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Philippine security forces have continued dropping bombs on Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. Military officials vowed not to let up in the fight despite the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Islamist militants seized a Catholic priest and a dozen churchgoers after clashes erupted in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines. President Duterte said he may impose martial law across the whole country.
After two years of testimony, authorities have released the final inquest into the 2014 hostage crisis that left three dead. The coroner slammed police hesitation and 'erroneous' advice from the consulting psychiatrist.