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Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:29

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing. Madrid issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont and four of his former ministers after they fled to Brussels last month and ignored a summons to appear before a Spanish judge, claiming they would not get a fair trial. Lawyers for the Catalan separatists said prosecutors had formally asked the judge to approve the warrant during a hearing behind closed doors in Brussels on Friday -- the first round in what could become a protracted courtroom battle.


EU hands May new Brexit ultimatum

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:05

EU President Donald Tusk warned Britain on Friday that it had until early December to make "much more progress" on divorce terms in order to unlock Brexit trade talks by the end of the year. Reflecting growing impatience with London, Tusk's deadline followed talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of an EU summit in Sweden that was meant to focus on reforms for the bloc's post-Brexit survival. The European Union has for months demanded that Britain make "sufficient progress" on its divorce bill, citizens' rights and the Irish border in order to move on to talks about a future trade deal and transition period.


Kelly Clarkson: 'Pink and I have never really met'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:00

The two singers will open the American Music Awards ceremony on Sunday.


Meghan Markle's Suits body double posts emotional goodbye message to actress

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:00

The actor and her boyfriend Prince Harry have recently fuelled engagement rumours.


Three dead as clashes mark Kenyan opposition leader's return

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:19

Three people were shot dead Friday in Nairobi, an AFP reporter saw, as police dispersed thousands of opposition supporters welcoming home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip. The three men, all with bullet wounds in the upper body, were seen lying on the road in Muthurwa, a city suburb where riot police armed with tear gas, water cannons and rifles clashed with stone throwing protesters, part of angry battles that lasted throughout the day. Kenya's Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sworn in for a second term or if there must be another rerun.


BFP battles COA; hopes to continue winning streak at UNTV Cup

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:15

The end of the first-round elimination in the League of Public Servants is just around the corner. Thus the Bureau of Fire Protection or BFP Fire Firefighters is doubling efforts to move up in the group A ranking. Their next step is to topple the COA Enablers, who has not won any of its four […] The post BFP battles COA; hopes to continue winning streak at UNTV Cup appeared first on UNTV News.


Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:57

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing. Madrid issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont and four of his former ministers after they fled to Brussels last month and ignored a summons to appear before a Spanish judge, claiming they would not get a fair trial. Lawyers for the Catalan separatists said prosecutors had formally asked the judge to approve the warrant during a hearing behind closed doors in Brussels on Friday -- the first round in what could become a protracted courtroom battle.


Nations commend the AFP for ending Marawi siege in a short period of time

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:50

MANILA, Philippines — Other countries like Australia salute the capability of the Philippine military and police for successfully winning the battle in Marawi City. They said the government forces were able to neutralize the Maute terror group despite having few number of troops. According to Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief […] The post Nations commend the AFP for ending Marawi siege in a short period of time appeared first on UNTV News.


Senators urge change in bidding process for MRT maintenance system

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:49

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is not buying the idea of stopping or suspending the operation of MRT Line-3 just to give way for assessment and repair works. “The public will suffer once you close [the operation.] As I was telling you, the problem is with the maintenance. If the [provider] […] The post Senators urge change in bidding process for MRT maintenance system appeared first on UNTV News.


AFP maintains no violations of any rule of engagement in the Marawi siege

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:39

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is confident that military personnel performed their duty well in fighting for the liberation of Marawi City against the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group. This is the response of the AFP against the report of  Amnesty International alleging the military of violations of human rights to […] The post AFP maintains no violations of any rule of engagement in the Marawi siege appeared first on UNTV News.


As Egypt targets gays, band reluctantly bears flag

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:39

As Lebanese rockers Mashrou' Leila played in Cairo, fans hoisted in the air rainbow flags, the global emblem of gay equality. Mashrou' Leila's singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay and the band voiced outrage over the crackdown. Mashrou' Leila -- which, with its unique blend of intricate indie rock and enigmatic Arabic poetry, has become one of the Middle East's biggest bands -- sees music as a goal in itself.


Meek Mill heading to court for bail hearing

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:30

The rapper is now out of solitary confinement.


Carrie Underwood's husband thanks fans for support during singer's surgery

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:30

The ice hockey star rushed back to Tennessee after learning his wife had been hospitalised following a nasty fall at their home.


Judge drops restraining order against Tyrese Gibson

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:30

The actor's ex-wife wants him to undergo a mental health evaluation.


PNP chief: Failed attack of Abu Sayyaf Group during ASEAN Summit linked to ISIS

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:12

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has revealed the arrest of three alleged members of the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) on November 10 in the village of Culiat, Tandang Sora in Quezon City. The intelligence group of the PNP has discovered that the said terrorists planned to conduct bombings during the conduct of […] The post PNP chief: Failed attack of Abu Sayyaf Group during ASEAN Summit linked to ISIS appeared first on UNTV News.


Man jailed for death of Philippine congressman in bombing

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:22

The former driver of a Filipino politician was jailed for life Friday over the assassination of a rival congressman in a bombing a decade ago, officials said. Ikram Indama was found guilty of the November 13, 2007 murders of House of Representatives member Wahab Akbar and three other people in a motorcycle bomb attack, which wounded seven more including two other legislators. Indama had worked as a driver for Gerry Salapuddin, a former congressman and Akbar's bitter political rival in the mainly-Muslim southern Philippine island of Basilan.


Ben Affleck: 'I wish Rose McGowan the best'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:30

The actor has donated residuals from his Harvey Weinstein films to women's organisations.


Jennifer Hudson: 'Ex put me in fear for my life'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:30

The singer and former fiance David Otunga reportedly split earlier this year.


JAY-Z pens opinion piece about Meek Mill's prison sentence

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:30

The rapper previously called the sentence "heavy handed".


French rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalised

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:48

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, has been hospitalised with breathing problems, his entourage confirmed Friday. Celebrity magazine Voici had reported that 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.