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While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 27 edition

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage Islamist militants in the Philippines have beheaded a German who survived being held for nearly two months by Somali pirates eight years ago, after talks for his release in exchange for a 30 million-peso (S$854,000) ransom collapsed, according to preliminary reports that security officials said they have yet to fully verify. "Despite efforts exerted by groups and the security forces, I have received reports about the alleged beheading of a German kidnap victim in Sulu (on) Sunday afternoon," Mr Jesus Dureza, President Rodrigo Duterte's peace adviser and chief hostage negotiator, said in a statement he issued late on Sunday evening (Feb 26). A police report released earlier in the afternoon said Mr Jurgen Kantner, 70, a sailing enthusiast, was executed at around 3.30pm, on Sunday (Feb 26), in Buanza district, Indanan town, Sulu province, 1,...

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