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Thousands of residents flee Marawi as insurgents battle Philippines troops, raise Islamic State flag - ABC Online

The Philippines has mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city, with six soldiers killed in street combat amid heavy resistance. Key points: Militants seized more than a dozen ...and more »

Martial law declared in Philippines' south after IS-linked militant siege - ABC Online

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the country's south for 60 days after an attack by Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State (IS) group. Key Points: Mr Duterte's martial law will last 60 days; Fighting broke out ...and more »

Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump praised President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines in a phone call last month for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the island nation where the government has sanctioned gunning down suspects in the ...and more »

Civilians flee as Duterte's troops flood in to quell threat of Islamic State-linked militants - The Sydney Morning Herald

Bangkok: Islamic State-linked militants who rampaged through a southern Philippines town have threatened to kill a priest and other Christian hostages. The threat came as thousands of civilians fled Marawi, 830 kilometres south of Manila, on Wednesday ...and more »

Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters 'among militants in Marawi' - BBC News

Foreign fighters believed to be linked to so-called Islamic State are among militants killed in a southern Philippine city, officials say. The military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was overrun by jihadists ...and more »

Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao - ABS-CBN News

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella ...and more »

'Respect human rights' warning from Amnesty over Philippines martial law - Asia Pacific Report

Philippines special forces police checking vehicles at a roadblock in nearby Iligan city after the Maute attack on Marawi, Mindanao. Image: Rappler. Pacific Media Centre News Desk. The Philippines must ensure that human rights are respected and ...and more »

Trump praises Duterte's deadly drug war in leaked transcript - CNN

(CNN) US President Donald Trump told his Philippines' counterpart that he was doing a good job fighting an illegal drug epidemic in his country, an effort that has led to thousands of deaths and drawn international condemnation from human rights groups ...and more »

Duterte jokes he will 'go down' for rapes committed by soldiers under martial law on Mindanao island - ABC Online

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Key ...and more »

Philippines' Finance Minister Says Economy Not Threatened by Martial Law - U.S. News & World Report

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and newly-appointed Central Bank Governor Nestor Espenilla at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines May 8, 2017. Picture taken May 8, 2017 ...and more »