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Other kidnap victims fear higher Sayyaf ransom demand

German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

The repercussion of ransom being paid to a crime group that held hostage and released two German nationals recently is being felt most by the family of a businesswoman who is still in the hands of the Germans’ captors, the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Troops search for seized Germans

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Two German tourists who have been missing for three months had been abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and were being held “unharmed” by the al-Qaida-linked gunmen in the jungle in Sulu, security officials said Thursday.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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 »

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