1. Standoff

    Islamist Rebels in Philippines Hold 100 Hostage

    Bullit Marquez/AP

    While all eyes have been on Syria, Islamist rebels in the Philippines are having their own moment. 200 fighters from the Moro National Liberation Front, a separatist organization, began a six-day standoff with authorities Monday when they took over 100 people hostage. So far, 22 people, including 15 militants, have been killed in sporadic fights between rebels and troops. Although the group's leader agreed to a truce on Friday, by Saturday the group of fighters was still holding its position, exchanging gunfire with troops sent in to end the standoff. The country's vice president said he planned to fly in on Saturday to assist with negotiations.

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