**菲律宾: 军队与伊斯兰激进分子冲突 至少15人死亡**
Philippines: Military, Islamist Clashes Leave 15 Dead
Philippine officials say at least 15 people have been killed during fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in a remote southern region.
The fighting began Tuesday and continued into early Wednesday in the town of Patikul on the island province of Sulu, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants.
The military says the fighting broke out when Abu Sayyaf fighters attempted to retake a jungle camp captured by government troops Monday.
Officials say the Islamist advance was successfully driven back, although at least one soldier was among those killed in the clashes.
The Islamist group is thought to have ties to al-Qaida fighters and has been blamed for a series of attacks and kidnappings in the Philippines.
Hostages are sometimes kept in the jungle camps. None were reported to be found, however.
Abu Sayyaf is among many small Islamist groups in the southern Philippines opposed to a peace deal between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Oklahoma Botches Execution, Halts Others
A botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma left an inmate writhing on the gurney for more than 40 minutes before he eventually died from a heart attack.
Oklahoma's Department of Corrections says inmate Clayton Lockett was issued the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination on Tuesday. Thirteen minutes later the convicted rapist and murderer began breathing heavily and clenching his teeth, causing the doctor on scene to halt the execution.
Officials lowered the blinds to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber. Officials said there was a "vein failure" during the execution.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has ordered a 14-day stay of execution for an inmate who was scheduled to die just two hours after Lockett.