Norwegian former hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad after he was freed in Sulu, in southern Philippines. Photograph: Nickie Butlangan/Reuters

A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines has described the ordeal as “devastating”. Kjartan S(...)

Government soldiers take cover near armoured vehicles as they seek  to assault the positions of Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front during a gun battle in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines yesterday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Filipino troops have started to battle their way into coastal villages in the south of the country which are being held by Muslim rebels, who had take(...)