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Malaysia kidnappers telephone Chinese victim's family

Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia's Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said Sunday. He said the gunmen have communicated with the family of Gao Huayuan, 29, whom Philippine security forces believe is being held in Jolo island in the southern Philippines. "They have made telephone contact with her family," Mohammad Mentek, director-general of the security command in the east of Malaysia's Sabah state, told AFP.

Philippine troops hunt militants behind Malaysia abductions

Philippine soldiers have been deployed to a remote southern island where suspected Islamic militants are believed to have taken two female hostages seized from a resort in neighbouring Malaysia, the military said Friday. The Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants infamous for kidnappings for ransom, are the prime suspects in Wednesday's abductions of a Chinese tourist and a Filipina resort worker, armed forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP.

Super typhoon victims flee again as rains flood southern Philippines

By Erik de Castro BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Emergency workers evacuated thousands of people across the southern Philippines on Tuesday, including many already made homeless by a typhoon in November, after three days of rain flooded towns and farmland. Hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, were forced to flee by tropical depression "Agaton" after emergency shelters were damaged or destroyed on the eastern central island of Samar.

Heavy rains leave six dead in Philippines

Heavy rains battering the southern Philippines left at least six people dead and eight others missing, authorities said Sunday, sparking fears for typhoon survivors still living in makeshift shelters. Four people were crushed to death in their homes on the southern island of Mindanao after landslides struck the mountain town of Tarragona on Saturday, local police said.

Three killed, two missing in S. Philippine pirate attack

Three killed, two missing in S. Philippine pirate attack MANILA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Suspected pirates attacked a fishing boat off the southern Philippine province of Sulu on Friday, killing three crew members with two others missing, a military officer said Saturday. Philippine Military's Western Mindanao Command Major Franco Alano said that the light sea vessel operated by the GMA Fishing Company was strafed by a group of armed men on Friday afternoon in the waters near Siasi town in the troublesome Sulu province.

Philippine gov't determines to save remaining Abu Sayyaf captives: official

Philippine gov't determines to save remaining Abu Sayyaf captives: official MANILA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government, following a long-captive Jordanian journalist recently escaped from Abu Sayyaf group, assured Saturday that it is determined to free some 17 people believed to be still in the hands of the al-Qaeda-linked group.

Five fishermen slain in Philippine sea attack

Gunmen aboard a speedboat shot dead five members of a fishing crew in a mysterious attack in the seas of the southern Philippines, the coast guard said Saturday. The five were part of a fishing fleet off the troubled southern islands of Sulu when the gunmen attacked them on Friday, said coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Jomark Angue. Even as the five leapt overboard, the gunmen riddled them with bullets, then sped off. Only three of the bodies were recovered, he said.

4 leftist rebels slain in S. Philippine clashes: military

4 leftist rebels slain in S. Philippine clashes: military DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- At least four leftist rebels have been killed in a series of recent clashes with government troops in southern Philippines, the military said on Saturday. Three New People's Army (NPA) rebels, two of them women, died in a clash with soldiers at Teresa village in Maco, a town in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province on Wednesday, said Captain Alberto Caber, spokesperson for the Philippine military's Eastern Mindanao Command.

Policeman slain by gunmen in S. Philippines

Policeman slain by gunmen in S. Philippines DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen shot and killed a policeman in southern Philippines on Thursday, police said on Friday. The victim, identified as Police Officer Dart Perez Revecho, was shot by two armed men as he stepped out of his home in Taft village, Surigao City in Mindanao's Surigao del Norte province at 7:30 a.m., according to Martin Gamba, Caraga police regional spokesperson.

Slog begins to rebuild Philippines' typhoon wastelands

A frantic campaign to reach millions of hungry, injured and homeless people in the Philippines following one of the world's strongest storms is almost over. Now the grinding slog of rebuilding begins. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean more than a fortnight ago, killing at least 5,200 people.
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