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The self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram speaks to the press... News PhotoLaw,Manila,Oman,Persian Gulf Countries,Philippines,Sabah State,Talking,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPThe self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram speaks to the press in Manila on March 4, 2013, as he affirms his sultanate's claim to the Malaysian state of Sabah. Armed followers of the sultanate crossed over to Sabah to stress the long-dormant claim and have clashed with Malaysian security forces, leading to several deaths on both sides. The clashes have sparked fear in the area and forced Philippine President Benigno Aquino to dispatch his foreign secretary to Malaysia to try to find a solution and avoid further bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO. (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)