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2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

1 hour 19 min ago

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.


Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes

1 hour 49 min ago

The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a movie about a hammer-wielding hitman, a moving story of AIDS activists and a parable of Putin's Russia among the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or. After 12 days of screenings and starry celebrations of the festival's 70th anniversary -- which were somewhat muted by the Manchester bombing -- it is now up to the nine-member celebrity jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar to decide which movie will triumph.


2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

3 hours 13 min ago

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.


2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

3 hours 13 min ago

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.


Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes

4 hours 14 min ago

The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a movie about a hammer-wielding hitman, a rousing story of AIDS activists and a parable of Putin's Russia among the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or. After 12 days of screenings and starry celebrations of the festival's 70th anniversary -- which were somewhat muted by the Manchester bombing -- it is now up to the nine-member celebrity jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar to decide which movie will triumph. Its star Joaquin Phoenix was also being talked of as a contender for best actor.


Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law

5 hours 26 min ago

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, despite the constitution giving them oversight. Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 million people, following deadly clashes in a mostly Muslim-populated city involving militants he said were trying to establish a caliphate for the Islamic State group. "Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue.


Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law

5 hours 26 min ago

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, despite the constitution giving them oversight. Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 million people, following deadly clashes in a mostly Muslim-populated city involving militants he said were trying to establish a caliphate for the Islamic State group. "Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue.


Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law

5 hours 34 min ago

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, despite the constitution giving them oversight. Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 million people, following deadly clashes in a mostly Muslim-populated city involving militants he said were trying to establish a caliphate for the Islamic State group. "Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue.


Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 04:33

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group. Authorities said the militants had killed 19 civilians in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people.


Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 04:32

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group. Authorities said the militants had killed 19 civilians in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people.


Cate Blanchett favours complex fragrances

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 03:00

Actress Cate Blanchett follows a simple daily beauty routine which includes the use of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, a high-factor facial SPF and a little mascara.


Blue Ivy ‘will be present at birth of Beyonce's twins’

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 03:00

Beyonce reportedly wants her daughter to attend the birth to avoid feelings of jealousy.


Cheryl ‘keen to tie the knot with Liam Payne’

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 03:00

Popstar Cheryl is said to be longing for a sense of security with beau Liam Payne.


Southern rock trailblazer Gregg Allman dead at 69

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 21:28

Gregg Allman, the powerfully bluesy and hard-jamming singer and songwriter who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and emerged as a pioneer of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted Saturday on his website. No cause of death was immediately given, but the statement said he had "struggled with many health issues over the past several years." Allman, who played keyboard and guitar and sang with a rich, growling voice, was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, Billboard reported on its website.


Singer songwriter Gregg Allman dead at 69

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 20:26

Gregg Allman, the powerfully bluesy singer and songwriter who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and emerged as a trailblazer of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted Saturday on his website. No cause of death was immediately given, but a statement on his website said he had "struggled with many health issues over the past several years." Allman, who played keyboards and guitar and also sang, was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, Billboard reported on its website.


Warriors' Brown on Cavs connections: 'Circle of life'

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:05

Mike Brown, standing in for Golden State coach Steve Kerr as the Warriors head into an unprecedented NBA championship rubber match with Cleveland, is downplaying his complicated Cavaliers connections. Brown has been at the helm as the Warriors stormed unbeaten through the first three rounds of the playoffs with Kerr sidelined by debilitating symptoms stemming from back surgery two years ago. Brown coached Cavaliers superstar LeBron James for five years in Cleveland before Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sacked him for the first time.


NBA: Warriors' Brown on Cavs connections: 'Circle of life'

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 18:38

Mike Brown, standing in for Golden State coach Steve Kerr as the Warriors head into an unprecedented NBA championship rubber match with Cleveland, is downplaying his complicated Cavaliers connections. Brown has been at the helm as the Warriors stormed unbeaten through the first three rounds of the playoffs with Kerr sidelined by debilitating symptoms stemming from back surgery two years ago. Brown coached Cavaliers superstar LeBrun James for five years in Cleveland before Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sacked him for the first time.


Philippines peace talks with communist rebels break down

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:12

Peace talks between the Philippine government and communist insurgents broke down on Saturday after a dispute over the rebels' ordering their fighters to step up attacks. The two sides had just opened formal talks when chief government negotiator Jesus Dureza objected to the communists' telling guerillas to intensify attacks in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in parts of the country. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over the southern third of the country on Tuesday to quell fighting with pro-Islamic State militants in a southern city.


Miranda Kerr weds Evan Spiegel

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:00

The couple became engaged last summer.


John Boyega evacuated from The Old Vic theatre during play performance

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:00

The alleged bomb threat turned out to be a false alarm.