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Hunt on for Moro leader who led Sabah 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

Malaysian and Philippine security forces are scouring scores of islands in the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces for a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) soldier known as “Haji Gulam” and his men.

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

In the Know: Bansil sisters still remain captives of Abu Sayyaf

Nadjoua Bansil (left) and sister Linda (right). AP FILE PHOTO

On June 22, Filipino-Algerian sisters Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were abducted by at least 10 armed men in Patikul town, Sulu province, while riding a passenger jeepney to Jolo town. The two were doing a film on the sultanate of Sulu.

Posted: December 6th, 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 »

Landmark pact offers 40M people hope

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At least 40 million people depend on the sea in areas bounded by three countries—the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia—that have entered into an agreement to protect and jointly manage the rich marine resources that these areas hold. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

On the map, the Sulu and Celebes Seas look like semi-enclosed twin basins separated only by a chain of islands called the Sulu archipelago.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Trial of 27 Filipinos in Sabah standoff to start January

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In this Thursday, March 14, 2013 photo released by Malaysia's Ministry of Defense, Malaysian soldiers discuss strategies at Sungai Nyamuk where a stand-off with Filipino gunmen took place, near Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, Borneo's Sabah state, Malaysia. INQUIRER file photo

The Malaysian high court will start hearing in January the case of 27 Filipino armed followers of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram III involved in a bloody clash with Malaysian forces in Sabah in February.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Malaysian hostage recounts Philippines escape – reports

Photo by The Star-Asia News Network

A Malaysian plantation manager held hostage by Philippine Muslim extremists said he escaped before dawn under the cover of a tropical downpour after almost nine months in abysmal conditions, reports said Sunday.

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Sulu police hope to find body of Malaysian kidnap victim

Photo by The Star-Asia News Network

Philippine police will be looking for the body of a Malaysian kidnapped victim who could have died of illness while being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen in Jolo.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Australia advises citizens to avoid travelling to parts of Mindanao

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Screengrab from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website

MANILA, Philippines — The Australian government warned its citizens on Tuesday against travel to parts of Mindanao citing “a very high threat” of terrorism and violent crime. In a July 1 update of its travel advisory on the Philippines, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) also bared that all scheduled trips of Australian [...]

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Amnesty appeals to Filipino captors of 2 sisters

Nadjoua Bansil (left) and sister Linda (right). AP FILE PHOTO

Amnesty International and the family of two Filipino-Algerian sisters called for suspected Islamic extremists to release the women immediately, saying Thursday that they are human rights defenders and filmmakers who focused on the plight of impoverished Muslims in Mindanao.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila disputes report of killings near Malaysia

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The Philippine military disputed a newspaper report that its naval and coast guard forces killed 35 gunmen to stop them from entering the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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