• Films on Yazidi plight, Arab displacement honoured in Dubai
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    Films on Yazidi plight, Arab displacement honoured in Dubai

    Films about Yazidi suffering at the hands of the Islamic State group, Syrian labourers cut off from home and Palestinians estranged from family earned top awards Wednesday at the Dubai film festival. As industry stars crowded the red carpet for this year's glitzy showcase event the troubles roiling

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    David Byrne announces 'ambitious' new tour

    Rock icon David Byrne is planning a tour with an ultra-minimalist stage, calling the concerts his most ambitious since 1984's film "Stop Making Sense" with his band Talking Heads. "Stop Making Sense," directed by then little-known Jonathan Demme, has become a classic among concert

  • Gulf pours 130mn euros into Sahel anti-jihadist force
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    Gulf pours 130mn euros into Sahel anti-jihadist force

    Oil-rich Gulf countries pledged 130 million euros Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa's Sahel region, as French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders in a bid to boost a fledgling five-nation military force. The G5 Sahel force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali

  • UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
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    UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling

    The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish. A full 44.7 million tonnes of so-called e-waste was generated around the world in 2016, up eight percent

  • Trump faces consequences of Alabama election upset
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    Trump faces consequences of Alabama election upset

    President Donald Trump faced a new, more perilous political reality Wednesday, after a stunning Democratic victory at the polls in America's deeply conservative south threw the depth and breadth of his support into serious doubt. Doug Jones' win in a special Senate race in Alabama -- the first

  • Horn retains WBO welterweight title with TKO win over Corcoran
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    Horn retains WBO welterweight title with TKO win over Corcoran

    Australian Jeff Horn retained his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title with an 11th round technical knockout win over English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday. Horn, in his first title defence since he upset Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane in July this year

  • Dollar drops, Wall Street up before Fed rate call
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    Dollar drops, Wall Street up before Fed rate call

    The dollar dropped Wednesday but US stocks rose awaiting the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting which analysts believe will result in higher rates. A shock Democrat election win in a staunchly Republican senate district fuelled fears about US President Donald Trump's tax cut plans, also

  • Disney, Fox in focus on Wall Street as deal talk heats up
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    Disney, Fox in focus on Wall Street as deal talk heats up

    Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox shares were in the spotlight Wednesday amid reports the two media-entertainment powerhouses were readying a major deal for some of Fox's prized television and film assets. Some reports said the deal -- in which Disney would acquire the famed Fox Hollywood studios

  • 'Three Billboards' leads US Screen Actors Guild award nominations
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    'Three Billboards' leads US Screen Actors Guild award nominations

    Martin McDonagh's black comedy crime story "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" scored the most nominations Wednesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, seen as a major bellwether for the Oscars.

  • British boxing board to review Fury licence
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    British boxing board to review Fury licence

    Tyson Fury could have his boxing licence reinstated when the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) meets next month, a move that would allow the controversial fighter to make a dramatic return to the ring. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has cleared the 29-year-old former world heavyweight champion to return

  • Tour de France winner Froome faces questions over drugs test
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    Tour de France winner Froome faces questions over drugs test

    Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome had twice the permissible amount of asthma medication in his system during the Vuelta race in September, the UCI and his team revealed on Wednesday. Cycling's governing body said an anti-doping test that the British Team Sky rider took in Spain on September

  • England face last Ashes stand at WACA graveyard
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    England face last Ashes stand at WACA graveyard

    England, battered from their latest off-field booze-related scandal, will try to cling on to the Ashes urn at a venue where they haven't won since 1978 in Thursday's third Test. England's chaotic tour reaches the point of no return as Australia, 2-0 up in the five-match series, look for

  • Islamic leaders urge East Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'
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    Islamic leaders urge East Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

    Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened in Istanbul an emergency

  • Weird but cute: Japan's capsule toys play big in Internet age
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    Weird but cute: Japan's capsule toys play big in Internet age

    A tiny replica of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and a plastic cat squatting on sushi: just two of the weird-and-wonderful capsule toys that have become a multi-million-dollar craze in cute-obsessed Japan. The industry is now worth an estimated 30 billion yen ($265 million), with the fastidious attention

  • Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital
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    Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

    Leaders from the the world's main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

  • Philippines' Duterte wins extra year of martial law powers
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    Philippines' Duterte wins extra year of martial law powers

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won martial law powers across the southern third of the country for one more year on Wednesday to combat Islamic militants and leftist rebels, as Congress brushed aside fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte's request to extend martial law in the Mindanao region

  • Motorcycles should not be banned from EDSA – Rep. Fernando
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    Motorcycles should not be banned from EDSA – Rep. Fernando

    MANILA, Philippines — Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and now Marikina First District Representative Bayani Fernando opposed the plan of traffic authorities to ban motorcycles along EDSA. However, the lawmaker noted that the MMDA should consider motorcycles as four-wheeled

  • Malacañang calls on public support for fight against rebellion in Mindanao
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    Malacañang calls on public support for fight against rebellion in Mindanao

    MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang welcomed the immediate approval of Congress to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the declaration of martial law in Mindanao for another year. With this, the palace called on the public to support the government in suppressing rebellion in the southern

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    DOJ indicts alleged Maute-ISIS recruiter for inciting rebellion, cyber crime

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed almost 300 counts of inciting rebellion and cybercrime charges against Karen Aizha Hamidon – an alleged recruiter of Maute-ISIS terror group who was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Taguig City last October. In a

  • US urges talks with North Korea 'without preconditions'
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    US urges talks with North Korea 'without preconditions'

    The United States is ready to talk to North Korea "without preconditions" but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday. China and Russia responded positively to Tillerson's remarks, even after the White House appeared

  • Tour de France winner Froome failed drugs test during Vuelta: UCI
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    Tour de France winner Froome failed drugs test during Vuelta: UCI

    Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome failed a drugs test for asthma medication during the Vuelta race in September, cycling's governing body UCI said on Wednesday. The British Team Sky rider had twice the permitted level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his body. Team Sky said the 32-

  • Critics slam Philippine drug war leader's promotion
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    Critics slam Philippine drug war leader's promotion

    A Philippine police chief who lost his lead role in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war because his officers murdered a South Korean businessman has won a promotion, a move slammed Wednesday by rights campaigners. Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro was demoted in January after officers in his anti-narcotics

  • Q&A: Tillerson changes tune on North Korea
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    Q&A: Tillerson changes tune on North Korea

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may have opened the way to negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear programme, saying Washington was ready to talk "without preconditions". The apparent olive branch -- after a year of mutual threats by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader

  • Aaron Carter: 'I thought I'd be dead at 30'
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    Aaron Carter: 'I thought I'd be dead at 30'

    Aaron Carter has new aspirations after the troubles he went through in 2017.

  • Bon Jovi and Nina Simone lead 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
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    Bon Jovi and Nina Simone lead 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    Rockers Bon Jovi are planning a full reunion for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.