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Cate Blanchett: 'Politicians are silencing artists'

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:00

Cate Blanchett likes to mix up her movie roles.

David Cassidy clings to life in critical condition at hospital - report

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:00

The Partridge Family star has been given a dire prognosis.

Eddie Van Halen leads tributes to late AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:00

The late rocker founded the legendary band with his brother Angus in the 1970s.

French rocker Johnny Hallyday released from hospital

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:39

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, returned home Saturday after being hospitalised for days with breathing problems, a family member said. France's answer to Elvis Presley checked into a private hospital in western Paris early Monday morning. A musical icon known simply as "Johnny" at home, Hallyday has sold more than 100 million records in his decades-long career.

Crunch time for Merkel to build coalition or face new polls

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:05

German Chancellor Angela Merkel resumed complex coalition talks Saturday in a last-ditch effort to forge a government and avert a political crisis in Europe's biggest economy. The veteran leader, in power since 2005, won a September 24 vote without a clear majority for her conservative CDU/CSU bloc, largely because of the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), and must now build an unlikely alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens. Until and unless the motley crew of four parties, which spans the mainstream political spectrum, strikes a deal, Germany's government remains in effective limbo with Merkel serving as a caretaker chancellor.

Sharing Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin finds voice in symphony

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:16

For 50 years Jane Birkin's breathy voice has interpreted her legendary late partner Serge Gainsbourg. Now 70, Birkin takes pains to safeguard her voice, staying inside on the eve of concerts. "The real star is the symphony orchestra and not me," the self-effacing celebrity told AFP in New York, where she was releasing a special edition of her orchestral album, "Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique." "It's nicer if I can sing.

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:33

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis. Hariri, who made a shock resignation announcement on November 4 and has since fended off claims he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will, was also due to have lunch with Macron. The Lebanese leader's wife and elder son were to join them for the meal after the talks, but the couple's two younger children remain in Riyadh "for their school exams", a source close to Hariri said.

England humbled by novice pair in tour draw

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:10

Novices Jason Sangha and Matt Short scored their maiden first-class centuries for a Cricket Australia XI to frustrate England on the last day of their final Ashes warm-up game on Saturday. Eighteen-year old Sangha and team skipper Short -- with only seven first-class matches between them -- shared in a 263-run fourth-wicket stand to draw the four-day game ahead of next week's first Brisbane Test. Sangha hit 133 off 226 balls with 13 fours and a six, while Short remained unbeaten on 134 off 264 balls when the game was called off late on the final day in Townsville.

Lebanon's Hariri lands in Paris

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:57

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Eminem: 'I knew Beyonce collaboration had to be perfect'

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:30

Eminem waited years to present Beyonce with the perfect collaboration idea.

Ryan Seacrest responds to inappropriate behaviour allegations

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:30

Ryan Seacrest is the latest star to be accused of sexual misconduct.

Katy Perry awarded $1.6 million in legal battle over convent

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:30

Katy Perry has bought a convent for herself and her mother.

Katy Perry triumphs in case over convent home

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:21

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Friday was awarded nearly $1.5 million as she prevailed anew in her drawn-out bid to move into a former convent in Los Angeles. The singer of "Roar" and "I Kissed a Girl" has more Twitter followers than anyone else in the world at 106 million but had struggled to win the hearts of two elderly nuns who used to live in the convent. The Roman Catholic archdiocese had agreed to sell the property, which lies vacant, to Perry.

Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:51

There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising seas, was delivering a testimonial to ministers and heads of state with crisp English and irresistible charm. Suddenly, describing the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston last year, his words became measured, his voice hushed.

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:05

Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels. The US President's decision to yank the United States from the hard-fought global pact cast a long shadow over the talks, which ran deep into overtime. Negotiations were marked by revived divisions between developing countries and rich ones.

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:40

Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A draft resolution put forward by Japan would have extended the UN-led Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for 30 days to allow time for negotiations on a wider compromise. China abstained, while Bolivia voted no. It was the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria.

Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:06

President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the pair came to the decision after they "talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical." Just hours before, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders had defended the US Fish and Wildlife Service's move to end the 2014 ban initiated under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

Aston Martin Introduces Valkyrie AMR Pro and It’s as Fast as a Formula 1 Car

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:00

Aston Martin finally reveals the look of the much-ballyhooed Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, a hypercar the British car maker claims is “the ultimate expression of performance.” Developed in partnership with ... The post Aston Martin Introduces Valkyrie AMR Pro and It’s as Fast as a Formula 1 Car appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Kim Kardashian ‘buys herself a $1.6 million girl cave'

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 03:00

Kim Kardashian has reportedly snapped up a three-bedroom apartment just for her use.

Mary J. Blige: 'New film showed me how vain I was'

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 03:00

Mary J. Blige's character in Netflix movie Mudbound helped her realise that she doesn't need to wear so much make-up.