IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J. H. McDonnell in a statement released Wednesday. more >>
A teen feared taken in by a human trafficking ring has been found at a mall in Happy Valley, Oregon. Anji Dean, 17, was located at a mall by a Good Samaritan who tried to help Anji and notified officials, who quickly came and brought Anji home.
"It is clear that the local and national news coverage as well as the widespread sharing of this family's story via social media such as Facebook and Twitter was integral in leading us to her safe return," Sgt. Kevin Allais told the press. "This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking. We will be continuing our investigation."
Police believe that she was the victim of a human trafficking ring. A woman identified as Jennifer told KGW that Anji introduced herself using her real name but then asked to be called "Daisy." She reportedly told Jennifer that people were looking for her and she was being forced to do things she did not want. Jennifer tried to help her, but Anji disappeared before that could happen. more >>
Joran van der Sloot, the man suspected in the death of American student Natalee Holloway, has officially married while in a Peruvian prison, his lawyer confirmed. Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence and may face extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for questioning and extortion.
Van der Sloot exchanged vows with a Peruvian local named Leidy Figueroa on Friday morning, CNN reported. The couple met while he was in prison, serving time for killing Stephany Flores and maintained a relationship in- and outside the prison walls. The two even managed to conceive a child and Figueroa is due in September.
"They became friends and spent a lot of time together in his cell," van der Sloot's lawyer, Maximo Altez, said. "Unlike the United States, here in Peru, loved ones or relatives can see inmates inside their jails." more >>