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Philippines, Muslim Rebels Forge Peace Deal

Moro minority group will gain autonomous territory

(Newser) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said today that his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency. Aquino described the deal as a "framework agreement"—a roadmap for establishing a new autonomous... More »

Philippines Hunts Lost Plane, Minister

Powerful interior secretary missing after plane crashes in sea

(Newser) - More than 200 rescuers were searching today for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an emergency landing. An aide of Robredo made a dramatic escape from the doomed plane and was helping in the search, officials said. Dozens... More »

Protesters Paint-Bomb Hillary Clinton's Car

Philippine activists protest VFA

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton got a nasty reception on her way out of a meeting with Philippines President Benigno Aquino today, as a crowd of protesters blocked her convoy and tossed red paint and protest signs at it. Filipino security officers and at least one American leapt out with automatic rifles, but... More »

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