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Yemeni Halloween party 'suicide bomber' fined in Malaysia

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:42

A Yemeni man who dressed as a hooded suicide bomber for a Halloween party has been fined in Malaysia for causing a public nuisance, his lawyer said Friday.


Bomb plot foiled ahead of ASEAN summit in Philippines: police

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:24

An Islamist plot to bomb a Manila shopping mall as US President Donald Trump and other world leaders arrived in the city for a summit has been foiled, Philippine police said Friday. Three alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group were arrested on November 10, authorities said, a day before leaders began descending on the capital for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and other meetings. "A terror attack could have happened if not for that interdiction," the police said in a statement, adding that pistols and grenades were seized from the suspects.


'Boss of bosses' Toto Riina, feared Godfather from Corleone

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:58

Gangster "Boss of bosses" Toto Riina, who has died at the age of 87, was one of the most violent and feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia. Salvatore "Toto" Riina, nicknamed "The Beast" because of his cruelty, led a reign of terror for almost 20 years after taking control of the island's powerful organised crime group Cosa Nostra in the 1970s. The most high-profile were the assassinations in 1992 of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who had worked fearlessly to bring more than 300 mobsters to trial in 1987.


Victoria's Secret gala hits snag in China as model pulls out

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:55

Top US fashion model Gigi Hadid on Friday pulled out of the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai after an online video showing her apparently making a slant-eyes face sparked criticism in China. "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year," the 22-year-old said on Twitter. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" Hadid's withdrawal averts a potential PR disaster for Victoria's Secret, which is hoping to shore up a sagging bottom line by pushing into China's growing intimate-wear market.


US calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:49

The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country's main opposition, warning the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia's Supreme Court, effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen, outlawed the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, accusing the party of plotting to overthrow the government. Cambodia faced a chorus of condemnation from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations following the ruling that essentially allows Hun Sen's party to run uncontested in next year's polls.


China sends envoy to N. Korea, Trump hails 'big move'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:45

China dispatched a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, a trip hailed as a "big move" by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. Diplomat Song Tao was travelling to the North on behalf of President Xi Jinping to brief officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and other "issues of mutual interest", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Trump, who warned Xi during his trip to Beijing last week that time was "quickly running out" to solve the nuclear crisis, took to Twitter on Thursday to hail the mission as "a big move, we'll see what happens!".


Philippine troops abused rights in Marawi battle: Amnesty

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:59

Philippine troops detained and tortured civilians trying to flee a besieged southern city during a five-month battle with militants loyal to the Islamic State group, Amnesty International alleged Friday. The US-backed military campaign to retake Marawi claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people including around 900 militants, displaced 400,000 residents and reduced large parts of the city to rubble. Amnesty called on Manila to investigate claims of "serious violations of international humanitarian law and other serious violations and abuses of human rights law" in a report released a month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from pro-IS gunmen.


Ma. Isabel Lopez says sorry for violation, appeals to LTO not to cancel her license

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:57

MANILA, Philippines — Actress and former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez humbled herself and apologized for the breach of security protocol she committed when she illegally used the lane designated for the delegates and heads of state of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Once again I’m apologizing to the people I have inconvenienced. The […] The post Ma. Isabel Lopez says sorry for violation, appeals to LTO not to cancel her license appeared first on UNTV News.


Senate expedites passage of proposed 2018 national budget, tax reform package

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:56

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate went straight to deliberation of priority bills of the Duterte administration as soon as the session opened on Thursday. The upper chamber of Congress targets to finish its deliberations on the proposed P3.7 trillion 2018 national budget before the December. This despite the delay in the opening of session supposedly […] The post Senate expedites passage of proposed 2018 national budget, tax reform package appeared first on UNTV News.


Tracee Ellis Ross thrilled to honour mum Diana Ross at American Music Awards

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:30

Tracee Ellis Ross has revealed that her superstar mother Diana Ross is a great cook and makes the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner each year.


Macklemore uses nude Justin Bieber painting as a sex aid

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:30

Macklemore is "very proud" of his nude Justin Bieber painting.


Hayley Atwell planning to settle down with doctor boyfriend

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:30

Hayley Atwell was angered by headlines referring to her weight, after reports Harvey Weinstein called her a "fat pig".


Fergie sobbed on the way to studio over mum guilt

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:30

Fergie didn't plan for Axl Jack to feature on her song Enchante (Carine) but she couldn't resist after he began singing it around the house.


Taylor Swift slammed for failing to withdraw 'empty' legal threats to blogger

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:30

Taylor Swift has failing to withdraw the legal threat she made against a blogger.


NAFTA negotiators hold new talks amid fears of collapse

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:22

After three months of thorny negotiations, fears of a breakdown are hanging in the air as the US, Mexico and Canada begin new talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement Friday. The fifth round of talks on updating the 23-year-old deal will be a low-key affair, with the top trade officials from all three countries staying home to let the technical experts sift through the divisive details at a Mexico City hotel, out of the spotlight. The previous round, held last month outside Washington, ended with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer trading blame with Mexican Finance Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland over frictions that have left the future of the deal in doubt.


Van drivers charged over links to NPA kidnapping of 2 cops in Surigao

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:17

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have filed charges of slight illegal detention against the drivers of the vans used by the New Peoples Army (NPA) in abducting PO2 Alfredo Degamon Jr. and PO2 John Paul Duverte of the Placer Municipal Police Station last Monday. The drivers were identified as Donald Pitogo and Benjie Bising, who is […] The post Van drivers charged over links to NPA kidnapping of 2 cops in Surigao appeared first on UNTV News.


'Despacito' sweeps Latin Grammys -- and heads to Asia

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:58

'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the Chinese-speaking world. The infectious reggaeton tune, which Fonsi sings with a rap assist from fellow Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee, was already a global hit when a remix featuring Justin Bieber brought it into the US mainstream. Twelve or 11 months of hard work representing our language in the entire world and enjoying a song that, thanks to Latin audiences and many beyond, has become so influential and has united the entire world and broken language barriers," Fonsi told reporters at the gala in Las Vegas.


German coalition talks go into overtime

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:31

Tough talks between the parties hoping to form Germany's next government failed to reach a breakthrough overnight and were expected to resume on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "serious differences" remained between the sides. "We're going to an extension," Greens' co-leader Cem Ozdemir said, with the talks expected to resume at 1100 GMT. Volker Kauder, the parliamentary leader of Merkel's conservative CDU, said negotiations could even continue into the weekend, as he left marathon talks around 4am (0300 GMT).


US calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:31

The United States on Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country's main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia's Supreme Court -- effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen -- outlawed the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned more than 100 of its politicians in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the "death" of the nation's democracy. The European Union echoed Washington's concerns over a move that means Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party can now run in next year's polls essentially uncontested.


Christmas Comes in November for the Subaru Legacy

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:00

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines, is giving a Christmas treat for the Subaru Legacy this November. Be one of the delighted owners of ... The post Christmas Comes in November for the Subaru Legacy appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.