Leading from Behind

Benefits outweigh risks in Philippines peace deal

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A tentative roadmap to peace in the southern Philippines announced this week is the first major step in the latest attempt to end a long and bloody insurgency waged by minority Muslims in the predominantly Christian nation. It carries the risk of failure that has been the fate of similar peace agreements, but strong domestic and international backing could boost its chances of success. Here’s a look at the background and the future of the deal: SEEDS OF THE FIGHTING:


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