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Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country’s most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion. The Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Duterte on Monday is the culmination of a rocky 20-year peace process between the government of the predominantly Christian Philippines and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It aims to turn predominantly Muslim parts of the southern island of Mindanao into an autonomous region. Rebels inspired by Islamic State have occupied the commercial heart of Marawi City, on Mindanao, through seven weeks of airstrikes and battles with government troops that have killed more than 500 people and displaced 260,000. (Reuters)

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