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Philippines standoff: Rebels agree to ceasefire talks

The leader of a Muslim rebel group whose members are fighting Philippine troops in Zamboanga city has agreed to ceasefire talks, officials say.

Vice-President Jejomar Binay, who spoke to rebel leader Nur Misuari, says the proposed truce will begin on Saturday.

It will end a five-day siege by nearly 200 separatist rebels, who have taken at least 100 residents hostage.

Over 22 people have died in clashes between rebels and troops since the rebels infiltrated the city on Monday.

Emily Thomas reports.

  • 14 Sep 2013