{FD} Philippine president declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine president has declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urges them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them as terrorists.

{FD} AP Exclusive: Pulp giant’s makeover obscures supplier ties

The Indonesian plantation companies that grow the trees that become printer paper and tissue used in offices and homes from Asia to the U.S. have been accused of stealing village lands, clearing virgin forests and starting devastating fires in 2015 that hastened 100,000 deaths in Southeast Asia from air pollution.

{FD} US urges UN to punish Iran, but Russia says no sanctions

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging the U.N. Security Council to punish Iran for what the Trump administration calls its “dangerous violations” of U.N. resolutions and “destabilizing behavior,” but Russia says what is needed is dialogue not threats or sanctions.

{FD} Saudi Arabia says it intercepted missile from rebels in Yemen aimed at royal palace

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday while the Yemeni rebels said they targeted the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital.

{FD} UN approves cross-border aid to rebel areas in Syria

The U.N. Security Council has approved the delivery of humanitarian aid across borders and conflict lines in Syria for another year, with Russia urging a gradual end to the program that has helped millions of people in rebel-held areas.

{FD} Airport in Egypt’s Sinai targeted while 2 ministers visited

Egypt’s military spokesman says a “projectile” hit the airport in the city of el-Arish in the turbulent north of the Sinai peninsula while the country’s defense and interior ministers were visiting.

{FD} Friends and kin deny Canadian billionaire and wife died in murder-suicide

Friends and neighbors of a Canadian billionaire and philanthropist who was reportedly found dead alongside his wife last week in their Toronto-area mansion are casting doubt on whether it was a murder-suicide as homicide investigators continued to work the “suspicious” case Tuesday.