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Jamalul Kiram, the sultan of the southern Philippine island chain of Sulu, in Manila on February 22, 2013

Jamalul Kiram, the sultan of the southern Philippine island chain of Sulu, in Manila on February 22, 2013. The Philippines was Sunday night preparing to send a mercy ship to pick up scores of followers of a Filipino sultan who entered the Malaysian state of Sabah to press his territorial claims, the foreign office said

The Sabah standoff