TODAY'S HEADLINES

LTFRB sets Jan. 9 hearing on bus, taxi, UV express fare cut 18-Dec-14, 8:48 PM | Philippines News Agency

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

FVR: Pemberton custody shouldn't mar relations with US, but PH 'bullied' 18-Dec-14, 2:32 PM | Thom Andrade, Jaime Sinapit, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Ernie Reyes and Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 4 - 7:22 p.m.) 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.'

'FIGHT WITH US' | Open Letter of Filipino Migrants to Pope Francis 18-Dec-14, 4:56 PM | Migrante International 'We call on you to speak in behalf of overseas Filipinos in our quest for a better life. We have experienced first-hand human and labor rights abuses and exploitation. Hear our stories and join us in our fight against modern-day slavery.'

Reds announce truce for Xmas, New Year's and papal visit 17-Dec-14, 7:58 PM | InterAksyon.com 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 announce historic thaw in ties 18-Dec-14, 12:16 AM | Reuters (UPDATED - 8:00 p.m.) 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.

Saudi rulers reconsider ties to Wahhabi clergy 18-Dec-14, 4:14 PM| Angus McDowall, Reuters Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud royal family are trying to adjust their relationship with the country's strict Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam as they increasingly view the teachings of some of its ultra-conservative clergy as a domestic security threat.

Media seeks unscheduled inspections of massacre suspects' cells in wake of Bilibid fiasco 18-Dec-14, 11:17 AM| InterAksyon.com 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, InterAksyon.com 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.

Social media:€“ The hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman 18-Dec-14, 5:43 PM| Jane Wardell, Reuters One hostage the Sydney siege gunman failed to take this week was social media.

SINOLO ANG MIC | Singer-convict should have shared use of music equipment in NBP - DOJ 17-Dec-14, 10:07 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com 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.

US chooses Japan to maintain F-35 jets in Asia: sources 18-Dec-14, 1:35 AM| Andrea Shalal and Timothy Kelly, Reuters The Pentagon has chosen Japan as the Asian site for heavy maintenance of Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter jets once the new warplanes start operating around the world, sources familiar with the program said on Wednesday.

 
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