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Nation 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ex-hostage bonded by love

Noel Fong Yin Ken, who was an Abu Sayyaf hostage for 119 days, will add a new chapter in his life. He will be marrying Japanese Yumiko Kitaura here today.

Nation 21 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Former Sipadan hostage weds

The wedding reception of former Sipadan hostage Noel Fong Yin Ken and Yumiko Kitaura at the Pacific Sutera Hotel on Sunday turned out to be a reunion of sorts for several former captives and their negotiators.

AseanPlus News 22 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

750 US troops to join Manila ops

B>WASHINGTON:/BThe United States is sending 750 ground troops to the Philippines to conduct joint operations with Filipino combat patrols fighting guerillas, a Pentagon official said on Thursday.

AseanPlus News 23 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Deployment of US troops causes turmoil

B>MANILA:/BPhilippine leaders battled to quell growing political turmoil triggered by US' disclosure that hundreds of US special operations troops are on the way to fight alongside the Philippine military against ruthless Abu Sayyaf rebels.

AseanPlus News 24 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Manila spurns US combat role

ZAMBOANGA: US and Filipino troops formally launched new anti-terrorism exercises yesterday as the Philippines flatly rejected any combat role for the Americans in fighting Abu Sayyaf rebels linked to al-Qaeda.

AseanPlus News 25 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Philippine official: U.S. military role still being discussed

Philippine Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes said his country needs more American military help to quell Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines but wants the deployment of U.S. forces delayed until their exact role can be determined.

AseanPlus News 06 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

No combat role in Philippines for US soldiers

B>MANILA:/BThe Philippines will not allow US troops to go into combat against Muslim rebels, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said yesterday, a day after a bomb at a southern airport killed 21 people, including an American.

AseanPlus News 17 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rebels warn against deployment of US troops

B>MANILA:/BSeparatist guerillas warned yesterday that deploying US combat trainers near their southern Philippine strongholds could draw the visiting forces into local clashes, resulting in American casualties.

Nation 17 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

17 receive awards for excellent service and contributions

The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) honoured 17 people for their excellent service and contributions to the society.

AseanPlus News 29 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Indon sailor escapes from Abu Sayyaf

B>ZAMBOANGA:/BAn Indonesian sailor held captive by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines has escaped during a military offensive, ending nine months in captivity, the military said yesterday.