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Aisa Hasan Malabana, of the Overseas Filipino Workers, (Credit: AP)

Aisa Hasan Malabana, of the Overseas Filipino Workers, waits for her travel documents to be processed upon arrival Saturday in Manila from civil war-torn Syria. A convoy of 21 peacekeepers were seized near the Syrian village of Jamlah. UN and Philippine Foreign Affairs officials have negotiated for their safe release. (March 9, 2013)

Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels freed 21 UN peacekeepers on Saturday after holding them hostage for four days, ending a sudden entanglement with the world body that earned fighters trying to oust President Bashar Assad a flood of negative publicity.

Anti-Syrian regime protesters carry a giant Syrian revolution
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Anti-Syrian regime protesters carry a giant Syrian revolution flag, during a demonstration, in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian President Bashar Assad "is not bluffing" about his determination to stay in power, Russia's foreign minister said in comments broadcast Friday, as negotiations to free 21 UN peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels dragged into a third day. (March 8, 2013)

Philippine army officer, Lt. Col. Randy Cabangbang, right,
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Philippine army officer, Lt. Col. Randy Cabangbang, right, speaks as, Xy-son Meneses, lleft, brother of one of the 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, listens during a press conference at a military base in Manila. The brother of one of the 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights called on March 8 for their release, saying the group had been working for peace in Syria. (March 8, 2013)

Anti-Syrian regime protesters raise their hands, holding Syrian
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Anti-Syrian regime protesters raise their hands, holding Syrian revolution flags, during a demonstration in the neighborhood of Bustan Al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian President Bashar Assad "is not bluffing" about his determination to stay in power, Russia's foreign minister said in comments broadcast Friday, as negotiations to free 21 UN peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels dragged into a third day. (March 8, 2013)

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Aisa Hasan Malabana, of the Overseas Filipino Workers,
(Credit: AP)

Aisa Hasan Malabana, of the Overseas Filipino Workers, waits for her travel documents to be processed upon arrival Saturday in Manila from civil war-torn Syria. A convoy of 21 peacekeepers were seized near the Syrian village of Jamlah. UN and Philippine Foreign Affairs officials have negotiated for their safe release. (March 9, 2013)

Overseas Filipino Workers arrive in Manila on Saturday,
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Overseas Filipino Workers arrive in Manila on Saturday, after being repatriated from civil war-torn Syria. A convoy of 21 peacekeepers were seized near the Syrian village of Jamlah, in an area where the UN force had patrolled a cease-fire line between Israel and Syria without incident for nearly four decades. UN and Philippine Foreign Affairs officials negotiated for their safe release. (March 9, 2013)

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