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ASEAN fast-tracking Code of Conduct on South China Sea - DFA Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 8:10 PM | Philippines News Agency | With Reuters

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 12:11 PM | Reuters

El Niño could return in second half of 2017: WMO Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 1:53 AM | Tom Miles, Reuters

PRESIDENTS DAY NOT | Thousands of anti-Trump protesters cry 'not my president' 9:46 am | Agence France-Presse The Not-My Presidents-Day protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Republican president remains fervent one month after his January 20 inauguration.

China wields stick with North Korea, but is still pushing for talks China wields stick with North Korea, but is still pushing for talks 11:42 pm | Ben Blanchard and Philip Wen, Reuters With the suspension of all North Korean coal imports, China has wielded a big stick…

Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport 11:17 pm | Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli, Reuters US-backed Iraqi forces fought Islamic State fighters on Monday to clear the way to Mosul's…

Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties 6:46 pm | Rozanna Latiff and Joseph Sipalan, Reuters Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday his government's investigation of the killing of…

Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Philippine pirate attack Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Philippine pirate attack 4:42 pm | Reuters Gunmen in southern Philippine waters killed one crewman of a Vietnamese vessel and abducted seven…

BUSINESS NEWS

Global arms sales reach highest level since end of Cold War: study Global arms sales reach highest level since end of Cold War: study Global arms trade in the last five years has reached its highest point since the end of the Cold War, with the United States remaining…

DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as review begins DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as review begins Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's…

Oil firms to hike prices of gasoline, kerosene on Tuesday Oil firms to hike prices of gasoline, kerosene on Tuesday Oil companies will increase gasoline prices by P0.25 per liter and kerosene prices by P0.15 per liter effective on Tuesday (Feb. 21).

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Trump should help kick 'Russia's ass': senator 12:26 am | Agence France-Presse Trump should help kick \US President Donald Trump should come clean and back moves to "kick Russia's ass" for its alleged meddling in last year's US election, senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday.

Trump refers to non-existent Sweden terror incident 12:01 am | Agence France-Presse Trump refers to non-existent Sweden terror incidentUS President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack.

ASEAN fast-tracking Code of Conduct on South China Sea - DFA 8:10 pm | Philippines News Agency | With Reuters ASEAN fast-tracking Code of Conduct on South China Sea - DFAThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations here is fast-tracking the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) to address the mounting tensions in the South China Sea.

McCain: How to get started as a dictator? Suppress free press. 5:35 pm | Reuters McCain: How to get started as a dictator? Suppress free press.US Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned suppressing that the free press was 'how dictators get started.' He told his interviewer he "hated the press," but added, "the fact is we need you."

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea 12:11 pm | Reuters US carrier group patrols in tense South China SeaA United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new US administration.

With copper exports halted by new mining rules row, Freeport Indonesia CEO quits 9:29 am | Reuters With copper exports halted by new mining rules row, Freeport Indonesia CEO quitsChappy Hakim, chief executive of miner Freeport-McMoran Inc's Indonesian unit, has resigned, the company said on Saturday, after the parent firm declared force majeure on copper concentrate shipments from its Grasberg mine in Papua.

North Korea female agents are regime's weapon of choice: defector 12:46 am | Park Chan-Kyong, Agence France-Presse North Korea female agents are regime\North Korean female assassins, armed with good looks and poison tools, are now the weapon of choice for a ruthless regime stalking its opponents, a high-profile defector told AFP on Thursday, after the latest apparent assassination.

Malaysia rejects North Korean demand to hand over Kim Jong-Nam’s body 12:12 am | M. Jegathesan, Agence France-Presse Malaysia rejects North Korean demand to hand over Kim Jong-Nam’s bodyMalaysia Friday rejected Pyongyang's demand that it hand over the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader, saying it would only be released when his family provide DNA samples.

China wraps up naval drills with 3 warships in South China Sea 8:48 pm | Christian Shepherd, Reuters China wraps up naval drills with 3 warships in South China SeaThree Chinese warships on Friday wrapped up a week of scheduled training exercises in the South China Sea, state media said, shortly after China's sole aircraft carrier tested its weapons in the disputed region.

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepens 7:14 pm | Hyunjoo Jin and Joyce Lee, Reuters Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepensSamsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Imagine a day in America without immigrants: walkout called vs Trump policies 8:20 am | Reuters Imagine a day in America without immigrants: walkout called vs Trump policiesNEW YORK - Dozens of restaurants, bars and other businesses in cities around the United States shut their doors on Thursday to show support for 'A Day Without Immigrants,' a walkout aimed at protesting President Donald Trump's policies.

El Niño could return in second half of 2017: WMO 1:53 am | Tom Miles, Reuters El Niño could return in second half of 2017: WMOEl Niño weather conditions could return to heat up the planet later this year, although neutral conditions are slightly more likely, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement on Thursday.