Troops kill leftist rebel in encounter

Philippine troops killed a communist guerrilla and captured a rebel encampment in offensives launched despite a planned resumption of talks aimed at ending the 41-year Maoist rebellion, officials said yesterday.
According to Philippines News Agency (PNA), Philippine officials and the rebels have announced they will hold preliminary talks in January to discuss a planned resumption of peace talks in late February in Norway, which has brokered past negotiations. The talks stalled in 2004.    The two sides also agreed to observe a cease-fire from December 16 to January 3 during the Christmas and New Year holiday.

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