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The UN says it deplores the capture of 43 Fijian peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights by an armed group, calling for their “immediate release”. Fiji’s interim leader Frank Bainimarama says talks are under way to negotiate the release of the hostages. The UN peacekeepers were detained near Quneitra, during heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces. Meanwhile, the Philippines says 75 of its peacekeepers remain in a tense standoff with rebels in the same area. Army spokesman Gen Domingo Tutaan Junior confirmed on Friday, the UN Disengagement Observer Force base is surrounded by militants but the Philippine peacekeepers have refused to surrender.

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