• Pele hospitalised with exhaustion, cancels London trip
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    Pele hospitalised with exhaustion, cancels London trip

    Pele is in hospital after collapsing due to exhaustion, preventing him from travelling to London for an engagement this weekend, the English Football Writers Association (FWA) revealed on Friday. The 77-year-old, a three-time World Cup winner, collapsed on Thursday according to the FWA and is being

  • 'A Year In Provence' author Peter Mayle dies aged 78
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    'A Year In Provence' author Peter Mayle dies aged 78

    Peter Mayle, who wrote the best-selling memoir "A Year In Provence", has died at the age of 78, his publishers announced. Following a short illness, the British author died on Thursday in a hospital near his beloved home in southern France, publishing house Alfred A. Knopf said. "A Year

  • Nadal ominous in Melbourne as Wozniacki gets back on track
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    Nadal ominous in Melbourne as Wozniacki gets back on track

    Rafael Nadal stormed into the round of 16 at the Australian Open Friday with a vintage performance as Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki kept their Grand Slam hopes alive on a hot draining day. Spanish world number one Nadal showed no mercy to 28th seed Damir Dzumhur on Margaret Court Arena, as

  • Ex-Catalan leader says can govern from Belgium
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    Ex-Catalan leader says can govern from Belgium

    Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont, who was sacked by Madrid over his attempt to break from Spain, said Friday he can govern the region from Belgium where he is in self-exile as he eyes a comeback after scoring big in elections. "There are only two options: in prison I would not be

  • India's top court acquits Bollywood director of rape
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    India's top court acquits Bollywood director of rape

    India's top court on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Bollywood director accused of raping an American research scholar in a case that has sparked intense debate about consent in a country with high levels of sexual violence. Mahmood Farooqui was initially found guilty of rape in 2016, but the Delhi

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    Philippines' main airport fires contractor over baggage thefts

    Manila airport fired a major contractor and announced a raft of new security measures on Friday after a spate of baggage thefts at the main Philippine gateway once derided as the world's worst airport. President Rodrigo Duterte summoned airport authorities and the transport minister on Thursday

  • Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany
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    Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

    Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus. Surrounded by Orthodox priests and glittering religious icons, and with the temperature hovering around

  • House Speaker: Congress to resume voting on charter change even without senators in con-ass
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    House Speaker: Congress to resume voting on charter change even without senators in con-ass

    MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is confident that the Lower House alone can comply with the constitutional requirement of three-fourths of the members of Congress shall vote in favor of the proposal to shift into the federal form of government, even without the senators. “And then

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    First Comic-Con Asia to donate financial assistance to Marawi War victims

    MANILA, Philippines – The 1st Comic Convention in Asia will happen on March 24 and 25. Tagged as the grandest reunion of superhero fans, it also aims to promote exceptional talents by Filipino artists. Aside from entertainment, it will hold an auction to generate funds for the kin of Marawi soldiers

  • Pope to meet indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon
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    Pope to meet indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon

    Pope Francis was to make his first visit Friday to the Amazon on the final leg of a South American trip, with a festive atmosphere awaiting him in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado as thousands of indigenous people gathered. "For the first time in this city, the indigenous communities of almost

  • Prime Mum-ister: New Zealand PM says she's having a baby
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    Prime Mum-ister: New Zealand PM says she's having a baby

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country's first leader to give birth while in office. Ardern was all smiles Friday as she appeared with partner Clarke Gayford at their home to announce the "unexpected but exciting

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    At least 12,000 evacuees in Legazpi City, Albay may be allowed to return home

    ALBAY, Philippines — Based on the observation of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), the ash fall is coming out from the southern part of Mayon Volcano. The ash fall primarily affects the towns of Guinobatan and Camalig in the province of Albay. With this, the local government

  • Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe
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    Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe

    MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre has denied the statement of Rappler that the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will just be a fishing expedition with the aim to suppress the freedom of the press. According to Aguirre, the Department of Justice (DOJ

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    PNP Chief to implement one-strike policy against corrupt police

    MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will implement a one-strike policy against policemen who will be caught in corrupt practices. Dela Rosa reminds policemen to maintain honesty and not to follow the steps of corrupt cops. “Wag na wag

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    No indication of strong explosion from Mayon Volcano — PHIVOLCS

    MANILA, Philippines — In the latest report on Mayon Volcano, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded 48 rockfall events; two episodes where it blew out very thick ash, and one volcanic earthquake in the past 24 hours. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary

  • Russell Brand launches petition to help homeless displaced by royal wedding
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    Russell Brand launches petition to help homeless displaced by royal wedding

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to be married in Windsor, England in May (18).

  • Jessica Chastain requested SNL hosting tips from Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer
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    Jessica Chastain requested SNL hosting tips from Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer

    Jessica Chastain "blacked out" the first time she had a chance to speak with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Jamie Dornan struggled through Fifty Shades beach scene in jelly sandals
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    Jamie Dornan struggled through Fifty Shades beach scene in jelly sandals

    Actor Jamie Dornan has shared during a TV talk show appearance how he once glued false hair onto his private parts.

  • Adam Levine feared he would soil himself during daughter's birth
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    Adam Levine feared he would soil himself during daughter's birth

    Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo announced in September (17) they were expecting a second child, a sister for Dusty Rose.

  • Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor
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    Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

    Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw

  • Woody Allen: prolific film legend stained by scandal
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    Woody Allen: prolific film legend stained by scandal

    Woody Allen, the director and four-time Oscar winner known for his comedies rife with neurotic characters, is in the crosshairs of America's sexual harassment watershed over decades-old claims that he molested his daughter. For more than 25 years, unproven allegations that he molested his adopted

  • Firth rebukes Woody Allen over daughter's molestation claims
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    Firth rebukes Woody Allen over daughter's molestation claims

    Woody Allen faced widening isolation Friday over allegations that he molested his daughter more than 25 years ago, after Colin Firth joined the list of actors saying he would not work with the director again. Allen's estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has revived claims that he sexually assaulted

  • Margaret Qualley stars in Kate Spade's 25th anniversary campaign
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    Margaret Qualley stars in Kate Spade's 25th anniversary campaign

    Actress Margaret Qualley previously showed off her modelling skills for Kenzo.

  • Zubiri withdraws BBL Senate version
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    Zubiri withdraws BBL Senate version

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri will withdraw his version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). “That on Monday morning we will withdraw our version and file the BTC version,” sub-committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) chairman, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said. The senator, in what he

  • Excise tax on oil products may result to airfare hike
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    Excise tax on oil products may result to airfare hike

    MANILA, Philippines – Executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Carmelo Arcilla said the imposition of an excise tax on petroleum products may soon affect the prices of airline ticket fares. For this to happen, he noted that airline companies need to file first their petitions for a fare