In Philippines‚ the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels have cleared the last hurdle in long-running peace negotiations aimed at ending civil conflict in south of the country.

Negotiators from both sides met in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to hammer out a deal regarding the handing over weapons by rebels and the creation of a security force to police what would be a self-ruled Muslim area.

The deal is the last of four power-sharing accords that must be agreed by the two sides before a final peace deal can be signed.

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