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Philippine rebels call for international mediation

‘DON’t SHOOT’:The rebels stood behind 12 hostages tied together to form a shield as they demanded international involvement in a conflict that has claimed nine lives

AP and REUTERS, ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

Communities near the clashes resembled a war zone, with armored troop carriers lining streets, troops massing at a school and snipers taking positions atop buildings.

The crisis comes as the MILF has made substantial progress toward a new autonomy deal for Muslims in peace talks with Manila.

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