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Why AIRBNB and UBER may not be a safe way to...

Traveling to Costa Rica and staying at an AIRBNB and taking an UBER may not be a safe decision. be A body was reportedly found Monday on the Costa Rican property where a Florida woman who recently disappeared was staying. A family is searching for answers after a Florida woman celebrating her birthday with her sister-in-law vanished last week in Costa Rica -- just hours before she was reportedly set to return to the United States.

Polish tourists kidnapped, freed in Lebanon

Two Polish tourists were briefly kidnapped in Lebanon's Beqaa valley on Tuesday but were freed after security forces opened fire on their captors at a checkpoint, killing one of them, the Lebanese arm

Kidnapped US tourists freed in Yemen

An American couple kidnapped in Yemen have been released, government officials have said.

Tourists attacked, kidnapped in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT — Three Spanish tourists were kidnapped on Sunday in northwestern Mauritania on the road linking the capital Nouakchott to the city of Nouadhibou, a Spanish diplomatic source said.

Bodies of missing tourists found

The corpses of seven foreign tourists were found in Sa’ada, Yemen Monday. They were part of a group of nine visiting the northern mountain city, and were kidnapped last Thursday.

Pakistan hunts French tourist’s kidnappers

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police hunted Sunday for a French tourist kidnapped in the country's restive southwest but an officer said they still did not know who was behind the abduction.

Foreign tourists ‘taken in Yemen’

Armed tribesman have abducted a couple, believed to be Dutch, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security sources say.

Three German nationals kidnapped in Yemen

Tribal disputes were blamed for the capture of a United Nations worker and her parents, all German nationals, in the outskirts of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

Austria says no ransom was paid to free tourists

VIENNA, Austria - Austria did not pay a ransom for last week's release of two tourists held for eight months by an al-Qaida affiliate in Africa, officials said Monday.

Tourists nabbed in Egypt now in Chad

KHARTOUM - The Sudanese army said it had killed the leader of a group that kidnapped 11 Western tourists and eight Egyptians on Sunday and said the hostages were now in Chad, the state-run SUNA news a

Kidnapped tourists taken to Libya

KHARTOUM — Bandits who kidnapped 19 tourists and Egyptians in the desert have moved them from Sudan to Libya, shadowed by Sudanese forces who have said they will not put the hostages' lives at risk.

Egypt makes contact with kidnappers over tourists

Discussions are under way involving Egypt and the abductors of 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians held captive across the frontier in Sudan, Egyptian Minister of TourismZohair Garanah said.

Tourists ‘abducted’ in Egypt

Up to 15 people, including 11 foreign tourists, have been abducted in Egypt, according to the Italian foreign ministry and Egyptian security sources.

Somali pirates want $1.4 mln for French tourists

NAIROBI - Somali pirates hijacked yet another ship on Wednesday and a maritime group said two French tourists kidnapped at sea a week ago were being held by gunmen demanding a ransom of more than $1.4

Somali pirates ‘kidnap tourists’

Two French citizens and their sailing boat have been seized by pirates off the Somali coast, French officials say.

Vietnamese diplomat, tourists escape captors in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO - A Vietnamese diplomat and three Chinese tourists were kidnapped at gunpoint on their way to Rio de Janeiro's famed Christ the Redeemer statue but managed to escape from their captors

Kurdish rebels release kidnapped German tourists

Turkey's foreign ministry says Kurdish rebels have released three German tourists who were kidnapped earlier this month in the east of the country.

PKK says kidnapped tourists well, urges Germany to back Kurds

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, said the three German tourists it kidnapped last week are well, and urged Germany to end a crackdown on Kurdish groups.

PKK kidnaps 3 German tourists in east Turkey

ISTANBUL - Kurdish guerrillas have kidnapped three German tourists on a climbing expedition in eastern Turkey, a local governor was reported as saying on Wednesday.

‘The Kidnappers Want Ransom for Tourists’ – Puntland Official

A security official with the Somali regional government of Puntland has said that local authorities are taking the case of four kidnapped tourists from Europe "very seriously."

Somali pirates kidnap four European tourists in Gulf of Aden

Four European tourists were abducted by pirates from a yacht off Somali's northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland on June 22, officials said.

Freed Japanese tourist arrives in Tehran

A Japanese tourist who was released by rebels in southeastern Iran after being kidnapped in October arrived in Tehran on Sunday, an AFP correspondent reported. He arrived at Tehran city airport from the southeastern city of Zahedan at around 3:00 pm (1030 GMT) after his release on Saturday but did not make an appearance before the waiting media.

2 Japanese tourists kidnapped in Yemen: security official

SAN'A, Yemen — Two Japanese tourists were kidnapped Wednesday by unknown assailants in Yemen's Marib province, a security official and a tribal leader said.

Tourist kidnappers extend ultimatum, criticize Austria

Austria said on Tuesday it could not confirm the authenticity of another ultimatum issued by the kidnappers of two Austrian tourists in North Africa. Austria's Foreign Ministry said experts were analyzing an internet video were al-Qaeda's North African wing warned that Austria was responsible for the fate of the two tourists.

Austrian hostage deadline extended by week

DUBAI — An internet statement posted in the name of Al-Qaeda on Monday said the group had extended until next weekend its ultimatum for the release of prisoners in exchange for two Austrian tourists. The jihadist network's north African branch also threatened to kill the two hostages in the event of any attempt to free them by force in the statement posted on an Islamist website.
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