Eleven hostages, captured by Somali pirates in 2010, were released. While pirate attacks have decreased, 38 crew members remain in captivity, the U.N. said.
Jeffrey Edward Fowle detained: North Korea detained an Ohio man, a tourist, for an unspecified crime. Pyongyang now has three Americans in detention.
Jeffrey Fowle reportedly left a Bible in his hotel room. He would be the third American known to be in the custody of North Korea, which is sensitive to outside influences, including Christianity.
North Korea said on Friday it had detained an American tourist, bringing the number of US citizens held by Pyongyang to three.
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The first US ambassador to Somalia in decades will start off based in neighboring Kenya. Dedicating a US official to Somalia is expected to give the US more say in regional security issues.
The former secretary of state tells People magazine that she wants to enjoy the moment — she's about to become a grandmother — as she considers 'what I think is right for me.'
The Bergdahl-for-Taliban swap is under fire from Republican lawmakers and commentators. But Taliban leaders' release does not pose that great a threat to US troops, Pentagon officials say.
Robert Ford resigned as US ambassador to Syria earlier this year, and this week he broke his silence, harshly criticizing the Obama administration's response to the three-year war.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged help for Lebanon, which is housing 1 million Syrian refugees in a country of 4 million.