#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 17, 2017

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Accounts by at least 48 witnesses and survivors point to both the Maute Group and government forces committed violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law during the 5-month siege of the Islamic city, according to an Amnesty International report.

Meanwhile, the Philippine economy registered a faster-than-expected growth during the 3rd quarter of the year. It continued to surpass China’s performance.

Overseas, around 5,000 barrels of oil spilled from the Canada-to-US pipeline, the construction of which was barred by Barack Obama but eventually allowed by Donald Trump.

Here are the major stories you shouldn’t miss this Friday.

Terrorist, gov't troops abused civilians in Marawi – Amnesty International

An Amnesty International report says the civilian population in Marawi City suffered immensely from abuses of both members of the Maute Group and government forces during the 5-month conflict.

Philippine's 3rd quarter GDP grows faster than expected

Graphics by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Graphics by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

The Philippines posts a "spectacular" 6.9% economic growth in the 3rd quarter despite slower consumption.

Landmark ruling on South China Sea? No need to put that in Code of Conduct, says PH

Malacañang does not see how a decision by an international court nullifying China's claim in the South China Sea can be included in the Code of Conduct among claimants.

DOJ turns De Lima's co-accused into witness in drug case

Now only Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver Ronnie Dayan stand trial for the drug trading charges before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court.

Despite accidents, PH transport chief says can't afford to suspend train operations

Transportation officials say they have considered the temporary suspension of MRT3 operations since early 2017, but have also taken into account the 500,000 passengers who rely on the train line every day.

Keystone oil pipeline closed after leak

Around 5,000 barrels of oil spilled before dawn for unknown reasons, the company says. A probe is under way and the company has mobilized emergency crews and contacted US regulators.

Record breaking: Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for $450M

The whopping price dwarfs the previous record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction, set at $179.4 million for Pablo Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version O)" by Christie's in 2015.

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