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German Hostages Freed in Southern Philippines

Two Germans who were held for six months in the southern Philippines by suspected members of a notorious group formerly tied to al-Qaida were released late Friday.  The military is stepping up operations against Abu Sayyaf, but a ransom payment was key. The Armed Forces of the Philippines says Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen have arrived in Manila, and are now in the care of the German Embassy after police found them last night in Patikul, Sulu. The military says they were...

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