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Philippine president seeks extension of martial law

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend the martial law he declared in the country’s south by one year to ensure the “total eradication” of pro-Islamic State group extremists, warning they plan more uprisings after a disastrous siege of Marawi city. Duterte said the remaining militants still hope to establish a caliphate in the Philippines and Southeast Asia after government forces killed more than 900 fighters and quelled the five-month Marawi siege in October. Left-wing and pro-democracy groups have protested Duterte’s imposition of martial law because of human rights concerns, but the Supreme Court has upheld its legality.

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