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Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal

In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, right, and female companion Henrike Dielen disembark from the Philippine Navy vessel upon arrival at dawn Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. Okonek and Dielen, who had been kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released Friday by the militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command)

Two Germans kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines are safely back at their Manila embassy, officials said Saturday after a harrowing six-month ordeal in which they endured threats of beheading and seemingly routine cruelty.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Philippine tracker dogs to help look for hostages


The Philippine military is deploying 10 teams of tracker dogs to help locate about a dozen hostages being held by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in jungle bases in the south, including two German tourists the militants have threatened to kill.

Posted: October 7th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

On pullout of peacekeepers: Safety of PH troops paramount, AFP says

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. AP FILE PHOTO

Amid the gallant stand of the Filipino peacekeepers against the rebels in Golan Heights, the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday said that the safety of the troops is always paramount in every situation.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 Malaysia kidnap victims now in Philippine jungle

Muslim militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines after kidnapping the women from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia early this month, security officials said Friday.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Jordanian journalist arrives at PNP headquarters in QC


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 »