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.
The Philippine government has "liberated" the southern city of Marawi from Islamist extremists. But does it also signal the end of "Islamic State"-inspired militant groups in the country? Ana P. Santos reports.
Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group's lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
A rare storm has hit the Philippines' second-largest island of Mindanao, with at least 230 reported dead. Deforestation exacerbated the ferocity of the flash floods and mudslides.
President Duterte had requested the extension to combat remaining militants who want to establish an "Islamic State" base on the southern island of Mindanao. Ongoing fighting there has displaced half a million people.
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