1. Temporary Peace

    Philippines Declares Christmas Truce

    Children sit on improvised chairs as they wait for relief goods in New Bataan, Compostela province on December 12, 2012 nearly one week after the southern part of the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Bopha. The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has climbed above 700 with hundreds more missing, many of them tuna fishermen feared lost at sea, the government said on December 11.  AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE        (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Philippines declared an 18-day unilateral truce on Saturday with Maoist guerillas, whom the government has been fighting for 40 years—in time for the holiday season. The move is also intended to free up manpower to restore Mindano Island, which was devastated by a typhoon on December 4 and where rebels are active. Currently both the state Army and the communist New People's Army are involved in relief efforts. Peace on earth and goodwill toward men, indeed.

    Read it at Reuters