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Philippine forces have killed 73 hard-line Muslim rebels and a suspected foreign militant in a three-week offensive in the restive south, where 44 anti-terror police commandos were killed in January in a clash with insurgents, the military said Monday.

A disastrous raid on alleged Islamic militants has ignited the worst political crisis yet for Philippine President Benigno Aquino -- and questions about the extent of any U.S. role in the operation are deepening his discomfort.
US role in Philippine raid under scrutiny


Hundreds of Muslim rebels lined up in the Philippines Saturday to register as voters, keeping faith with a 2014 peace pact that was thrown into doubt after 44 policemen were killed in a botched terror raid.
Philippines moves to save peace accord as MILF heads to the polls


The Philippine military said the militant Abu Sayyaf group released a Malaysian police constable on Saturday, eight months after they kidnapped him from a Malaysian resort.

French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.
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France's Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of deal on climate


A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refused to enter a plea on Monday as he sought to have the case dismissed, but his trial will go ahead nevertheless, lawyers said.
No plea in US Marine trial in Philippines


French President Francois Hollande will discuss international terrorism when he meets his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino this week, a spokesman said Sunday.

The Philippine government said Wednesday it had received 87 million pesos (US$1.97 million) from the United States to pay for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper to a protected reef two years ago.

A Filipino businesswoman of Chinese descent was abducted Sunday by six gunmen in the southern island province of Sulu, local authorities said Monday.

The Philippine military insisted Monday it remained loyal to President Benigno Aquino, responding coup rumors that have swirled since a bungled security operation left 44 police commandos dead.
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Eight members of an al-Qaida-linked group of Philippine militants have been killed in clashes with security forces in the country's south, the military said Saturday.

The FBI has said that DNA analysis indicates one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir, was likely killed in a Philippine police raid on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last month that also claimed the lives of 44 commandos.

Muslim rebels who signed a cease-fire with the Philippine government must cooperate with an investigation into the killing of 44 policemen by some of their fighters, a presidential official said Monday.

The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.
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