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Free mobile services, offered to residents of Marawi City

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:07

It has been a month since the clash in Marawi City erupted. Residents and soldiers have lost communications with their loved ones. To appease their worrying relatives, the government and one private company offered free call and text services in Marawi. The free domestic mobile service is open to all prepaid users in the area. […] The post Free mobile services, offered to residents of Marawi City appeared first on UNTV News.


No enough space for “bakwits” in evacuation center in Baloi, Lanao Del Norte

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:04

A month after the crisis in Marawi City broke out, the current number of evacuees at an evacuation center in Baloi, Lanao Del Norte has already exceeded the capacity of the temporary shelter. The intense heat also causes evacuees especially children to get ill. This is why the “bakwits” (evacuees) are asking the DSWD to […] The post No enough space for “bakwits” in evacuation center in Baloi, Lanao Del Norte appeared first on UNTV News.


U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to suspend operation on Monday

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:50

The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines will be closed on Monday June 26. This is in observance the Eid Al-Fitr or the end of Ramadan of Muslims. US Embassy operations will resume the next day, June 27. Meanwhile, Malacañang has declared June 26 as a regular holiday.– UNTV News and Rescue The post U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to suspend operation on Monday appeared first on UNTV News.


Corruption scandals muddy Mongolia's presidential vote

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:45

Mongolians pick a new president Monday after a campaign marred by corruption scandals plaguing all three candidates, from jobs for cash to offshore accounts and donations from an alleged cult. "We are forced to choose the lesser of three evils," Dugersurengiin Sukhjargalmaa, a former member of the Mongolia People's Party (MPP) and advisor for national gender justice organisation MONFEMNET, told AFP. The candidates are Mieygombo Enkhbold for the Mongolian People's Party -- which controls the parliament -- Khaltmaa Battulga for the opposition Democratic Party (DP) and Sainkhuu Ganbaatar for the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party.


'El Chapo' to sue Netflix over series: lawyer

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:29

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman plans to sue Netflix and Univision for allegedly defaming him with a TV series about his life, one of his lawyers said Thursday. The series, "El Chapo" -- which premiered in April -- presents Guzman as a "heartless criminal," damaging his image just as he faces trial in US federal court next year, said lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez.


Trump admits he has no tapes of Comey meetings

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:46

US President Donald Trump admitted Thursday he does not have recordings of his private meetings with fired FBI director James Comey, after fueling speculation for weeks of secret Oval Office tapes. "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings," Trump said on Twitter. The admission threw a new twist into allegations, fed by Comey's own claims, that Trump wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pull back on its probe into the Russia scandal.


Sanchez makes history as Chile draw with Germany

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:23

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. "I'm very happy to be Chile's top-scorer now, our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance," said Sanchez, who refused to be drawn about his Arsenal future. "We played well in the first half, but Germany adapted very well to how we were playing.


Fears for thousands of tower block residents after London inferno

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:02

Tower blocks housing thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material. Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had arranged to test cladding on "all relevant tower blocks" following the deadly June 14 inferno. At least 11 public housing blocks in eight locations including London and Manchester have already been found to be covered in combustible material, local government minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday in a letter to MPs.


Liverpool sign Mohamed Salah from Roma

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:23

Liverpool on Thursday completed the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee reported to be 39 million euros ($43.5 million). The 25-year-old agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League giants. Salah, who has also played for Basel, Chelsea and Fiorentina, has been capped 52 times, scoring 29 international goals.


US student jailed by N.Korea laid to rest in Ohio

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:23

Mourners turned out in droves to pay their final respects Thursday to Otto Warmbier, the US student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a mysterious coma that proved fatal. The 800-capacity auditorium at Warmbier's high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was packed, as were overflow rooms set up to accommodate additional attendees. Sentenced to hard labor early last year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in captivity.


Ron Howard to take over 'Star Wars' Han Solo spin-off

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:10

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly-anticipated "Star Wars" Han Solo spinoff after directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were sacked, Lucasfilm said Thursday. Lord and Miller, the pair behind the acclaimed "The LEGO Movie" and "21 Jump Street," were dropped after clashing with the studio's chief Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press. "At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago," Kennedy said in a statement.


Over 400 migrants rescued at sea in Spain in past week

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:04

Over 400 migrants have been rescued at sea off the coast of southern Spain in the past week, rescue services said Thursday. Spanish coast guards rescued migrants on 16 boats making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, as an increasing amount of people seek entry into Europe through Spain. The number of migrants headed to Spain by sea has soared this year, rising three-fold in the first four months compared to the same period last year.


Gabrielle Union melts in Paris heat at Rick Owens menswear show

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

The star admires how the innovate designer "pushes the envelope" with his clothing.


Shannen Doherty and husband show off matching hairdos

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

The actress actively documented her cancer battle online.


Johnny Depp jokes about Trump assassination at Glastonbury Festival

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

The crowd roared in response to the actor's controversial statements.


Diplo teams up with Katy Perry on American Idol revival

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

The musicians reportedly enjoyed a summer fling in 2014.


Main forest fires in Portugal under control

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:12

The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend and killed more than 60 people were brought under control on Thursday, authorities said, though grief and anger smouldered across the country. The fire in Pedrogao Grande, which ravaged 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of forests, was doused only late Wednesday as firefighters contended with searing heat as well as rapidly shifting winds. The giant blaze broke out initially at Pedrogao Grande and spread to adjacent central areas including Gois, Pampilhosa da Serra and Arganil.


IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret as Iraqi forces advance

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:32

Mosul's trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries Thursday after desperate jihadists blew it up as Iraqi forces advanced on an ancient mosque compound in the embattled northern city. Explosions on Wednesday evening levelled both the Nuri mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group and its ancient leaning minaret, known as the "Hadba" (Hunchback). Officials from Iraq and the US-led anti-IS coalition said the destruction of the site was a sign of the jihadist group's imminent loss of Mosul, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi calling it an "official declaration of defeat".


Actress Emma Watson takes feminist book happening to Paris

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:17

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson spent Thursday hiding copies of Margaret Atwood's classic novel "The Handmaid's Tale" across Paris to promote feminism. "I'm hiding copies all over Paris!" the actor best known for playing Hermione Granger said on Twitter.


US student jailed by N.Korea laid to rest in Ohio

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:51

Hundreds of mourners turned out Thursday to pay final respects to Otto Warmbier, the US student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a coma that proved fatal. The 800-capacity auditorium at Warmbier's high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was packed to capacity, as were overflow rooms set up to accommodate additional mourners. Sentenced to hard labor early last year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in captivity.