• Demonstrators hold signs demanding the release of three journalists who are believed to have been taken hostage, during a sit-in in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Salud Hernandez-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spain's El Mundo and columnist for the Bogota daily El Tiempo, as well as Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo, journalists at the local TV network RCN, are reported missing on the northeastern Colombia's border with Venezuela, a mountainous area dominated by leftist rebels and drug-traffickers. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — National Liberation Army rebels have freed a Spanish journalist who went missing a week ago in a lawless region of Colombia, according to the Roman Catholic Church, which helped secure her release.

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  • This Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo, shows Azeri Khadija Ismayilova, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan's court has ordered investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation. In September 2015, a court in Azerbaijan convicted Ismayilova of several financial crimes and sentenced her to 7½ years in prison. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov, file)

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    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A prominent, award-winning Azerbaijani journalist was released on probation Wednesday following a storm of international protests about her imprisonment, which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical voice.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, looks at Ukrainian jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko  during their meting  in the Presidential Office in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Russia has released jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — During the nearly two years that she was imprisoned in Russia, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko became a national hero in absentia, lauded for her flinty defiance. On Wednesday she made a celebrated return to the country still embroiled in a fight against Moscow-backed separatists.

  • In this Monday, March 21, 2016 file photo, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko smiles to journalists from a glass-covered cage in court in Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. A lawyer for one of two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine says the groundwork is being laid for a possible exchange with Savchenko, who is imprisoned in Russia. Lawyer Valentin Rybin told the state news agency Tass on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, that both Russians have submitted a petition for a pardon to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    The Latest: Ukrainian pilot Savchenko freed, flown to Kiev

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