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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 »

Atyani says he escaped due to lax security at Abu Sayyaf camp

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In this photo taken on Monday June 11, 2012 veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani, poses by the sea wall in Jolo, the capital of the island province of Sulu in Southern Philippines during his taping of his story of the island, a hotbed of Muslim militants about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.  AP

“Now I see the light of freedom. My freedom is back.”

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

Freed Jordanian names Abu Sayyaf kidnapper

Veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani looks at his X-ray record as he undergoes medical check-up 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. AP FILE PHOTO/Nickee Butlangan

A Jordanian journalist has identified the leader of an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that held him for a year and a half in the jungles of the southern Philippines after luring him with a promise of an interview.

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

Jordanian reporter recovering after PH kidnap ordeal

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

A Jordanian TV reporter on Thursday described escaping captivity by Islamic militants in the southern Philippine jungle following an 18-month kidnap ordeal that saw him lose a third of his body weight.

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

Freed Filipino hostage thought he’d die in captivity in Jolo jungle

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Ramel Vela, one of two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist's crew believed to have been kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in June, is interviewed by a police officer in his hospital room Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. “We never thought we’d make it out alive.” A teary-eyed Vela said.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

“We never thought we’d make it out alive.”

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Military: No US drone strike in PH in 2006

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The military on Monday denied that the United States conducted a drone strike in 2006 in an attempt to kill Indonesian terrorist Omar Patek.

Posted: July 9th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Robredo wants Arab journalist banned from PH

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The heat is now on Jordanian journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani. Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said here on Wednesday that he wants Atyani banned from coming into the country again after the latter set out to Jolo to interview the terror group Abu Sayyaf without informing the government.

Posted: June 20th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No rescue operation yet for missing Arab journalist

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Veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani, left, interviews Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, right, at the airport in Jolo during his taping of his story of the island in this photo taken on Monday. AP

There will be no search and rescue operations for Middle Eastern journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani and his two Filipino crewmembers for now as police consider them to be “just missing.”

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Arab TV reporter disappears in Sulu

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with his two Manila-based crewmen while on a reporting trip on Jolo island, officials said on Friday.

Posted: June 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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