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Aquino hails Japan's role in peace deal between gov't, Muslim rebels

Philippine President Benigno Aquino hailed Japan for its contribution to the peace process in the restive Muslim Mindanao region that culminated Thursday in the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement. "We reiterate our gratitude to Japan, whose graciousness proved crucial in winning a once-elusive trust between the Philippine government and the MILF," Aquino said.

Key points on Philippine Muslim peace pact, rebels

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended four decades of armed struggle in the Philippines on Thursday when it signed a peace pact with the government. Here are key facts on the MILF and the peace deal: MILF: The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, according to the military, which makes it easily the biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines. It has long fought for an independent homeland for the nation's Muslim minority to be carved out of the southern Philippines.

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. Following four decades of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the peace deal with President Benigno Aquino's government at a high-profile ceremony in Manila.

Muslim history in the southern Philippines

The Philippine government signed a peace deal Thursday to end a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the country's south that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The following are key moments in the history of the insurgency and peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF): 13th Century: Arab traders introduce Islam to the Sulu island group near the lower tip of a Southeast Asian archipelago, later to be called the Philippines.

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign final peace deal to end conflict

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and its largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), on Thursday signed a final peace pact, ending about 45 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people in the country's south. The fight against Muslim separatists and Maoist guerrillas for almost five decades has stunted growth in resource-rich rural areas, besides scaring off potential investment in mines, plantations, energy and infrastructure.

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. Following four decades of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the peace deal with President Benigno Aquino's government at a high-profile ceremony in Manila.

Key points on Philippine Muslim peace pact, rebels

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is set to end four decades of armed struggle in the Philippines on Thursday. Here are key facts on the MILF and the peace pact it will sign with President Benigno Aquino's administration: MILF: The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, according to the military, which makes it easily the biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines. It has long fought for an independent homeland for the nation's Muslim minority to be carved out of the southern Philippines.

Muslim history in the southern Philippines

The Philippine government is to sign a peace deal Thursday to end a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the country's south that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the biggest remaining rebel group, will sign the pact at the presidential palace in Manila. The following are key moments in the history of the insurgency, and the peace talks: 13th Century: Arab traders introduce Islam to the Sulu island group near the lower tip of a Southeast Asian archipelago, later to be called the Philippines.

Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal

The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines will sign a peace deal on Thursday aimed at ending four decades of deadly conflict that has condemned millions in the nation's far south to brutal poverty. The agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and President Benigno Aquino's government envisages a new, southern autonomous region for the Philippines' Muslim minority with locally elected leaders by mid-2016.

Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal

The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines will sign a peace deal on Thursday aimed at ending four decades of deadly conflict that has condemned millions in the nation's far south to brutal poverty. The agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and President Benigno Aquino's government envisages a new, southern autonomous region for the Philippines' Muslim minority with locally elected leaders by mid-2016.
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