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Mexico extradites drug lord 'El Chapo' to US Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 9:11 AM | Reuters

Trump ready to sign executive actions on Day One Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 6:14 AM | Ayesha Rascoe and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters

20 Iranian firefighters killed as blazing building collapses Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 10:41 AM | Parisa Hafezi, Reuters

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

800,000 people expected at National Mall to celebrate Trump inauguration 5:19 pm | Agence France-Presse Shortly before mid-day Friday [US time], Trump will place his hand on Abraham Lincoln's bible, recite the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol and become the most powerful man on earth.

Myanmar army detains Kachin Baptists who gave journalists info about airstrikes on church Myanmar army detains Kachin Baptists who gave journalists info about airstrikes on church 2:23 pm | Agence France-Presse Myanmar's army has detained two Kachin Baptist leaders for giving journalists information about a church…

3 dead, 20 injured as car ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne 3 dead, 20 injured as car ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne 12:25 pm | Tom Westbrook and Jamie Freed, Reuters (UPDATE - 12:35 p.m.) Australian police said three people were killed and at least 20…

China seeks foreign diplomats’ cooperation in anti-graft war China seeks foreign diplomats’ cooperation in anti-graft war 11:45 am | Reuters China asked foreign diplomats in Beijing to help 'weave a cooperative network against corruption,' state…

20 Iranian firefighters killed as blazing building collapses 20 Iranian firefighters killed as blazing building collapses 10:41 am | Parisa Hafezi, Reuters At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey Tehran commercial building collapsed on top…

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Farm output declines 1.11% in Q4 2016 due to typhoons Farm output declines 1.11% in Q4 2016 due to typhoons The agriculture sector contracted by 1.11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 due to devastation brought about by typhoons, bringing the 2016 growth at…

Peso recovers vs US dollar; PSEi ends 5-day rally Peso recovers vs US dollar; PSEi ends 5-day rally Jitters on the policies that the US government will implement under US President-elect Donald Trump, who will have his inauguration Friday, and the dovish statement…

Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employers Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employers A businessman was arrested Thursday at his home in an exclusive village in Makati City by police for not remitting the Social Security System premiums…

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Trump pledges to unify US on eve of inauguration 10:02 am | Michael Mathes, Agence France-Presse Trump pledges to unify US on eve of inaugurationBillionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life - his inauguration as 45th president of the United States.

Republican governors ask Congress to keep funding health benefits for poor 9:52 am | Susan Cornwell, Reuters Republican governors ask Congress to keep funding health benefits for poorUS Republican governors on Thursday urged Washington lawmakers to keep funding health benefits for millions of low-income Americans, even as Congress is working to repeal Obamacare, President Barack Obama's landmark health insurance law.

Mexico extradites drug lord 'El Chapo' to US 9:11 am | Reuters Mexico extradites drug lord \Mexico extradited top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to New York on Thursday, ending a career that included two jail breaks and a leading role in a national drug war, the day before Donald Trump assumes the US presidency.

US strikes in Libya kill more than 80 IS fighters 7:00 am | Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Reuters US strikes in Libya kill more than 80 IS fightersMore than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in US air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.

Troops deployed as Brazil prison riots spread outside walls 6:48 am | Johannes Myburgh, Agence France-Presse Troops deployed as Brazil prison riots spread outside wallsStick-wielding inmates hurled stones and lit fires Thursday in a Brazilian jail where dozens were previously massacred, as authorities struggled to contain a wave of gang violence.

African forces suspend operations in Gambia for talks on ex-leader's departure 6:36 am | Malick Ba in Dakar, with Jennifer O\'Mahony and Emil Touray in Banjul, Agence France-Presse African forces suspend operations in Gambia for talks on ex-leader\(UPDATE 2 - 9:44 a.m.) African forces suspended Thursday a military operation to force The Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power in favor of final talks to convince him to leave the country.

Senior US spy, diplomats leaving despite being asked to stay on 6:23 am | Reuters Senior US spy, diplomats leaving despite being asked to stay onA top US intelligence officer and two senior diplomats are leaving the government despite appearing on a January 17 list of those asked to stay on under President-elect Donald Trump, current and former US officials said on Thursday.

Trump ready to sign executive actions on Day One 6:14 am | Ayesha Rascoe and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters Trump ready to sign executive actions on Day OneDonald Trump is ready to begin taking executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to move quickly on his pledge to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the US-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama's policies.

German lawmakers green-light medical cannabis use 1:52 am | Agence France-Presse German lawmakers green-light medical cannabis useGerman lawmakers on Thursday legalized cannabis use for medical purposes for people with serious diseases such as certain cancers and multiple sclerosis.

China says Philippines' Duterte to visit again as ties warm up 11:46 pm | Ben Blanchard, Reuters China says Philippines\Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China in May to attend a multilateral summit, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday, making his second visit to Beijing since taking office as he seeks to further distance himself from Washington.

Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests 9:56 pm | Ian Simpson, Reuters Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protestsWashington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, as the US capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in.

Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse 7:24 pm | Siavosh Ghazi, Agence France-Presse Dozens of Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapseDozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire.