The seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants would allowed the military to declare on Monday the end of the Marawi siege, which hundreds of black flag-waving gunmen launched exactly five months ago. “There are no more militants inside Marawi City.”The siege had sparked fears the Islamic State group would influence, fund and strengthen local militancies as it was losing ground in Syria and Iraq. At least 1,780 of the hostages seized by the militants, including a Roman Catholic priest, were rescued. The two governments have deployed surveillance aircraft and drones to help Filipino troops rout the Marawi militants. Last week, troops killed the final two surviving leaders of the siege, including Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects in the world, and Omarkhayam Maute.
October 23, 2017 03:23 UTC
A letter recovered from the body of a passenger on the Titanic has fetched $166,000 at auction. That's just one day before the ship sank midway through its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Holverson and Astor both died when the ship went down, along with about 1,500 other passengers and crew. In 2014, a letter written by second-class passenger and survivor Esther Hart sold for £119,000 -- also at Henry Aldridge & Son, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia. That's less than the price Holverson's letter went for in pounds.
October 23, 2017 03:22 UTC
North KoreaThe first challenge is, of course, North Korea. From now on, there will be further developments around the North Korea crisis. There is a growing tension and distinct possibility of a military action against North Korea after November. It requires a supermajority, more than two-thirds of members, in both houses of the Diet to propose a Constitutional amendment. The Japanese public is divided on this issue and some media outlets are hostile to the idea of constitutional amendment, so the process could be divisive, time-consuming, and wearing.
October 23, 2017 03:22 UTC
Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte used his final public appearance to issue a warning about the future of the nation. According to The Guardian, Belafonte, 90, said “the country made a mistake” when it elected Donald Trump as president. “I think the next mistake might very well be the gas chamber and what happened to Jews [under] Hitler is not too far from our door,” he was quoted as saying. Belafonte gave a wide-ranging talk at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on Friday about his life, his music and his decades-long fight for social justice.
October 23, 2017 03:22 UTC
The center-left Mrs. Kirchner has said Mr. Macri’s policies would hurt the poor and middle class. Although no party will get an outright majority in the legislature, the strong performance of Mr. Macri’s coalition means it will pick up several seats in both chambers. In the city of Buenos Aires, long Mr. Macri’s stronghold, his coalition’s ticket received more than half the vote. “This victory is a huge recognition and a huge dose of support for the change that President Mauricio Macri is leading,” said the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. This results showed Mr. Macri’s young coalition gaining support across the country, including in some surprising corners that have long been under the sway of Peronism, the dominant force in Argentine politics for decades.
Source:New York Times
October 23, 2017 03:12 UTC
Julie Bishop with Mark Ruffalo at the Sydney premiere of Thor: Ragnarok. Labor has queried $1.2 million in expenses claimed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop including a trip to the Sydney premiere of the latest Thor film and a day at the polo. Labor senator Kimberley Kitching told a Senate committee on Monday the minister had spent the $1.2 million in a "variety of ways", including the polo match and the movie premiere of Thor: Ragnarok. Senator Brandis said Ms Bishop was "one of the most experienced and most respected ministers in the Australian government". "I know her advocating of the Australian film industry was greatly appreciated by the industry and very effective."
October 23, 2017 03:11 UTC
WWE TLC 2017 featured Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose overcoming a star-studded quintet of Raw's top heels and Finn Balor topping AJ Styles in a cross-branded dream match. Here are five things we learned at WWE TLC, the last stop before next month's Survivor Series PPV. Kurt Angle Will Wrestle AgainCredit: WWE.comUnfortunate circumstances forced Angle into the ring at TLC, but after Angle said just a couple of months ago he has yet to take the very strict WWE physical, his inclusion in the TLC main event suggest he passed the physical and is cleared to wrestle. Angle, though protected and limited, delivered a quality performance at TLC that should set the stage for him to wrestle again. Maybe that's what TLC accomplished, with Strowman apparently set to feud with the villainous Kane.
October 23, 2017 03:07 UTC
Justin Timberlake appeared first at the Super Bowl as a member of ‘N Sync. (Amy Harris/Invision/Associated Press)Reports had leaked out last month about Justin Timberlake performing at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, and on Sunday, the NFL provided confirmation. The Memphis-born Timberlake will be featured in February at Super Bowl LII, held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. This will be the third Super Bowl halftime gig for Timberlake, the most for any individual entertainer, including a 2001 performance with ‘N Sync. An NFL spokeswoman for the Super Bowl did not reply to The Washington Post’s request for comment.
October 23, 2017 03:04 UTC
WWE TLC 2017 was supposed to mark The Shield's first victory since 2014, but "medical issues" affecting Roman Reigns delayed his reunion match alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Either way, Reigns' medical issue has officially delayed in the ring return of The Shield, as Reigns was replaced by Raw General Manager Kurt Angle for what would have been The Shield's return match at TLC. While we may never get the match that was originally scheduled for TLC, there will be no shortage of potential feuds for The Shield when Reigns gets back. Here are five dream (yet realistic) feuds that WWE could give The Shield after a surprising turn of events delayed their initial return match. Together, there's no doubt that The Shield and the Usos could make magic, whether it's two members of The Shield vs. both Usos or all three members of The Shield vs.
October 23, 2017 03:00 UTC
Video footage shows hundreds of kids taking over roads from Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point in inner Brisbane and scuffling with police, leading to arrests. Police had to shut down parts of Brisbane CBD in response to the event, which saw hundreds of scooter riders travelling on the wrong side of the road. 🚨LEAKED FOOTAGE🚨 Full video dropping tomorrow on my YouTube channel! #FREEJACK A post shared by YOUTUBER • SCOOTER RIDER (@jackdauth) on Oct 22, 2017 at 12:39am PDTDauth's YouTube channel features videos such as 'Security Guards Fight Scooter Riders!' The Brisbane Times reported that police coordinated with local parents to ensure that they could efficiently pick up their children and take them home.
October 23, 2017 02:48 UTC
nextprevRescue workers have located two more bodies buried by a landslide in a construction site in northern Malaysia, bringing the death toll to 11. Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said the body of a Bangladeshi was retrieved early Monday but rescuers were still trying to bring out the body of a Malaysian trapped deep under the rubble. A hillside crashed down early Saturday at the site where two 49-story condominiums are being built in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination. Three of the 14 workers buried by the landslide survived. The condominium project is now under scrutiny after authorities said it didn't obtain government approval as it was too close to a granite quarry.
October 23, 2017 02:37 UTC
A South Australian man says the screams of his teenage daughter were "spine-chilling" as she was thrown into the air by a great white shark in an attack like something out of Jaws. Sarah Williams, 15, was kayaking with her family off the SA coast near Normanville, south of Adelaide, on Sunday when the shark struck. Her father Chris says he and his son managed to pull her into their small aluminium tinny, dragging her over the back of the four-to-five-metre thrashing white pointer. "The shark has just hit her from underneath the kayak and has launched her and the kayak into the air," Mr Williams told ABC radio on Monday. The teenager said the attack was "everything you picture in the Jaws movie".
October 23, 2017 02:26 UTC
Stocks mostly started the week higher after a banner session on Wall Street Friday and a landslide victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition government in weekend elections. Today's HighlightsU.S. stocks climbed Friday, helping the S&P 500 notch a sixth straight week of advances, after the Senate passed a budget blueprint Thursday that was seen as a key hurdle in revamping the tax code. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.3% as gains in utilities and technology companies offset declines in the banking sector. Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell to 1.628% from 1.659% Friday as German bunds fell to 0.435% from 0.449%, while the euro edged down 0.4% to $1.1737. In Asian trading, the Shenzhen Composite index rose 0.6% while South Korea’s Kospi index was roughly flat after briefly topping 2500 points for the first time ever earlier in the session.
Source:Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2017 02:26 UTC
At long last, the war between Rick and Negan on “The Walking Dead” finally kicked off with the premiere of Season 8, episode one, titled “Mercy.” As always with this series, the stakes have never been higher. With their combined forces behind Alexandria, war was declared on Negan and his Savior's last season. “When I first met him, Jesus said my world was going to get a whole lot bigger,” Rick says. Being of no use to the Saviors or the Hilltop, he’s been left to fend for himself in the battle. The only question now is, will hope be enough to give the good guys a victory in this all out war?
October 23, 2017 02:26 UTC
Justin Timberlake is returning to the Super Bowl stage for the first time since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction." The NFL announced Sunday that Timberlake, 36, is set to perform in Super Bowl LII's halftime show on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. The last time he graced the game's halftime stage was at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Super Bowl LII will air on NBC. He previously appeared at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 with his band *NSYNC.
October 23, 2017 02:15 UTC