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Kidnapped Australian rowed to safety off Mindanao

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Ransom of $97,750 paid for freed Australian hostage (via AFP)

Islamic militants in the lawless southern Philippines were paid US$97,750 for the release of Warren Rodwell, a negotiator said after the Australian survived 15 months in captivity before rowing to safety. Al Rashid Sakalahul, vice governor of the strife-torn island province of Basilan, said late Saturday…

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