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Malaysia unleashes army to fight Philippine sultan

TO THE DEATH:Malaysian forces say they have yet to find the bodies of any of the sultan’s die-hard followers, who vowed to fight to the the last man to reclaim ‘their’ land

AFP, FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia

Based in the Philippines’ Sulu Islands, the sultanate once controlled parts of Borneo, including Sabah. Its power faded about a century ago, but its heirs have continued to insist on ownership of resource-rich Sabah and still receive nominal Malaysian payments under a leasing deal originally struck by Western colonial powers.

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