Military and police in the Philippines are in a standoff with separatist Muslim rebels on the island of Mindanao. Rebels tried to storm the city of Zamboanga to derail peace talks with the government.
Security risks and poor road conditions are making it difficult for humanitarian and medical aid to reach an estimated 77,000 people, who were displaced when IS-inspired jihadis took over Marawi. Ana P. Santos reports.
Philippine lawmakers have voted in favor of extending martial law in the troubled southern province of Mindanao for some five months. Government troops are battling "Islamic State"-affiliated groups in the area.
Amid an ongoing battle between the Philippine army and Islamists in the city of Marawi, a proposal to issue a Muslim ID as part of counterterrorism measures has sparked anger in the country. Ana P. Santos reports.
Conflict has been raging in the southern part of the Philippines between government troops and Islamists who have sworn allegiance to IS. The fighting reflects a change in strategy by the militant groups, say experts.
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