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Megan Fox Dropped From ‘Transformers 3’Megan Fox has been axed from ” Transformers 3,” Access Hollywood has confirmed.A source at Paramount, the studio behind the film, told Access that Megan, who played star Shia LaBeouf ‘s love interest in the franchise, would not return for the third movie.The source said that in order to take Shia’s character – Samuel James Witwicky — in a new direction, it was better if Sam wasn’t tied down to a love interest.On Wednesday night, however, reps for the actress told People that it was Megan’s decision to leave the movie. ” Megan Fox will not be starring in ‘ Transformers 3,'” the reps told the mag. “It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”
A rep for Megan was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Access Hollywood on Wednesday.
Nikki Finke, who first reported the news for Deadline that Megan was out, claimed that decision was “ultimately” director Michael Bay ‘s.

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Islamic militant attacks leave 15 dead in Philippines

AFP

AFP – Wednesday, April 14

ISABELA, Philippines (AFP) – – Al Qaeda-linked militants in police uniforms set off bombs and fired at civilians on a strife-torn Philippine island Tuesday in violence that left 15 people dead, officials said.

The gunmen detonated two home-made bombs near a church and a school sports grandstand in Isabela city on Basilan island, in the latest show of force by the Abu Sayyaf network, which is blamed for the nation's worst terrorist attacks.

“I think (the attack) is meant to create havoc…. Definitely it falls under terrorism,” Major General Juancho Sabban, head of the Philippine Marines, told reporters in Manila.

Isabela city mayor Cherry Akbar told reporters that 15 people were confirmed dead, including five militants who were apparently killed by one of their own bomb blasts.

Six civilians were also killed in the explosions, while three soldiers and a policeman were killed in gun battles with the militants, Akbar said.

At least 25 militants wearing police uniforms were involved in the attacks, according to the region's military chief, Lieutenant General Ben Dolorfino.

However Dolorfino said the Abu Sayyaf's main goal may have actually been to kidnap a high-profile person in Isabela, and that the explosions could have been intended as a diversion. Related article: Abu Sayyaf an enduring threat in Philippines.

“It looks like they were planning to kidnap someone but they did not expect our troops to react immediately,” Dolorfino said, adding he did not know the target of the suspected abduction plot.

The militants sprayed bullets at terrified civilians scrambling for safety, and engaged in a gun battle with security forces on the outskirts of Isabela that lasted for at least three hours, according to military chiefs.

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