Philippines
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Muslim extremists target Filipino Christians

Persecution
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 9/16/13, 05:14 pm

Two hundred Muslim rebels attacked a bustling port city in the Philippines last week, taking 200 to 300 people hostage in the latest standoff between the Muslim-minority and the government.

The fighting began after troops backed by tanks blocked the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerillas from marching into Zamboanga and its surrounding communities. So far, an estimated 62 people have been killed and 112 have been wounded.

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Globe Trot: Confused U.S. policy on Syria, desperate conditions in Philippines ...

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/12/12, 10:51 am

The United States along with up to 100 other countries recognized Syria’s opposition coalition at a “Friends of the Syrian People” conference in Morocco today. President Obama announced formal support for Syrian rebels—which likely opens the door to military as well as humanitarian aid—yesterday just after the State Department designated one rebel faction, Jabhat al-Nusra, as a terrorist organization and an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

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Globe Trot 12.07

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/07/12, 11:53 am

Typhoon Bopha has left at least 418 people dead and nearly as many missing in the southern Philippines. “Probably half of the missing could be dead by now,” Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy told Reuters. On Tuesday Typhoon Bopha struck the large southern island of Mindanao, which is rarely in the direct path of tropical cyclones.

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