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Pressure Rises on Arroyo Over Philippine Hostage

The family of a Filipino driver under threat of death in Iraq held prayers and begged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Friday to help him as the government faced mounting pressure to secure his release. Gunmen holding Angelo de la Cruz said Wednesday they would behead him unless Manila, a staunch U.S. ally, pulled its largely symbolic force of around 50 humanitarian workers out of Iraq within 72 hours. Arroyo, facing a stiff test only weeks after winning a new term in May elections, said she could give no details on the government’s strategy because it might endanger De la Cruz.Full Story

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