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Philippine ceasefire ends as troops and rebels clash

Clashes between government troops and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) erupted on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday night, just a few weeks before top-level peace talks. The fighting was one of the worst outbreaks since the government and the Milf agreed on a ceasefire in July 2003 and threatened the chances of success for the coming round of negotiations between the two sides, to be held in Kuala Lumpur next month. A military spokesman said the clashes were still going on late Monday afternoon as army units, using howitzers and helicopter gunships, pursued more than 100 Milf guerrillas who had attacked an isolated military detachment. in Masasapano, in Maguindanao province. Full Story

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