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Kidnapped in Sabah, freed in Sulu

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A Taiwanese tourist who was kidnapped more than a month ago at a Malaysian island resort returned to Taiwan on Saturday after she was rescued in Sulu on Friday.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

US: Corruption abets terror in PH

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While citing its “strong counterterrorism cooperation” with the Philippines, the United States noted that “official corruption” and resource and personnel constraints had stymied the country’s antiterror campaign.

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | 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 »

52 Filipinos accounted for in gas plant attack

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday that 52 Filipinos caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis had been accounted for, but it was still not known whether any Philippine nationals were among the dead.

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

Algeria: 32 militants killed, with 23 hostages

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TROUBLED GAS FIELD This Oct. 8, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the city of Amenas, Algeria. At the Amenas Gas Field, 45 km from the city and not shown in this image, Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. AP/DigitalGlobe

In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 19 hostages and 29 militants dead. Dozens of foreign workers remain unaccounted for, leading to fears the death toll could rise.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Jordanian free to go, but…

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There are reports that Jordanian journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani was finally allowed to leave the Abu Sayyaf camp on Thursday but he decided to stay when the Islamist extremists would not release his two Filipino cameramen, a civil society organization leader said Friday.

Posted: June 30th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Robredo: Abu Sayyaf holding Atyani, crew

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Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Saturday confirmed that veteran TV journalist Baker Atyani of Al Arabiya and his two Filipino cameramen were being held hostage somewhere in the jungles of Sulu by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Bali bomber convicted

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SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS. Indonesian militant Umar Patek, left, listens to his lawyer Ashludin Hatjani after being sentenced to 20 years in prison at West Jakarta district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Patek was convicted guilty of his role in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. AP/Dita Alangkara

An Indonesian militant was convicted of helping to build the massive car bomb used in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub attacks and sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, concluding the trial for the case’s last main defendant.

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Al-Qaida links with Southeast Asia fraying

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A top Indonesian terror suspect captured in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was later killed insists he was unaware of the al-Qaida leader’s presence there, according to the video of his interrogation obtained by The Associated Press.

Posted: February 19th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Malaysia to help Philippines identify dead extremists

In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, photo, Philippine National Police Special Action Forces examine the site on the island province of Jolo in southern Philippines where three most wanted leaders of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah were among those allegedly killed in a US-backed airstrike at dawn in one of the most significant successes against terrorism in Southeast Asia in recent years. The military said, the three killed terrorist leaders are Filipino Abu Sayyaf leader Umbra Jumdail, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir and a Singaporean leader in Jemaah Islamiyah Abdullah Ali.  AP PHOTO

The Philippine military said Friday Malaysia would send forensics experts in an effort to obtain proof that Filipino forces had killed three of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects.

Posted: February 10th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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