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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.

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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.

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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''

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Top Islamic militant escapes from Manila jail

B>MANILA: /B>The Philippines ordered a nationwide hunt yesterday after one of the region's top Islamic militants escaped from a high-security prison, apparently with the connivance of his guards.

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Officials: Terrorists’ escape an inside job

The shock escape of a top bomb-maker of a regional terrorist group from a high-security Philippines jail could have been an 'inside job' aimed at embarrassing President Gloria Arroyo, a key US ally in the global war on terror, officials said yesterday.