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MANILA, 23 April 2010 (IRIN) – The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have agreed to facilitate the return of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs); aid workers hope this could be the harbinger of a lasting peace deal. (more…)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 09:58:20 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao / April 22, 2010)  Philippine peace negotiators and Muslim rebels signed several agreements ahead of national elections, but a major accord that would end decades of secessionist war in the restive southern region of Mindanao is still uncertain. (more…)

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Apr. 13, 2010

(AP) MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs and opened fire Tuesday in a series of coordinated attacks in a southern Philippine city, triggering clashes that killed at least 12 people. (more…)

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By Agence France-Presse

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, April 23, 2009 (AFP) – Troops clashed with Islamic militants holding hostage a sick Italian Red Cross worker in the southern Philippines as the crisis entered its 99th day Thursday, the military said.

There were no immediate details of casualties and no word on the fate of Eugenio Vagni, 62, who intelligence reports earlier said was unable to walk due to a hernia.

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By Philippine National Red Cross

Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Senator Richard J. Gordon today appealed to the Abu Sayaff to spare the lives of the three workers of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The appeal was made a few minutes before the deadline set by the abductors to behead the hostages.

“We appeal to the government and the Abu Sayaff to be patient – as we have been appealing for the past two months – as we continue to exhaust all peaceful and diplomatic efforts to secure the safe and immediate release of our colleagues,” Gordon said.

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