#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 3, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

Following the recent devastation wrought by Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) in the Philippines, China's president Xi Jinping has not only conveyed condolences to the Philippine government, but has also offered ready emergency assistance to the country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is also weighing the impact of a firecracker ban on businesses against public health and safety concerns.

Fuel prices in the Philippines have also risen as of 6am Tuesday morning, January 3.

In news around the world, ISIS claimed the shooting rampage that killed 39 people in a nightclub in Turkey. As part of a graft probe, police have questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under suspicion for receiving gifts from businessmen.

Finally, the director and producer of the movie "Oro" released public statements following complaints regarding a scene in the movie in which a dog was killed.

Below are the biggest stories you shouldn't miss.

China offers aid, emergency assistance to PH following Typhoon NIna

Chinese President Xi Jinping conveyed his condolences to the Philippine government after Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) battered the northern part of the Philippines around Christmas time, causing casualties and extensive damage. Xi added China was ready to provide emergency assistance to the Philippines.

Duterte weighs pros and cons of firecracker ban on businesses

Malacañang said on Monday, January 2, that although President Rodrigo Duterte is "a strong advocate" of a total firecracker ban, he is also considering its effects on businesses. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement that the president "weighs/considers the welfare that would be for the greater good of all."

Fuel prices rise on January 3

Motorists should expect higher prices for gasoline and diesel this morning. Following an oil price hike announcement by several companies on January 2, the price of diesel will go up by P0.60 per liter, while gasoline prices will increase by P0.70 per liter.

ISIS claims attack on Istanbul nightclub

The Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed the shooting attack inside a glamorous Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night that killed 39 people, as police hunted the attacker who remains on the run. In a statement circulated on social media, the jihadist group said one of the "soldiers of the caliphate" had carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub.

Police question Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as part of graft probe

Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for 3 hours on Monday, January 2, on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen, as part of a graft probe that has shaken the country's politics. Ahead of the questioning, Netanyahu denied any wrongdoing and told his political opponents to put any "celebrations" on hold.

'Oro' movie director, producer address dog slaughter scene

The director and executive producer of the movie Oro released a statement after the movie received complaints regarding a scene in which a dog was killed. Director Alvin Yapan denied they killed a dog for the movie, adding the scene was based on the testimony of a witness and he did not ask actors to kill a dog in the film. One of the film's producers, Feliz Guerrero, said the crew was aware of the laws.

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