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Suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrilla shot dead in Philippines

A suspected member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group was fatally shot after he grabbed a soldier's rifle and tried to escape following his capture, officials said Friday.


Last Sipadan hostage escapes

The last Sipadan hostage, Rolland Ullah, who was held the by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo, is believed to have escaped after over 1,100 days in captivity.


Ex-hostages happy over Ullah's escape

The escape of Rolland Ullah, the last Sipadan hostage, from the clutches of Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the Philippines island of Jolo, marked the end to the infamous Easter Sunday kidnappings in Sabah three years ago.


Wife wants Philippines to release Ullah

The wife of the last Sipadan hostage Rolland Ullah, who escaped last week after three years in the captivity of Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo, is yearning to reunite with her husband now being held by the Philippines military.


Critical giant leap to peace

B>MANILA:/BTwo years ago President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo got as her Independence Day gift the head of American hostage Guillermo Sobero, courtesy of the Abu Sayyaf. On the same occasion this Thursday, she got the gift of a 10-day ceasefire, courtesy of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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MILF denies having links with JI as talks with govt reps begin

B>MANILA: /B>The chairman of the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group yesterday denied for the first time any links to the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah as rebel and government representatives held informal talks in Malaysia.


Roland helping to throw light on abductions

Anticipation is growing among Philippine government officials that they are finally getting to the bottom of the Sipadan and Pandanan kidnappings three years ago. Senior Philippine officials contacted in the southern city of Zamboanga said that details on the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers given by former hostage Roland Ullah had been invaluable.


Pak Lah to visit Sipadan

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be making a historic visit to Pulau Sipadan today, barely six months after the World Court declared the island as belonging to Malaysia.


Safe in Sabah

In Sabah, an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants toil at jobs that the locals shun. This is the story of a Filipino who crossed the Sulu Sea in search of work and safety and it illustrates why Sabah is such a haven to so many, writes PHILIP GOLINGAI.

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Asian news in brief

Asian news in brief: 'Storm halts rescue effort in Bangla ferry tragedy', 'Three killed in Mindanao market blast, and ''Ring away' 'the 'mosquitoes''