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AseanPlus News 15 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Philippine govt nearing deal in prison stand-off

Philippine officials were close to agreeing to the demands of a group of Muslim militants who were holed up in a jail in Manila on Monday after snatching weapons from their guards and killing three of them, negotiators said.

AseanPlus News 16 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Terror leaders with different personalities but same mission

Yesterday the two Abu Sayyaf leaders, who were responsible for the kidnapping of 21 people from Sipadan Island in April 2000, shared the same fate.

AseanPlus News 16 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

23 dead in prison storming

Twenty-three people including three top leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic group were killed yesterday when police stormed a maximum-security prison to end a day-old revolt, officials said.

AseanPlus News 17 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Retaliatory attacks feared as relatives bury slain prisoners

Grieving relatives buried yesterday 22 Muslim inmates killed when police stormed a maximum-security jail seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf guerillas, while troops secured the capital and key cities, fearing retaliatory attacks by the terror group.

AseanPlus News 18 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Guerillas had training in scuba-diving

Members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf has trained in scuba-diving to prepare for possible seaborne terror attacks outside the country, the military said yesterday, citing the interrogation of a captured guerilla.

Nation 20 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Addressing the labour shortfall

The week that was from March 13-19, compiled by IVY SOON.

AseanPlus News 20 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Suspected bomber held in Philippines

A suspect in a series of deadly bombings in a southern Philippine city was arrested yesterday, police said.

AseanPlus News 20 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Philippines churches beef up security

Churches in the Philippines tightened security yesterday after a warning that al-Qaeda-linked extremists are planning bomb attacks in revenge for the killing of their leaders in a prison uprising, officials said.

AseanPlus News 22 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Not easy for Jolo island to shake off its violence tag

From the air, this southern island and the other surrounding isles of the Sulu archipelago look idyllic with hectares of verdant forest surrounded by white sandy beaches.

AseanPlus News 22 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Philippines on high alert for bomb plot

Soldiers and police will patrol malls, churches and other crowded places this week to thwart reported bombing plots by Muslim militants during the Easter holiday, officials said yesterday.