The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 4, 2008.
By United Press International

Israeli strikes kill nine Palestinians

GAZA, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Nine Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the Gaza Strip during a series of aggressive strikes by the Israeli military.

Johnston back in U.K. with a fresh shave

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- BBC journalist Alan Johnston arrived safely in the United Kingdom Saturday after being held hostage in Gaza for 114 days by a radical Islamic group.

Johnston: Release a dream come true

GAZA, July 4 (UPI) -- British reporter Alan Johnston said Wednesday his kidnappers' decision to release him was a dream come true for him.

Israel: Release Shalit, too

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 4 (UPI) -- Israel on Wednesday used the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston to demand the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. "The State of Israel welcomes Johnston's release by his captors. We share the joy of his family and all the British people," said

Kidnapped BBC reporter freed

GAZA, July 3 (UPI) -- The Palestinian group holding BBC reporter Alan Johnston in Gaza released him to Hamas Wednesday, the British network reported.

Spokesman for Johnston's captors arrested

GAZA, July 2 (UPI) -- Hamas officials Monday arrested the spokesman for the Army of Islam, which has claimed it is holding BBC journalist Alan Johnston hostage.

Arrest of militants may endanger Johnston

GAZA, July 1 (UPI) -- Kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston may be in further peril, Gaza sources said, after the recent arrest of two militants from the region's Dogmas clan.

BBC reporter in new video

GAZA, June 25 (UPI) -- A BBC reporter kidnapped in Gaza March 12 was shown in a new video, warning the British government not to try to rescue him.

Kidnappers deny deal to release reporter

GAZA, June 17 (UPI) -- Hamas Sunday promised the release of kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston after more than three months in captivity. "The BBC journalist will be released within the next hours, today," Hamas spokesman Abu Osama al-Mouti said at a news conference in Tehran

Johnston's release promised in Gaza

GAZA, June 15 (UPI) -- The captors of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped in Gaza, said Friday he would be free within 24 hours.

Video shows missing BBC reporter

GAZA, June 1 (UPI) -- Missing BBC reporter Alan Johnston said he was in good health in the first video released of him since his abduction in Gaza 12 weeks ago.

Quartet calls for Mideast peace, restraint

BERLIN, May 31 (UPI) -- The Middle East Quartet mediators met in Berlin Thursday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to reaffirm their commitment to peace.

Missing BBC journalist reported alive

CARDIFF, Wales, May 27 (UPI) -- BBC reporter Alan Johnston is alive and could be released soon, a Palestinian government spokesman said in Cardiff, Wales.
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Alan Johnston
BBC reporter Alan Johnston gives a press conference at the British Consulate in Jerusalem, July 4, 2007. Johnston was released early today after four months of captivity in Gaza. (UPI Photo/ Debbie Hill)

Alan Graham Johnston (born 17 May 1962) is a British journalist working for the BBC. He has been the BBC's correspondent in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. Johnston was kidnapped by a group of Palestinian militants on 12 March 2007, and released nearly four months later on 4 July, after Hamas' seizure of control in Gaza.

Johnston was born in Lindi, Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania), to Scottish parents, and was educated at the independent Dollar Academy in Dollar, Scotland. He went on to study at the University of Dundee, where he graduated with an MA in English and politics. Johnston also completed a diploma in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University.

Johnston joined the BBC in 1991, and has spent eight years as a correspondent for them, including in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as Kabul, Afghanistan. He was in Kabul when Afghanistan was still under the control of the Taliban. He was due to be the BBC's full-time correspondent in Gaza until 1 April 2007, and at the time of his kidnapping was the only foreign reporter with a major Western media organisation to still be based in the city.

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