Why is the Philippines in the news?
This predominantly Roman Catholic nation in Southeast Asia faces armed Islamic militants seeking to establish a Muslim state in its southern provinces. Since the controversial deployment of U.S. troops to train Filipino forces in Jan. 2002, the militants have stepped up a bombing attacks on civilian targets.

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