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$3.5M the usual price for non-Filipino hostages

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf group believed to be responsible for the abduction of a Chinese and Filipina in Sabah used to demand up to $3.5 million for the release of non-Filipino kidnap victims, a security analyst said.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine troops hunt militants behind Malaysia abductions

Malaysian security forces at the resort. The Star Online-Asia News Network

Philippine soldiers have been deployed to a remote southern island where suspected Islamic militants are believed to have taken two female hostages seized from a resort in neighbouring Malaysia, the military said Friday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Rights abuses continue in PH–US report

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Jonas Burgos (contributed photo), CHR Chair Etta Rosales (Inquirer.net file photo), US Secretary of State John Kerry (AP file photo)

Human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by government security forces, continued unabated in the Philippines in the past year, according to the US State Department’s 2014 Human Rights Report released here on Thursday.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf Group capability to raise terror remains a concern for the US

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Armed members of Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group that signed a 1996 peace pact with the Philippine Government, arrive at Patikul town on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines on Jan. 15, 2013, to seek the release of foreign and Filipino hostages long held by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

The capability of Abu Sayyaf Group to raise terror remains a concern of the United States even as it claimed that the situation in Mindanao has “progressed” over time.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Al-Qaida-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist’s crew believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants in June last year as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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