Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

December 15, 2014 7:15 AM

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MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday.

The unilateral ceasefire will start at midnight on Dec. 18 and end at midnight on Jan. 19, the day the Pope, the head of the more than 1.2 billion Roman Catholic worldwide, is scheduled to leave the Philippines, General Gregorio Catapang said.

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