Death toll in assault on militants rises to 26

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area. The latest fatalities on the southern island of Jolo bring to 33...

AFP sees Abu Sayyaf hand in Sabah abduction — spokesman

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday said the Abu Sayyaf Group may be behind the abduction of a Filipina worker and a Chinese tourist at the Singamata Resort near Semporna in Sabah, at around 10:30 pm. Wednesday. AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon...

Hundreds monitored in Taiwan after bird flu case

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwanese authorities are monitoring hundreds of people who may have had contact with a mainland Chinese tourist infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, officials said Wednesday. The 86-year-old man from the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu is in stable...