Philippines

    A Philippine government official visited three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Jan. 28 on a southern island where they have been held by Muslim rebels for almost two weeks, officials said. The kidnappers, who have ties to a small Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf, allowed Sulu province vice governor Nur-Ana Sahidulla to check on the condition of the captives and make sure they were fed and unharmed. She said the gunmen holding the captives did not mention any ransom demand but requested livelihood projects in their communities as well as peace on the island. (Reuters)

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