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Military, Islamists Clash in Philippines, 15 Dead

Philippine officials say at least 15 people have been killed during fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in a remote southern region. The fighting began Tuesday and continued into early Wednesday in the town of Patikul on the island province of Sulu, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants. The military says the fighting broke out when Abu Sayyaf fighters attempted to retake a jungle camp captured by government troops Monday. Officials say the Islamist advance was...

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