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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 »

Abu Sayyaf clashes with MNLF troops after freeing 2 Filipino captives

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Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte

Kidnappers have released the two Filipino crew members of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani, just as reports surfaced that members of the Moro National Liberation Front have clashed with Abu Sayyaf in its bid to pressure the bandit group into releasing more of their captives.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Al-Qaida-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist’s crew believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants in June last year as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Jordanian journalist, 2 Filipinos still alive in Abu Sayyaf lair

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani and his two Filipino companions – Ramelito Vela and Rolando Letrero – remain alive at the Abu Sayyaf lair in Sulu, where they have been held since June 12, according to sources.

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Cops dispatched to locate Jordanian journalist, 2 Filipinos

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Police forces have been dispatched to locate the Jordanian journalist and his two Filipino crew being held by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu.

Posted: June 25th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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