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N.Korea an 'unprecedented threat' says Mattis and Pacific allies

1 hour 41 min ago

North Korea's weapons programmes pose "an unprecedented and grave threat" to the United States, South Korea and Japan, defence ministers from the three countries warned Tuesday. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his Asian counterparts vowed to step up diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang while enhancing military cooperation as they held security talks in the Philippines.

Chicago museum outs Trump 'Renoir' as fake

1 hour 43 min ago

An American museum is casting doubt on President Donald Trump's reported claim to possess an original Renoir -- revealing to have owned the Impressionist painting in question for the past 84 years. According to a former Trump biographer, the US leader claims to own the original "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)," an oil-on-canvas painted by the French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1881. "We're proud and grateful to be able to share this exceptional painting with our 1.5 million visitors each year." An identical work, which Trump asserted to be the original, was displayed in his private jet and seen as recently as last year inside his New York home, according to biographer Tim O'Brien.

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid's FIFA awards triumph

1 hour 52 min ago

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men's player of the year trophy as Real Madrid dominated a star-studded awards ceremony in London on Monday. The Portuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, played a major role in Real winning both La Liga and the Champions League. Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFA team of the year.

Fox protected Bill O'Reilly from harassment claims: Megyn Kelly

3 hours 56 min ago

One of America's top TV personalities Monday accused Fox News of protecting disgraced former presenter Bill O'Reilly in the face of sexual harassment allegations. Speaking on her morning NBC show, ex-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly said she sent an email to several Fox News executives in November 2016, expressing her outrage at O'Reilly's alleged behavior.

Shrews' skulls shrink in winter, then grow back, study finds

4 hours 17 min ago

The skulls of shrews, a tiny mouse-like mammal, shrink in the winter and then regrow to nearly their previous size in the spring, say scientists who confirmed the baffling process in a study published Monday. Little is known about what causes the cycle of skull shrinkage and regrowth, but the researchers say the process may help shrews, which do not migrate or hibernate, survive the winter. "Reducing head size -- and thus brain size -- might save energy disproportionally as the brain is energetically so expensive," said Javier Lazaro, lead author of the study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology in Germany.

PNP to continue serving arrest warrant to narco-politicians in Mindanao

5 hours 24 min ago

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not stop until drug personalities listed in their arrest order, especially narco-politicians who are allegedly involved in funding the Maute terrorist group, are arrested. PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said they are not violating any orders because he reasoned that, “Hindi naman yan anti-drug operation. […] The post PNP to continue serving arrest warrant to narco-politicians in Mindanao appeared first on UNTV News.

Russian journalist stabbed in neck 'in medical coma'

5 hours 50 min ago

A Russian journalist was in a medically induced coma Monday after a man claiming a "telepathic" connection broke into a radio station critical of the Kremlin and stabbed her in the neck. Tatyana Felgengauer, a 32-year-old presenter for Echo of Moscow, was attacked after the suspect entered the radio station's building in central Moscow and blinded the security guard with a spray, editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov said. A police video shows the suspect, identified by the station as Boris Grits, saying he had known the journalist "telepathically" for years.

Catalan separatists vow 'civil disobedience' in standoff with Madrid

5 hours 50 min ago

Catalan separatists Monday threatened "mass civil disobedience" if Madrid carries out threats to depose their leaders, as tensions mounted over a bid to sever the region from Spain. Madrid stood firm on its plans to replace the government of the semi-autonomous region whose inhabitants voted "Yes" in a banned independence referendum on October 1. Catalonia's separatist parties, in turn, called a special session of the regional parliament for Thursday to devise a response.

EU targets German carmakers in new antitrust raids

5 hours 52 min ago

A series of raids by EU antitrust regulators against German carmakers struck a new blow Monday to one of the most important sectors of the economy which has already been hit by a string of other scandals. The EU Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said in a statement that it had carried out inspections "related to ... concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices." As is customary in EU anti-trust proceedings, the names of the car companies involved were not revealed. Back in July, news weekly Der Spiegel had reported that Volkswagen, Daimler, Audi, Porsche and BMW secretly worked together from the 1990s on car development, construction and logistics.

Macron faces rights test as Egypt's Sisi visits Paris

6 hours 4 min ago

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Paris on Tuesday under pressure from human rights groups to end what they call France's "disgraceful policies of indulgence" towards him. Sisi, a former general who ousted the elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, will meet the French defence and foreign ministers as well as business groups during his two-day trip that starts on Monday. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist elected in May, is pushing a pragmatic, results-oriented foreign policy but also one that sees France uphold its historic mission of defending human rights.

Horner slams 'harsh' Verstappen demotion at US Grand Prix

6 hours 20 min ago

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has launched an impassioned plea for consistent decision-making and a more careful choice of stewards after Max Verstappen's controversial demotion to fourth at Sunday's United States Grand Prix. Horner avoided revealing names, but pointedly made it clear that one of the stewards involved in the widely-criticised decision taken at the Circuit of the Americas was involved in a similar episode at last year's Mexican Grand Prix, which also involved Verstappen. The young Dutchman, 20, who on Friday confirmed he had agreed a contract to stay at Red Bull until 2020, was given a five seconds penalty after a thrilling late passing move on Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, saw him drive briefly off the track at the final corner of the last lap.

38 women accuse US director James Toback of sexual harassment

6 hours 41 min ago

The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened Monday after 38 women were reported to have accused US film director James Toback of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades. Toback reeled them in with boasts about his movie career and connections and with claims he could make them a star, according to their accounts to the Los Angeles Times. "He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes," Louise Post, who met Toback in 1987 while attending Barnard College, told the Times.

DND declares termination of combat operations in Marawi City

6 hours 44 min ago

  MANILA, Philippines — Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana formally announced, Monday, the end of the battle between government troops and the ISIS-inspired Maute terror group in Marawi City. “After 154 days of siege of Marawi Daesh-inspired Maute ISIS group, or after a week since the Commander-in-Chief”s declaration of liberation in Marawi, we now […] The post DND declares termination of combat operations in Marawi City appeared first on UNTV News.

Trump may not visit Korea DMZ

6 hours 44 min ago

President Donald Trump may not visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea when he travels to Asia early next month, the White House said Monday. Most previous US presidents have visited the eerie sliver of land that separates US and South Korean troops from their North Korean adversaries. A senior administration official said Trump had been invited by the government in Seoul to visit Camp Humphreys, south of the South Korean capital and away from the DMZ.

Aspirants surpass longest, bloodiest test mission in special course training in Marawi

6 hours 46 min ago

  MARAWI, Philippines — With the conclusion of the combat operation in Marawi City, more than 200 military and police personnel have also completed their special course training. The Marawi crisis served as their test mission before graduating and becoming a legitimate member of the Special Forces and Scout Rangers. The five-month encounter in Marawi […] The post Aspirants surpass longest, bloodiest test mission in special course training in Marawi appeared first on UNTV News.

Carl’s parents ask DOJ to speed up resolution of complaints against cop, taxi driver

6 hours 50 min ago

The parents of Carl Arnaiz rebutted the claim of 2 Caloocan cops that the teener was killed in a legitimate police operation. They pointed out that taxi driver Tomas Bagcal himself said there was no shoot out and the operation is ‘scripted’. This is further controverted by the testimony of witness “Joe Daniel” who saw […] The post Carl’s parents ask DOJ to speed up resolution of complaints against cop, taxi driver appeared first on UNTV News.

“Tapang at Malasakit” Alliance launched in support of President Rodrigo Duterte

6 hours 51 min ago

  MANILA, Philippines — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday led the launching of a pro-administration alliance called “Tapang at Malasakit.” Present at the launch were personalities known to be allies of President Rodrigo Duterte. These include Foreign Affairs Sec. Allan Peter Cayetano, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former President […] The post “Tapang at Malasakit” Alliance launched in support of President Rodrigo Duterte appeared first on UNTV News.

President Duterte accepts poll chief’s resignation effective immediately

6 hours 51 min ago

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Comelec Chief Andres Bautista effective immediately. This is contrary to Bautista’s earlier announcement that he will step down from his post by the end of the year. In a press conference, Bautista said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea sent a letter accepting his resignation effective […] The post President Duterte accepts poll chief’s resignation effective immediately appeared first on UNTV News.

NHA targets to relocate more than 100,000 NCR informal settlers until 2019

6 hours 53 min ago

  MANILA, Philippines —  The National Housing Authority already completed 84 percent of more than a hundred thousand housing units for the informal settlers in the National Capital Region. Around 16,700 of these are in-city resettlements while the rest are situated in the nearby provinces such as in Rizal and in Bulacan. One of the […] The post NHA targets to relocate more than 100,000 NCR informal settlers until 2019 appeared first on UNTV News.

DILG to deploy 58,000 security personnel in ASEAN Summit

6 hours 55 min ago

Preparations for the forthcoming ASEAN Summit to be held on November 13 to 15 are now underway. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported that it will be deploying around 58,000 security personnel from the 21 agencies under it. “Similar to what we had on 2015 yung APEC kasi almost the same […] The post DILG to deploy 58,000 security personnel in ASEAN Summit appeared first on UNTV News.