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Atyani says he escaped due to lax security at Abu Sayyaf camp

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In this photo taken on Monday June 11, 2012 veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani, poses by the sea wall in Jolo, the capital of the island province of Sulu in Southern Philippines during his taping of his story of the island, a hotbed of Muslim militants about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.  AP

“Now I see the light of freedom. My freedom is back.”

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf abductors free Jordanian journalist

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Veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani, undergoes medical checkup following his release from one-and-a-half years of captivity in Jolo, the capital of the island province of Sulu in Southern Philippines late Wednesday Dec.4, 2013. Baker Atyani, a Jordanian national who met and interviewed Osama Bin Laden and his aides in Afghanistan months before the Sept.11, 2001 attacks and now Al-Arabiya's TV Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia based in Jakarta, was doing a story of the island, a hotbed of Muslim militants about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila, when kidnapped June 12, 2012, with his two Filipino crew on a restive Jolo island where militants are active, officials said.   AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani was released by his Abu Sayyaf abductors in Patikul, Sulu, Wednesday evening, after 18 months in captivity, police said late Wednesday.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Devastation left by ‘Yolanda’ moves Muslim aid workers to tears

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The devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda has drawn an outpouring of support from the German people—more than 176 million euros, or about P10.7 billion, for relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected regions. AP FILE PHOTO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Muslim humanitarian workers from such countries as Malaysia and Turkey said they shed tears on seeing the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte and cebu.   “I felt so sad to see how disaster destroyed the lives of Filipino people in Leyte and Cebu,” Mohammad Safaruddin Jhinku, head of the training [...]

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Rights watch airs concern over state, MNLF abuses in Zamboanga

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WOUNDED SOLDIER A government trooper tends to a comrade who was wounded by mortar fire on the fifth day of the standoff between government forces and Moro rebels in Zamboanga City on Friday. EDWIN BACASMAS

Claiming it had received reports of torture of suspected Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) gunmen, even the elderly, by state security forces, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Philippine government to investigate “when the smoke finally clears in Zamboanga.”

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

20 hurt as portion of wooden arena in Zamboanga City collapses

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Zamboanga Penisula

At least 20 persons were hurt when a portion of the Gallera de Ayala here gave way during a derby on Saturday night.

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Broken home awaits Zamboanga City’s hero dog

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THE HUT which the Bunggal couple used to share with Kabang and which is now a lonely place following the couple’s separation JULIE ALIPALA

Kabang, the dog that lost its upper snout when hit by a motorcycle while saving two girls here last year, will be coming home to a broken family.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Yanks told: Don’t you go to far Zamboanga

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Zamboanga Penisula

The United States Embassy on Wednesday warned US citizens against traveling to the Zamboanga Peninsula, saying it had moved its personnel already in the area to a secure location amid a “credible” kidnap-for-ransom threat against foreigners.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Kabang to return to PH but will have new master

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Kabang, the female aspin (native dog) who saved the nieces of her owner from being hit by a motorcycle, is expected to come home from the United States before school opens this year.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Twists, turns in bid to free Rodwell

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‘Smiling, skeletal’ is how Australian Warren Richard Rodwell is described after 15 months in captivity.  PHOTO/WESTERN MINDANAO WESTERN COMMAND

The ransom had changed hands and a day had passed, but Australian Warren Rodwell remained in the Abu Sayyaf’s hands. Basilan Vice Gov. Al Rasheed Sakalahul felt he had been duped and he wanted to unleash hell on the kidnappers.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf bandits free Aussie for P7M

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‘Smiling, skeletal’ is how Australian Warren Richard Rodwell is described after 15 months in captivity.  PHOTO/WESTERN MINDANAO WESTERN COMMAND

The Abu Sayyaf bandit counted the money in front of Basilan Vice Gov. Al Rasheed Sakalahul. It was P4 million. And early on Saturday morning, Australian Warren Richard Rodwell walked to freedom after 15 months in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked band of kidnappers.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in Banner Story,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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