1. Standoff

    Islamist Rebels in Philippines Hold 100 Hostage

    A government trooper aims his rifle as fighting continues with Muslim rebels Saturday Sept. 14, 2013 at Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Muslim rebels holding more than 100 people hostage in the southern Philippines exchanged gunfire with government troops Saturday despite efforts by the country's vice president to arrange a cease-fire and end the six-day standoff. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    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.

    Read it at Associated Press