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Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'

1 hour 14 min ago

China's Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church. The works -- including Chinese ceramics and paintings kept at the Vatican -- will be displayed at exhibitions due to open simultaneously in March at both the former seat of the Dragon Throne in Beijing and the pope's ethnological museum. The Holy See and China, which severed diplomatic ties in 1951, are attempting to warm relations after decades of tension -- though the long-awaited rapprochement has currently slowed over who gets to ordain bishops.


Zimbabwe lawmakers begin historic debate on Mugabe impeachment

1 hour 25 min ago

Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday began debating impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe, the country's sole leader since independence 37 years ago. As the 93-year-old autocrat faced intensifying pressure to quit, southern Africa's regional bloc announced it was dispatching the presidents of Angola and South Africa to Harare to discuss the crisis. Lawmakers began the historic impeachment debate shortly after ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who could be the country's next leader, told the 93-year-old Mugabe to step down.


Russia-hosted Syria talks: what to expect

2 hours 2 min ago

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for a summit aimed at bringing peace in Syria. Here is what you need to know about the trio's summit at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, hosted by Vladimir Putin ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set to be relaunched on November 28. - Building on Astana talks - Syrian regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey have co-sponsored peace talks in Astana, the capital of Russian ally Kazakhstan.


Germany struggles to emerge from crisis after govt talks collapse

2 hours 27 min ago

Germany's president was to start a difficult round of talks with party leaders Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to save the EU's top economy from the political turmoil sparked by the collapse of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition talks. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who takes centre stage because he can call snap elections, is expected to use his diplomatic skills as a two-time former foreign minister to persuade reluctant party chiefs to return to the negotiating table. The head of state, who spoke with Merkel on Monday, planned to meet with the left-leaning Greens at his Berlin Bellevue Castle and then, at 1500 GMT, with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), the party which pulled the pin on month-long coalition talks Monday.


Philippines' Duterte defends troops on looting in Marawi siege

4 hours 6 min ago

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday rejected allegations by a rights group that troops engaged in looting during the bloody battle against Islamic State followers in the southern city of Marawi. Duterte also assured soldiers he would protect their interests following allegations by Amnesty International that they had committed abuses during the five-month battle in Marawi that left over a thousand people dead. "Those (allegations) of stealing in Marawi, I don't believe it.


Malacañang-PSC suffers first loss at UNTV Cup 6

4 hours 57 min ago

The four-game-flawless Malacañang-PSC Kamao received its first loss of the season after the Judiciary Magis defeated them on Sunday, November 19 at the Pasig City Sports Center. Led by former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez, the Magis overturned the winning favor from the Kamao after Vincent John Puno converted two free throw shots, 83-82; and […] The post Malacañang-PSC suffers first loss at UNTV Cup 6 appeared first on UNTV News.


Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria

5 hours 31 min ago

At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. "So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi," Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.


Malacañang-PSC suffers first lost at UNTV Cup 6

5 hours 58 min ago

The four-game-flawless Malacañang-PSC Kamao received its first loss of the season after the Judiciary Magis defeated them on Sunday, November 19 at the Pasig City Sports Center. Led by former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez, the Magis overturned the winning favor from the Kamao after Vincent John Puno converted two free throw shots, 83-82; and […] The post Malacañang-PSC suffers first lost at UNTV Cup 6 appeared first on UNTV News.


President Duterte maintains bans on open-pit mining in the country

6 hours 14 min ago

President Rodrigo Duterte stands behind former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’ policy of banning open-pit mining in the country. “He says that the ban on open pit mining remains,” Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque said. Prior to this, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu mentioned of his plan to present to Mr. […] The post President Duterte maintains bans on open-pit mining in the country appeared first on UNTV News.


Aguirre open to run in 2019 Senatorial elections

6 hours 46 min ago

“If you ask me, I think Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre should be in the line up of senatorial candidates of PDP-Laban in 2019. I will support the candidacy of Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre,” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said in what seems to be an endorsement for the justice secretary as a possible administration candidate in the 2019 senatorial […] The post Aguirre open to run in 2019 Senatorial elections appeared first on UNTV News.


PhilPost plans for a centralized system of collating government documents

6 hours 53 min ago

The Philippine Postal Corporation or PhilPost marks its 250th year of service delivering mails and parcels despite how technology has modernized the sending of messages. Post Master General Joel Otarra said they are committed to sending letters and packages across the country. “60% of Filipinos still do not have computers. There is [internet connectivity] in cities, […] The post PhilPost plans for a centralized system of collating government documents appeared first on UNTV News.


Got a spare $71m? How about a single Hong Kong apartment?

6 hours 58 min ago

Home may be where the heart is, but in Hong Kong it comes at a record price -- more than $71 million for a single apartment. A well-heeled buyer snapped up two adjacent mountain-top pads -- each more than 4,000 square feet (370 square metres) -- for an eye-watering combined price of US$149.1 million. The price smashed the previous record paid for a place to sleep in Hong Kong's red-hot property market, when a duplex unit on the island topped out at $13,439 per square foot in September.


China urges talks after US brands N.Korea a terror sponsor

7 hours 7 min ago

China called Tuesday for extra efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through talks after US President Donald Trump re-branded Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism. "More should be done in that regard." China has pushed for a "dual track approach" which would require the United States to freeze its military drills in South Korea while North Korea would halt its weapons programmes, but the proposal has not gained traction. Trump on Monday promised a rapid escalation of US Treasury sanctions against the North after adding its name to a terror blacklist previously led by Iran and Syria.


Untested but defiant, Aussies seek to strike 'fear' in Ashes

8 hours 20 min ago

Australia's surprise selections raised plenty of eyebrows but they will hope their pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins can replicate Mitchell Johnson's devastating bowling at the Gabba ground in 2013. England also have an untested batting line-up and their campaign to retain the Ashes urn was dealt a major blow when star all-rounder Ben Stokes was suspended pending investigations into a brawl outside a nightclub.


Bella Hadid thrilled to wear 'dream look' at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:00

Model Bella Hadid was "so humbled" to be cast in the American lingerie brand's latest extravaganza.


Japan woman claims to have dumped babies in concrete buckets

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:37

A mother who dumped four of her babies in buckets filled with concrete that she then kept in her apartment for two decades was arrested in Japan on Tuesday. Mayumi Saito, 53, told investigators she had given birth to the infants between 1992 and 1997, a police spokesman told AFP. Saito handed herself in at an Osaka police station on Monday and confessed, saying she did not think her desperate financial predicament made it possible for her to look after the children, local media reported.


Impeachment motion looms against Mugabe

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:24

Zimbabwe's ruling party is to launch impeachment proceedings Tuesday against President Robert Mugabe, in the latest bid to oust the 93-year-old strongman still clinging to power after 37 years in office. A military takeover last week was followed by huge street protests against the authoritarian leader, and the ZANU-PF, his own once-loyal party, has also turned against him. "The party has instructed the chief whip to proceed with impeachment processes," ZANU-PF said in a statement, with the motion due to be presented before parliament on Tuesday.


Australia out to 'end careers' in Ashes, says Lyon

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:06

Australia are out to "end careers" for England players in the upcoming Ashes Tests, spinner Nathan Lyon said Monday, pointing out how the tourists finished their last visit in disarray. Lyon recalled the devastation caused by left-armer Mitchell Johnson in 2013-2014, when he took 37 wickets with his ferocious fast bowling as the Australians inflicted a crushing 5-0 home series defeat. Ahead of the first Test in Brisbane from Thursday, the off-spinner said many in the England squad remain haunted by Johnson's assault, taking aim at captain Joe Root who was axed for the final Test in Sydney.


Sen. Sotto to sue blogger Cocoy Dayao before the NBI

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:01

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Vicente Sotto III will file a cyber libel complaint against Edward Angelo Dayao or popularly known as Cocoy Dayao, the individual allegedly behind the blog page called “Silent no more.” The Senator plans to file the complaint on Monday before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Sotto said the complaint is […] The post Sen. Sotto to sue blogger Cocoy Dayao before the NBI appeared first on UNTV News.


As Mladic awaits verdict, Bosnians still search for loved ones

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:55

Fikret Bacic has only one dream: finding the remains of his family. It does not matter to him whether Serb general Ratko Mladic is convicted on Wednesday over their deaths in Bosnia's civil war. "For me, (Mladic) is already dead anyway, the only thing that interests me is finding my wife, my children, my mother," said the 59-year-old.