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Estrada flies to Hong Kong to apologize to kin of hostage victims

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In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Tuesday left the country to formally apologize for the deaths of the eight Hong Kong tourists during the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

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

Palace deplores HK decision on visa sanction

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Two days before Hong Kong is set to end visa-free visits by holders of official Philippine government passports, Malacañang on Monday expressed regret on the sanction, describing it a path away from common understanding.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

First Hong Kong hostage victim receives payout from Manila

In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

A Hong Kong woman who was shot in the face during a deadly 2010 hostage crisis in the Philippines has become the first to receive a payout from Manila, as talks over threatened sanctions continue.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines says Syrian rebels firm on hostage demands

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The Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that rebels who are holding 21 Filipino peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights are insisting Syrian troops leave the area before releasing their captives.Peacekeeper, United Nations, Golan Heights, Hostage Crisis, Department of Foreign Affairs

Posted: March 8th, 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 »

34 Filipino field workers flown out of Algeria

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Thirty-four Filipinos working at the Algerian gas field where dozens of foreigners are feared dead in a hostage crisis have been flown out of the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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