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Philippines rebel leader dead

The Philippines Government and the country’s main Muslim separatist group say planned peace talks will still go ahead despite the death of the group’s leader, Salamat Hashim. Mr Salamat – head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – died of a heart attack more than two weeks ago, but news of his death was held back to allow a smooth transition of power, according to a group spokesman. MILF military chief Murad Ebrahim has been appointed to take over from Mr Salamat. The group’s political affairs chief, Ghazali Jaafar, said the new leadership would still attend the forthcoming peace talks in Malaysia. “The MILF remains committed to the peaceful settlement of the problem through negotiations,” he said. Full Story

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