US played big role in botched Philippine raid: Senate

 US forces played a "substantial" role in a botched raid against Muslim rebels in the Philippines that left 44 local police commandoes dead, according to a Senate report released Tuesday.

Philippine military says 73 Muslim rebels dead in offensive

The Philippine military says its forces have killed 73 hard-line Muslim rebels and a suspected foreign militant in a three-week offensive in the restive south, where 44 anti-terror police commandos were killed in January by insurgents.

Rebels sign up to vote as Philippines moves to save peace pact

Hundreds of Muslim rebels lined up in the Philippines on Saturday to register as voters, keeping faith with a 2014 peace pact that was thrown into doubt after 44 policemen were killed in a botched terror raid.

Philippine rebels promise help on militants as peace bid stalls

Muslim rebels in the Philippines promised the government on Thursday they would help track down a wanted militant in a bid to save a peace process thrown into doubt by a clash in which 44 policemen were killed.

49 Philippine police killed after clash with rebels

Forty-nine Philippine police commandos were killed when they clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, police said Monday, a bloodbath which tested a peace accord signed last March.

Enduring pain after Muslim rebel attack on Philippine city

Thousands of people displaced by a Muslim rebel assault on a major Philippine city are enduring squalid conditions in an evacuation camp where dozens have died, while the guerilla leader remains free one year on.

Thailand picks team for talks with Muslim rebels

Thailand will assemble a peace negotiating team by the end of the week to revive talks with Muslim separatists whose insurgency in the south of the country has cost thousands of lives in the past decade, the military junta said on Wednesday.

30 killed at Central African Rep church

Muslim rebels stormed a Catholic church compound in the capital of Central African Republic on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people in a hail of gunfire and grenades, witnesses said.

French troops battle Muslim rebels in Central African Republic town

French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic using helicopter gunships and mortars fought Muslim rebels on Saturday at a bridge in the town of Bambari northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.

Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country`s largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead.

Muslim rebels joyous, but wary, at peace prospects in Philippines

Joyous shouts of "Allahu akbar" echoed across the headquarters of the Philippines` biggest Muslim rebel group as a pact to end four decades of bloodshed was signed, but there were also fears war clouds had yet to pass.

Philippines, Muslim rebels seal historic peace deal

The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia`s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.

Muslim rebels bomb wounds 6 in southern Philippines

A homemade bomb that was likely set off by Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines wounded six people, including two television journalists, the military said.

Philippine leader vows to crush `spoiler` rebels

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed today to crush militants opposed to an imminent deal aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency, as the death toll from a military assault on them rose to 38.

Philippine military says 17 Muslim rebels killed

The Philippine military said on Tuesday it had killed 17 militants opposed to a peace deal between the government and the country`s main Muslim rebel group, as fighting raged for a second day.

Central African Republic mobs launch ethnic attacks

Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African Republic`s capital.

Bus bomb kills 3 as Philippines fighting drags on

A bomb exploded on Friday inside a parked bus, killing three people in a southern Philippine city where government troops are battling a holdout group of Muslim rebels holding about 20 hostages.

Philippine troops kill 8 Muslim rebels in city battles

Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on Thursday as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of a major city and believed to be holding hostages.

Hostages freed in Philippines, but police chief seized

Dozens of people held hostage by Muslim rebels waging deadly street battles with Philippine troops escaped on Tuesday amid a military offensive, but the guerrillas kidnapped the city`s police chief, authorities said.

Philippines standoff: Muslim rebels seek international mediation

On the third day of standoff between Muslim rebels and government troops in southern Philippines, a demand for international mediation has reportedly been made by the rebels.