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Jordanian journalist arrives at PNP headquarters in QC

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani, who was freed by the Abu Sayyaf after being held captive for a year and half, has arrived at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Jordanian journalist may be flown to Manila—PNP spokesman

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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

If his physical condition permits, freed Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani may be brought to Manila, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police said Thursday .

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

Hong Kong chief meets Aquino, but no apologies over hostage crisis

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chunying finally got to meet President Benigno Aquino, more than three years after eight of his compatriots were killed during a bungled hostage rescue operation in Manila.

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

Apec kicks out 9 HK journalists

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BUSINESS TALKS President Aquino, flanked by Taiwan’s former Vice President Vincent Siew and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, takes part in a dialogue between leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum and businessmen from the region on the first day of the 21st Apec Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday. ROMEO GACAD/AFP

The bungled Manila hostage crisis that left eight Hong Kong tourists killed three years ago came back to haunt President Aquino at the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit here.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US Embassy sends condolences to kin of Zambo attack victims

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Former US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr.

The US embassy has expressed sympathy on Monday for the victims of the ongoing insurgent attacks by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City.

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Syrian rebels fail to free 21 Filipino peacekeepers

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In this Nov. 11, 2012 photo released by the Philippine Army, Philippine peacekeeping officers line up before departing to Golan Heights at the Villamor Air Base at a Manila suburb, in the Philippines. The Philippine government said Thursday, March 7, 2013 that talks were under way for the release of 21 unarmed Filipino U.N. peacekeepers who were detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights in the increasingly volatile zone separating Israeli and Syrian troops. (AP Photo/Philippine Army)

The expected release of the 21 Filipino United Nations (UN) peacekeepers being held hostage by rebels in Syria did not happen, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

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

Japan’s Algeria survivors, dead arrive in Tokyo

The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week's hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The seven Japanese survivors of the Algerian hostage crisis, and nine of the 10 dead, arrived back in a shell-shocked Japan Friday as the prime minister spoke of the nation’s “deepest grief”.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Wife wants proof of Filipino’s death in Algeria hostage

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Unidentified rescued hostages pose for the media in Ain Amenas, Algeria, in this image taken from television Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Algeria’s state news service says nearly 100 out of 132 foreign hostages have been freed from a gas plant where Islamist militants had held them captive for three days. The APS news agency report was an unexpected indication of both more hostages than had previously been reported and a potentially breakthrough development in what has been a bloody siege. (AP Photo/Canal Algerie via Associated Press TV)

Estrella Santiago refuses to totally believe that her husband Iluminado—Bong to family and friends—was among the Filipinos killed by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Algeria last week.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

6 Filipinos killed, used as shields in Algeria

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Joseph Balmaceda, one of the four Filipino oil field workers who was wounded but survived the terrorist attacks of an oil field in Algeria, talks about his ordeal shortly upon arrival at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Manila, Philippines Monday Jan. 21, 2013. In a separate briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Spokesman Raul Hernandez said six Filipino workers were killed and four more are still unaccounted for. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Islamic militants used foreign hostages as human shields to stop Algerian troops aboard helicopters from strafing them with gunfire. This was the account of survivor Joseph Balmaceda who arrived in Manila Monday.

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

Algeria launches ‘final assault’; 7 hostages dead

The Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. AP FIL E PHOTO

Algeria’s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a “final assault” aimed at ending a four-day-old hostage crisis, the state news agency reported. It said 11 extremists and seven hostages were killed.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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