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Guns N' Roses keep reunion going for another round

3 hours 57 min ago

More than a year after a long-mulled reunion finally materialized, rock greats Guns N' Roses on Thursday extended their tour in North America again. The group -- which starts a European leg in Ireland on Saturday after hitting the Americas and Asia -- announced an additional 15 shows to already scheduled dates in the United States and Canada this year. Guns N' Roses, led by Axl Rose's raw, sweeping voice coupled with Slash's intricate guitar, still hold the record for the top-selling debut album in US history, 1987's "Appetite for Destruction." But the band also became notorious for off-stage drama, often turning up on stage hours late, and Rose and Slash parted ways in 1993 after closing a tour in Buenos Aires.


Cannes: Drunken film deals at 5am

7 hours 25 min ago

The Cannes film festival -- the world's greatest movie showcase -- celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. - Cedric Klapisch - French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch, who was about 20 years old when he had his first Cannes experience, still sees the festival as a sort of "pilgrimage". "There's a cathedral side -- mounting the steps, all that -- there's a side that is very religious (like a) procession, and it's true that when we dream of making films, it's something that is very strong," he said.


Philippine troops bomb Islamist militants in city

10 hours 25 min ago

Philippine security forces bombed residential areas in a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians. An initial rampage by gunmen who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose martial law across the southern third of the Philippines. "We are using surgical airstrikes," local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera told reporters in Marawi shortly before big clouds of black smoke rose from a bombed area near the provincial government building.


Philippine troops bomb Islamist militants in city

10 hours 26 min ago

Philippine security forces bombed residential areas in a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians. An initial rampage by gunmen who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose martial law across the southern third of the Philippines. "We are using surgical airstrikes," local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera told reporters in Marawi shortly before big clouds of black smoke rose from a bombed area near the provincial government building.


Ukrainian director Loznitsa at Cannes condemns Moscow theatre raid

11 hours 8 min ago

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa on Thursday condemned Russian raids on a top Moscow theatre and its outspoken director, as he unveiled his new feature at the Cannes film festival. "It really drives me mad," he told reporters after the premiere of his wrenching drama "A Gentle Creature" about a woman up against the cruelty and capriciousness of the Russian authorities. "I definitely hate arbitrariness and that is exactly what happened in Moscow at Kirill Serebrennikov's Gogol theatre." Investigators searched the state-funded Gogol Centre theatre and Serebrennikov's flat in a show of force Tuesday, bringing rehearsals to a halt.


Toni Braxton 'anxious' about Birdman romance

11 hours 14 min ago

The singer isn't sure where she wants the romance to lead, despite being linked for a year.


Jamie Foxx doubted success of Kanye West's Slow Jamz

11 hours 14 min ago

The singer/actor used to throw parties just to make connections with big music stars and get back on the map.


Mel B comforted by spirit of late grandfather through nasty divorce

11 hours 14 min ago

The star visited TV psychic medium Tyler Henry before deciding to end her marriage.


'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson revamps career at Cannes

12 hours 40 min ago

"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson earned the best reviews of his career at Cannes on Thursday playing a New York bank robber -- and revealed he had to outsmart the paparazzi in order to play the part. Pattinson, 31, shed his heartthrob looks for the role in "Good Time" by American brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, sporting a shaggy bleach-blond mane and a torso full of tattoos to portray a man on the run. As one of the world's most sought-after celebrities, Pattinson told reporters the hardest part of shooting the film was dodging the photographers who routinely hound him.


Exclusive: Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings

12 hours 48 min ago

Russia’s postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign. Wannacry compromised the post office’s automated queue management system, infecting touch-screen terminals which run […] The post Exclusive: Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings appeared first on UNTV News.


Celine Dion transforms into Belle for Beauty and the Beast song performance

13 hours 14 min ago

The superstar was also part of the original movie soundtrack back in 1991.


Rod Stewart's 'games' almost cost him Penny Lancaster romance

13 hours 14 min ago

The singer didn't take the beauty seriously when she tried to lay down the law.


Niall Horan dials 'daddy' Don Henley for career advice

13 hours 14 min ago

The Irish star has struck up an unlikely friendship with his rock hero.


Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm

13 hours 55 min ago

Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark. People who ate chocolate one to three times per month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation […] The post Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm appeared first on UNTV News.


Philippine troops bomb Islamist militants in city

14 hours 21 min ago

Philippine security forces bombed residential areas in a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians. An initial rampage by gunmen, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose martial law across the southern third of the Philippines. "We are using surgical airstrikes," local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera told reporters in Marawi shortly before big clouds of black smoke rose from a bombed area near the provincial government building.


In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing’s claims in South China Sea

14 hours 36 min ago

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey […] The post In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing’s claims in South China Sea appeared first on UNTV News.


Hawks’ All-Star Millsap opts out of contract: reports

15 hours 5 min ago

(The Sports Xchange) – Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap has opted out of his contract for next season to become a free agent this summer, according to multiple reports Monday. Millsap, 32, informed the Hawks that he won’t exercise his player option for 2017-18, The Vertical reported and was confirmed by other media outlets. […] The post Hawks’ All-Star Millsap opts out of contract: reports appeared first on UNTV News.


Film breaks silence on 'madness' of Sri Lanka civil war

15 hours 31 min ago

Jude Ratnam is worried how his film might go down with his fellow Sri Lankan Tamils. "Demons in Paradise", which is premiering at the Cannes film festival, tells of the bloodbath that drove some Tamils to take up arms in the three decade-long insurgency that tore the island apart. The Tamils will insist that I betrayed our cause by revealing the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tigers." Ratnam was five when the anti-Tamil pogroms of "Black July" began in 1983, sending him and his family fleeing north from the massacres in the capital Colombo.


How a botched raid led to martial law in the Philippines

15 hours 33 min ago

It was meant to be a "surgical operation" to capture one of the world's most wanted terrorists, who was hiding and wounded in a southern Philippine city. Three days later Marawi, the centre of Islam in the mainly Catholic Asian nation was swarmed by tanks, attack helicopters and thousands of troops fighting Islamic State-linked fighters holed up in homes and buildings. President Rodrigo Duterte had also declared martial law across the southern third of the country to quell the crisis, while many of the 200,000 residents had fled... and security forces had lost their target: Isnilon Hapilon.


How a botched raid led to martial law in the Philippines

15 hours 33 min ago

It was meant to be a "surgical operation" to capture one of the world's most wanted terrorists, who was hiding and wounded in a southern Philippine city. Three days later Marawi, the centre of Islam in the mainly Catholic Asian nation was swarmed by tanks, attack helicopters and thousands of troops fighting Islamic State-linked fighters holed up in homes and buildings. President Rodrigo Duterte had also declared martial law across the southern third of the country to quell the crisis, while many of the 200,000 residents had fled... and security forces had lost their target: Isnilon Hapilon.