• Australian believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian aid worker is believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, Australian officials said on Friday, as her father issued a plea for her safe return.

  • In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 file photo, Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao smiles as he answers questions from reporters upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, after beating American Timothy Bradley during their WBO welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, April 28, barnstorming in a province, south of Manila, despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

    Pacquiao presses senatorial campaign despite kidnap threat

    SAN PABLO, Philippines (AP) — Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat?

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Philippines checking if headless body is that of Canadian

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Philippine troops hunt down extremists who beheaded Canadian

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

  • A girl identified as Monica, listens to a translator explain how she managed to escape Boko Haram during a Bring Back Our Girls vigil in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, April 21, 2016, which, two years after Boko Haram abducted the girls from their school, is still held daily. A total of 219 girls remain missing, and Power said she couldn't imagine the frustration of the families. Power is traveling to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to highlight the growing threat Boko Haram poses to the Lake Chad Basin region. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Returning home is a mixed blessing for victims of Boko Haram

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — “Bring Back Our Girls,” say the placards in the park and the tweets read around the world. But for thousands of girls and women who’ve escaped Boko Haram’s clutches, the message they’ve sometimes encountered at homecomings has been “Stay Away.”

  • This photo provided by The Public Theater  shows, Pascale Armand, from left, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saycon Sengbloh in "Eclipsed," written by Danai Gurira, in New York. In an effort to shine a light on the hundreds of girls abducted from a school in Nigeria two years ago, all performances of the Broadway play “Eclipsed” will be dedicated to the still-missing victims. Gurira said Friday, April 22, 2016, that each future performance of her play will be dedicated to a girl who has been abducted by the Boko Haram and will be named in her honor. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

    ‘Eclipsed’ shows on Broadway to be dedicated to victims

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an effort to shine a light on the hundreds of girls abducted from a school in Nigeria two years ago, all performances of the Broadway play “Eclipsed” will be dedicated to the still-missing victims.

  • In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, France's Serge Lazarevic and his daughter Diane listen to speeches after he arrived at Villacoublay's military airport, west of Paris. Serge Lazarevic, who was abducted in Mali and held hostage by al-Qaida extremists for more than three years, has recounted his bitter homecoming to France to the Associated Press on Friday, April 22, 2016. Lazarevic says his government has no idea how to come with him or other victims of Islamic militants. He was abducted with his friend, Philippe Verdon, as they were scouting locations for a cement factory. Verdon was killed in captivity. Lazarevic’s book, “From One Desert to Another” comes out next week. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

    Former al-Qaida hostage recounts bitter return to France

    PARIS (AP) — The back of his shorn head still bears a deep scar of his al-Qaida jailers’ beatings, although he has regained the weight that sloughed off during more than three years of captivity.

  • Extremists in north Mali free Int’l Red Cross workers

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists in northern Mali freed three staffers with the International Committee of the Red Cross they had kidnapped last week, a spokesman for the organization said Friday.