TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

China's sea militarization 'very troubling': PH defense chief Lorenzana Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 7:13 PM | Agence France-Presse

‘God can triumph over Trump,’ Martin Luther King's daughter says Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 11:45 AM | Rich McKay and Alex Besant, Reuters

WATCH | Underwater search for missing Malaysian flight ends without a trace Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 7:23 PM | Tom Westbrook and Jonathan Barrett, Reuters

'Apprentice' alumna sues Trump for defamation Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 8:06 AM | Agence France-Presse

3RD STRAIGHT YEAR | World temperatures hit new high in 2016 10:40 am | Alister Doyle, Reuters World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, US government agencies said on Wednesday.

Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines 10:17 am | Kate Kelland, Reuters A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists will launch a new plan on…

Media girds for battle with Trump White House Media girds for battle with Trump White House 10:04 am | Rob Lever, Agence France-Presse While many US presidents have had strained relations with the media, Trump has made maligning…

Obama warns Trump vs veering from ‘core values,’ assures Americans \ Obama warns Trump vs veering from ‘core values,’ assures Americans 'we'll be okay' 9:08 am | Andrew Beatty, Agence France-Presse Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured…

IS lost nearly a quarter of its territory in 2016 - report IS lost nearly a quarter of its territory in 2016 - report 9:02 am | Agence France-Presse The Islamic State group lost nearly a quarter of its territory in Iraq and Syria…

BUSINESS NEWS

Makati extends deadline of tax payments, filing of applications for renewal of permits Makati extends deadline of tax payments, filing of applications for renewal of permits The Makati City Council has passed an ordinance extending the deadline of payment of taxes and fees without penalties or surcharges up to January 31,…

PSEi ends five-day slide, peso remains intact PSEi ends five-day slide, peso remains intact US President-elect Donald Trump’s comment that the greenback is “too strong” ended the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s (PSEI) five straight days of decline, as the…

WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017 WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017 After being stalled for several years, the construction of a common station that will connect the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit…

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Gambia army chief says troops won’t fight intervention 8:45 am | Agence France-Presse Gambia army chief says troops won’t fight interventionGambia's army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders.

CIA bares new rules for spying on Americans 8:15 am | Jonathan Landay, Reuters CIA bares new rules for spying on AmericansThe Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.

South Korean court rejects arrest warrant for Samsung heir 7:21 am | Park Chan-Kyong, Agence Frace-Presse South Korean court rejects arrest warrant for Samsung heirA Seoul court on Thursday rejected an arrest warrant sought for Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong, it said, part of a widening probe into a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.

Xi portrays China as global leader, warns vs isolationism on eve of Trump era 6:48 am | Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters Xi portrays China as global leader, warns vs isolationism on eve of Trump eraChina will build a 'new model' of relations with the United States, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in a speech that portrayed China as the leader of a globalized world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems.

CIA posts 12M pages of declassified records online 6:17 am | InterAksyon.com CIA posts 12M pages of declassified records onlineThe Central Intelligence Agency has made available online the largest collection of declassified CIA records, calling it part of a commitment to boost accessibility to records previously available to the public only at the National Archives in Maryland.

China urges US to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration 6:49 pm | Ben Blanchard and J.R. Wu, Reuters China urges US to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inaugurationThe United States should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, raising a new bone of contention in Beijing's relations with the incoming government.

Russia says Snowden can stay two more years 4:42 pm | Agence France-Presse Russia says Snowden can stay two more yearsRussian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by two years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Bush senior in intensive care, wife Barbara also hospitalized 3:47 pm | Michael Mathes, Agence France-Presse Bush senior in intensive care, wife Barbara also hospitalized(UPDATE - 8:30 a.m.) Former president George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit Wednesday suffering from pneumonia, highlighting concerns about the health of a political dynasty's patriarch just as a new US leader prepares to enter office.

Cambodian women rescued from sex slavery in Japan 3:30 pm | Agence France-Presse Cambodian women rescued from sex slavery in JapanSeven Cambodian women have been rescued from a restaurant in Japan where they were allegedly forced into sex work after a victim made a desperate Facebook plea for help, an official said Wednesday.

Samsung chief questioned behind closed doors in arrest warrant hearing 2:05 pm | Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee, Reuters Samsung chief questioned behind closed doors in arrest warrant hearingA South Korean judge questioned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee behind closed doors on Wednesday to decide whether he should be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

China tells local weather bureaus to stop smog alerts 1:30 pm | Agence France-Presse China tells local weather bureaus to stop smog alertsChina is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows.

World needs China, US to have stable relationship - Xi 9:57 am | Reuters World needs China, US to have stable relationship - XiThe world needs China and the United States to have a stable and cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Vice President Joe Biden, just days before new uncertainty looms with Donald Trump taking office as president.