Melting Arctic ice, rising temps seen as planet warms 18-Dec-14, 5:40 AM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

Clinton vs Bush, again? Is US democracy becoming a family affair? 18-Dec-14, 3:36 AM | Agence France-Presse

HRW Dispatches: Uniting against the Pakistan school massacre 18-Dec-14, 4:47 AM | Zama Coursen-Neff, Human Rights Watch

US rejects PH bid for Pemberton custody; embassy checks out Olongapo Hall of Justice, city jail 17-Dec-14, 4:56 PM | Brian Maglungsod, | JV Arcena, News5, with PNA reports (UPDATE 4 - 11:54 p.m.) Invoking the VFA, the US formally rejected the Philippine request to acquire custody of Joseph Scott Pemberton, the Marine charged for the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude. The Philippine government, speaking through DFA, said it was dismayed by Washington's stand.

MILF to turn over 75 high-powered weapons next year: Ferrer 18-Dec-14, 5:22 AM | Ben Cal, Philippine News Agency The Moro Islamic Liberation Front prepares to turn over 75 high-powered weapons to the decommissioning body next year, according to Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chief of the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF.

Reds announce truce for Xmas, New Year's and papal visit 17-Dec-14, 7:58 PM | Communist rebels on Wednesday declared three brief ceasefires, for Christmas, New Year's and the visit in January of Pope Francis.

'I was mistaken for a waiter, valet driver': Obama speaks on America's persisting racial biases 18-Dec-14, 6:08 AM | Agence France-Presse Barack and Michelle Obama revealed their experiences of racism in a wide-ranging interview with celebrity weekly People Magazine published Wednesday.

US, Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility 18-Dec-14, 12:16 AM | Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland, Reuters The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Pemberton custody shouldn't mar relations with US, but PH 'bullied' - FVR 18-Dec-14, 2:32 PM| Thom Andrade, Former president Fidel Ramos said on Thursday said the issue of who gets custody of Joseph Scott Pemberton should not be allowed to damage Philippine-US relations but at the same time noted that 'we are victims of bullying.'

Media seeks unscheduled inspections of massacre suspects' cells in wake of Bilibid fiasco 18-Dec-14, 11:17 AM| A major media organization is urging Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to order unscheduled inspections of the detention facilities for those accused of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre following the recent discovery of luxurious cells at the National Bilibid Prison.

'Days of need, corruption over,' PNoy vows as AFP turns 79 18-Dec-14, 1:09 PM| Thom Andrade, President Benigno Aquino III vowed on Thursday that the days when soldiers risked their lives with substandard and inadequate gear because of corruption are over.

SINOLO ANG MIC | Singer-convict should have shared use of music equipment in NBP - DOJ 17-Dec-14, 10:07 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Music recording equipment that authorities seized Monday at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) would not have caused trouble to a high-profile inmate - serving time for heading a notorious bank robbery gang - if the equipment were put there for common use of inmates, and not a single person only.

Melting Arctic ice, rising temps seen as planet warms 18-Dec-14, 5:40 AM| Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse Record high temperatures in Alaska, below average snow cover across the Arctic and excess summer ice melting in Greenland were observed this year by scientists, raising new concerns about global warming.

CELL PHONE EVIDENCE | Raps vs taxi driver nixed as video shows cop aggressor; driver still detained 17-Dec-14, 2:52 PM| Jeff Caparas, News5 The taxi driver detained since Friday (Dec. 12) after arguing with a policeman at NAIA 3 failed to secure his liberty Tuesday afternoon despite the dismissal of the direct assault and other charges against him by the officer.

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