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Sandakan kidnap: "Large ransom" demanded

KOTA KINABALU: Gunmen holding kidnap victims Thien Nyuk Fun and Bernard Then Ted Fen have contacted their families with demands of a large ransom to secure their release.

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Philippine nightclub blast kills one, wounds nine

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, July 24, 2015 (AFP) - A powerful explosion tore through a nightclub in the strife-torn southern Philippines, killing one person and wounding nine others, police said Friday.


Esscom to hold another census

SEMPORNA: Another census on the Palau people or sea gypsies of Semporna will be done in August amid allegations they act as the “eyes and ears” of cross border criminals, such as kidnappers.


Families worry over health of kidnapped duo

PETALING JAYA: Family members of two Malaysians kidnapped from a Sandakan restaurant are worried over the health of their loved ones who are being held hostage in southern Philippines.


Esszone curfew extended until Aug 5

KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters off the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) will be extended further, until Aug 5.


Families of Sandakan hostages worried for their well-being

PETALING JAYA: The families of two Malaysians kidnapped from a Sandakan restaurant are very worried for the deteriorating health of their loved ones who are being held hostage in the southern Philippines.


Kerry confident Islamic State takeover of Ramadi will be reversed

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he was confident the Islamic State takeover of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi would be reversed in coming weeks.


Kidnapped cop ‘in good health’

KOTA KINABALU: Kidnapped marine policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip is in good health although the authorities have temporarily lost contact with his abductors in Jolo island in southern Philippines.


Not many dining out at seaside restaurants

SANDAKAN: There is a sharp drop in customers at popular seafood restaurants in this east coast town following Thursday’s kidnapping of two Malaysians from Ocean King Seafood Restaurant.

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Philippine govt and rebel negotiators issue joint plea for ceasefire

KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas.