A Philippine police chief abducted by a small band of Muslim rebels convinced them to surrender and emerged free, but a separate larger group continued to hold several hostages, officials said.
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.
Followers of separatist leader Nur Misuari clashed with soldiers as Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered all schools and offices to remain closed.
Day in Pics: 30th October
Showbiz World - October 30, 2014
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