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MADRID---A veteran Spanish war
correspondent has been kidnapped
by insurgents in Syria, his newspa-
per reported yesterday.
The reporter, Marc Marginedas,
has been missing since September
4, the last day that he contacted the
newspaper, El Periodico de Catalun-
ya, which is based in Barcelona.
The newspaper reported that it
appears that Marginedas, 46, was
kidnapped by jihadi combatants near
the city of Hama, in western Syria.
"According to various sources,
Marginedas was travelling by car with
his driver when they were intercepted
by jihadi combatants," the newspaper
said. "Since then, it has not been
possible to contact him."
No group in Syria has claimed
responsibility for his kidnapping, it
Marginedas has reported from
conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq,
Chechnya, Lebanon, Darfur and
Algeria. This was his third trip to
Syria since the civil war began there
in 2011, the newspaper said.
It is the first time in his long career
as a war correspondent that he's been
kidnapped, the newspaper's com-
munications director, Montserrat Bal-
doma, said by phone from Barcelona.
An Amnesty International report
published this year named Syria as
the most dangerous place in the
world for journalists.
The report highlighted serious
abuses committed by government
and opposition forces against pro-
fessional and citizen journalists, both
Syrian and international.
Marginedas entered Syria on Sep-
tember 1 through Reyhanli, in south-
ern Turkey, accompanied by fighters
from the Free Syrian Army, who are
trying to topple Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad, the newspaper said.
He sent his last story to the paper
on September 2 from Qasr ibn War-
dan, near Hama, reporting on the
disappointment among rebel fighters
that a potential US military strike
on Syria---in retaliation for the chem-
ical weapons attack there on August
21---seemed to be growing more
Veteran war reporter
kidnapped in Syria
Heavy monsoon rains have left
at least 19 people dead, most of
them children, in the northern
Philippines, state media report-
ed.Four other people are still report-
ed to be missing, and many towns
Most of the people were killed
by landslides set off by the rain in
the province of Zambales on Luzon,
the largest island in the archipelagic
nation, the government-run Philip-
pines News Agency (PNA) said, cit-
ing the regional disaster manage-
The landslides killed 16 people
in the town of Subic, the council
At least ten of the victims were
aged 12 or younger.
An 84-year-old man died of
hypothermia in nearby Castillejos,
PNA reported, and two people
drowned in the neighbouring
province of Bataan.
A landslide engulfed a house in
San Marcelino, Zambales, on Sun-
day night and four of its inhabitants,
including three young children,
remain missing, authorities said.
Monsoon rains cause flooding
and deaths in the Philippines each
The disaster management council
said that as of yesterday morning,
parts of Zambales, Bataan and two
other provinces, Pampanga and
Bulacan, are still under as much of
four feet of water.
More than 11,000 people have
been displaced by the effects of the
monsoon rains, the national disaster
management council said.
19 dead in Philippines landslides
China bans weapon exports to N Korea
China says it has banned the export
to North Korea of several weapon-relat-
ed technologies which could be used
in the development of nuclear weapons.
China's Commerce Ministry published
the list, which includes components for
nuclear explosive devices and rocket sys-
tems, on Monday.
It said the move would help implement
UN resolutions on North Korea, and
would be effective immediately.
Analysts say the ban shows China
taking a firmer line against its ally.
The list includes technology in nuclear,
missile, chemical and biological fields.
It says the restrictions are developed
in accordance with several UN Security
Council resolutions on North Korea.
Western powers have previously crit-
icised China for not rigorously enforcing
UN sanctions imposed on North Korea
because of its nuclear programme, the
BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing reports.
However, relations between Beijing
and Pyongyang have been seriously
strained in recent months, our corre-
In March, China supported a UN
Security Council resolution tightening
sanctions against North Korea, in
response to Pyongyang's third nuclear
test in February. (BBC)
In this photo taken Monday in Yuma, Arizona, Animal Control Service's Trevor
Hadley tries to catch a Great Blue Heron, which was caught in a fishing line
hanging from a power line. The bird flew away after the fishing line was
removed. AP PHOTO
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