Al-Qaeda militants are holding a South African couple abducted last month in Yemen's central city of Taiz, a top security official has said.
Unidentified gunmen have seized two South African citizens in the Yemeni city of Taiz, an interior ministry source has said.
Preliminary DNA results have confirmed that the man accused of kidnapping and raping three US woman had fathered the girl rescued with them this week.
A kidnapped French family are likely to have been separated into two groups by their abductors, says France, as Nigerian forces search for them.
Algerian troops have crossed into Mali to help government forces combat groups affiliated to al-Qaeda, officials and witnesses have said.
More than 300 suspected kidnappers have been arrested in Nigeria since February, the police chief said on Wednesday.
A five-year-old, who was kidnapped in Johannesburg on Sunday, has been reunited with his family, two radio stations reported on Tuesday.
Negotiations are continuing to secure the release of four SA peacekeepers who were abducted in Sudan, it was reported on Friday.
Four SA peacekeepers from the joint UN-AU mission who were kidnapped this week in Darfur are "in good health", the mission said on Friday.
The South African man being held hostage in Nigeria has still not been released, his father-in-law said on Monday.
M-Net on Tuesday confirmed that three of its staff members were taken hostage in Nigeria, and another was shot and wounded.
Gunmen kidnapped two children on their way to school in Nigeria's main oil city of Port Harcourt, police said on Monday.
Kidnapping for ransom, popularised by armed militants in Nigeria's southern troubled oil hub, is spreading across the vast West African country.
It's going to be difficult for Jaycee Dugard and her parents, who lost an 11-year-old girl and found a woman. They won't know her.
The grandson of Mangosuthu Buthelezi was abducted last week, the IFP leader said in his online letter on Thursday.
Authorities have identified the kidnappers of an American working for the UN refugee agency but want to avoid hasty action that may endanger him.
A Sri Lankan peace advocate was kidnapped on Friday in the southern Philippines, police and military officials said.
An alleged proof-of-life video raised hopes on Sunday over the fate of two Canadian diplomats who were kidnapped almost eight weeks ago in Niger.
OJ Simpson could receive a tough jail term on Friday when he goes back to court for sentencing after being convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping.
A death threat against six French hostages seized from an oil vessel off Cameroon has been lifted, a commander of a militia group said on Saturday.