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Abductors demand $11.3M for Chinese

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A Malaysian minister says gunmen have demanded a ransom of 500 million Philippine pesos ($11.3 million) for the release of a Chinese tourist abducted last week from a resort off Borneo island.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf – the ghost that haunts a Sabah paradise

Armed members of Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group that signed a 1996 peace pact with the Philippine Government, arrive at Patikul town on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines on Jan. 15, 2013, to seek the release of foreign and Filipino hostages long held by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

Before the latest kidnapping of two resort workers, a Chinese and a Filipina, in Semporna island Sabah, the notorious armed group Abu Sayyaf previously took 21 people hostage from another resort in eastern Sabah.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Sabah hostages held in southern PH – Malaysian military

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The two foreign women abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen from Singamata Reef Resort on the Malaysian island of Semporna, Sabah are alive and well and are being held on an island in southern Philippines, military officials said.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

$3.5M the usual price for non-Filipino hostages

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf group believed to be responsible for the abduction of a Chinese and Filipina in Sabah used to demand up to $3.5 million for the release of non-Filipino kidnap victims, a security analyst said.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

4 detained for questioning in Sabah resort kidnapping

A boat of General Operations Forces team patrolling at a resort area in Semporna in the east coast of Sabah. Photo from The Star/ Asia News Network

Sabah police have taken in three men and a woman over the kidnapping incident at Singamata Reef Resort off Semporna town in the east coast of Sabah.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA confirms abduction of Filipina in Sabah

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Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday the abduction of a Filipina and a Chinese tourist in a resort in Semporna, Malaysia.

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

Abu Sayyaf men abduct 2 in Malaysia–officials

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A 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker have been abducted from a resort off Semporna, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH not giving up Sabah over Malaysia’s help in peace talks with MILF — Drilon

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Senate President Franklin Drilon. PRIB FILE PHOTO

The Philippines didn’t dangle Sabah as a concession to Malaysia for facilitating talks that culminated in a historic peace deal with Moro rebels, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Sunday.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Tawi-Tawi fishers now banned in Tanjung Labian by Malaysia

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In graduation ceremonies here, parents among the Sama tribe of Sitangkai and Sibutu islands worry about being able to send their children to college because fishing, their principal means of livelihood, has been adversely affected by the Sabah standoff, which ended in March 2013.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

122 more deportees arrive in Tawi-Tawi from Malaysia

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Another batch of deportees from Sabah, Malaysia arrived in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday night.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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