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Huge gun-control rallies sweep US

Student-led March For Our Lives events nationwide draw hundreds of thousands of protesters.

People pose with their signs at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018

Mass student-led protests calling for tighter gun control are under way across the United States . The protests - under the banner March For Our Lives - have grown out of a movement calling for change after 17 people were killed by a gunman at a high school in Florida last month. Half a million people are expected to descend on the biggest march in Washington DC . More than 800 sister protests are planned nationwide and abroad. Solidarity marches have taken place in London , Edinburgh , Geneva , Sydney and Tokyo .  Participants want to seize on public outrage in the wake of the 14 February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to convince US politicians to finally take decisive action, including by banning the sale of assault weapons. March For Our Lives: Live updates   In pictures: Marches across the US and worldwide     US and global images   Video Gatherings across the country   US gun culture in 10 charts   Video Why this shooting is different

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China 'will defend its trade interests'

US President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on Chinese goods , raising fears of a trade war.

US President Donald Trump announces tariffs on goods from China at the White House in Washington, 22 March 2018

China warned the US it will defend its interests on trade, Chinese state media says, after US President Donald Trump backed tariffs on Chinese goods. The comments came in a phone call between China 's vice-premier Liu He and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mr Trump has announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $60bn (£42.5bn) of Chinese goods, accusing China of intellectual property theft. The move has rattled markets and stoked fears of a trade war. Mr Liu, who is Chinese President Xi Jinping's top economic adviser, told Mr Mnuchin that Beijing was "ready to defend its national interests" but hoped that "both sides will remain rational and work together," China 's official Xinhua news agency reported. During the telephone conversation, which is thought to be the highest-level contact between the two governments since Mr Trump announced the tariffs on Thursday, Mr Liu also accused the US of violating international trade rules following its investigation into Chinese intellectual property practices.

Catalan ex-leader 'avoids Finnish arrest'

Carles Puigdemont left Finland before a Spanish warrant could be executed, a Finnish MP says.

Carles Puigdemont meets student Paula Dior from Barcelona, in Helsinki, on 23 March

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont left Finland before authorities could act on a Spanish arrest warrant, a Finnish MP says.

Mikko Karna said Mr Puigdemont had confirmed he had arrived in Belgium. The warrant was issued on Friday, a day after Mr Puigdemont arrived in Finland . He was due to leave on Saturday. The ex-leader has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since last October's banned referendum that backed Catalonia 's unilateral secession bid. Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat quoted an official from the National Bureau of Investigation as saying the authorities were unaware of Mr Puigdemont's whereabouts. Tensions in Catalonia are very high and its separatist leaders have abandoned plans to name a new president following the arrest of the latest candidate. Crowds of protesters clashed with police in Catalonia on Friday night after Spain 's Supreme Court ruled 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state.    Video Catalonia clashes    Catalonia's quarrel explained

Most wanted Briton arrested in Bulgaria

 A British man wanted by police for seven years has been arrested in Bulgaria , authorities say. Roy Lawrence Piechocki, 56, has been wanted by Interpol since 2011 for 10 counts of sexually exploiting a minor in the United States . Piechocki, from Hillingdon in west London , was arrested after being found in a rented flat in a block in Veliko Tarnovo, police said. He is now being held in the local police detention centre. The Ministry of Interior said it was the result of a two-month investigation that was a joint effort between local police, the Bulgarian special cybercrime unit and the FBI. Piechocki had fake identity papers and had altered his appearance, police said. Bulgarian police also confiscated three computer devices, which they say contained pornographic images of young children.  

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Car bomb targets Afghan wrestling match

Officials say at least 13 people have been killed in the explosion at Helmand sports stadium.

A suspected suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more in a car bomb attack on a sports stadium in the Afghan province of Helmand . The blast happened at a wrestling match at the Ghazi Muhammad Ayub Khan stadium in the region's capital Lashkar Gah. The car was reportedly driven into a crowd outside the stadium. A police spokesman told AFP that the blast happened by the venue's entrance gate after the match had ended. Photographs from the scene showed badly damaged cars and thick plumes of smoke rising. "The bomber wanted to go inside the stadium but he was identified by the police and he detonated himself," Omar Zwak, spokesman for the Helmand provincial governor, told AFP. Conflicting reports in local media suggest the death toll may be higher than so far confirmed. The Italian NGO Emergency, which provides medical treatment, said on Twitter it had received at least four of those killed.

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'Arms are for hugging,' Montreal students say at march for tighter gun control measures

Young Montreal students are marching through the streets today as part of a larger movement calling for tighter gun control laws in the U.S. and Canada .


Young Montreal students marched through the streets today as part of a larger movement calling for tighter gun control laws in the U.S. and Canada . The Montreal  demonstrations coincided with a larger rally being held in  Washington , D.C. ​​Lexington Vickery, a grade six student at Roslyn elementary school in  Westmount , organized a march that weaved its way through Westmount  this morning. "I feel like today I've made a really big difference," Lexington  told CBC News as the march neared Dawson College , the site of a 2006 mass shooting. The March For Our Lives, an event in Washington , D.C. , was organized by students in the U.S. , who were pushed to act after a shooting at a high school in Parkland , Fla. , killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen others last month. 'Bigger than I expected' In Montreal , Lexington marched alongside children and parents from the English Montreal School Board, which shared news of the event in its monthly newsletter. "I like that almost everyone who came is helping a little bit more to support people who have been affected by the shooting," she said.  March for Our Lives: Students lead massive rallies for gun control   March For Our Lives: Students make their voices heard on gun violence    March for Our Lives: Students lead massive rallies for gun control   11-year-old Montrealer, inspired by Florida shooting survivors, plans gun-control march of her own

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  Crisis-hit Peru swears in new president

He replaces Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned amid corruption and vote-buying allegations.

Martin Vizcarra, a civil engineer and businessman is sworn-in as new Peruvian president, in Lima, Peru, 23 March 2018.

Peru 's Congress has sworn in the Vice-President, Martín Vizcarra, to replace the sitting president who resigned amid allegations of corruption this week. Mr Vizcarra is expected to serve out Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's term, which ends in 2021. Speaking after the ceremony, he said tackling corruption would be a priority for his government. But he also urged all sides to put an end to a politics of confrontation and work together to achieve growth. "This is a new beginning for Peru ," he said. "We need to define clear goals for the country, leaving aside political differences." Mr Vizcarra, 55, said that in a few days he would appoint a completely new cabinet. "I propose a social pact to fight corruption and encourage growth, with social integration", he said.   Who is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski?   Peru country profile

Croatian protest against pro-women treaty

They say the document will open the door to same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

People protest against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Zagreb, Croatia, on Saturday

Thousands of Croatians have rallied in central Zagreb against a European agreement designed to protect women, saying it threatens traditional values.

They object to the Istanbul Convention on the basis that it would legitimise same-sex marriage and improve rights for transgender people. Women's rights groups staged a counter-protest along the route of the march. They pointed out that polls suggest two-thirds of Croatians support the convention. That is despite the rise of the far right - including revisionist views of Nazi rule - since Croatia joined the EU in 2013. Parliament has not yet ratified the convention but it has been approved by the centre-right government - prompting dissent from within its own ranks, conservative groups and the Catholic Church. Speakers at the rally called on Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to resign over his support for the convention. Many express support for combating domestic violence and violence against women but say the treaty's definition of gender is too fluid - opening the way for greater recognition of transsexual or transgender people.  New look to bedtime stories   Croatia bedtime stories feature same-sex families for first time

Iranians 'hack hundreds of universities'

An Iranian company allegedly stole data from 320 universities in the US and 21 other countries.

The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iranian company and 10 individuals for alleged cyber attacks, including on hundreds of universities. The Mabna Institute is accused of stealing 31 terabytes of "valuable intellectual property and data". The justice department said the firm hacked 320 universities around the world, dozens of companies and parts of the US government. Nine of the 10 individuals have been indicted separately for related crimes. The two founders of the Mabna Institute are among those sanctioned and their assets are subject to US seizure, a statement by the US Treasury Department said. "These defendants are now fugitives of justice," US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a news conference. Reuters reported he warned that the individuals may face extradition in more than 100 countries if they travel outside of Iran .   UK think tanks 'hacked by China groups'   US says Romanians hacked police cameras   Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election

India life sentences over 'beef' murder

 The conviction of 11 men for lynching a Muslim meat trader is India 's first "cow vigilante" sentencing.


A court in the northern Indian state of Jharkhand has sentenced 11 men to life in prison for lynching a Muslim meat trader last year.

Alimuddin Ansari, 55, was beaten to death by the men for transporting beef. This is the first time India has convicted anyone for "cow vigilantism", despite a spate of attacks on Muslim meat traders in the last few years. Hindus consider cows sacred and killing them is illegal in several states, including Jharkhand. Incidents of cow vigilantism have become increasingly common in India , but police investigations have often led to acquittals of those accused. Twelve men were arrested over Mr Ansari's murder but the court deferred its decision on the 12th accused, who is reported to be a juvenile. "We had prayed the court for maximum punishment," prosecutor Sushil Kumar Shukla told the Indian Express newspaper. He said that the court did not include the 12th accused in its decision as he was between 16 and 18 years of age. Mr Ansari's son, Shabhan Ansari, said his family was "satisfied" with the verdict, but said they were disappointed that they had not received any compensation from the state government. #NotInMyName: Indians protest against 'beef lynching'    A night patrol with India's cow protection vigilantes   Indians protest against 'beef lynching'    A night patrol with India's cow protection vigilantes

Israeli fined for urinating at Auschwitz

The 19-year-old man was released after being questioned by Polish police for several hours.

An Israeli man has been fined after he was caught urinating on a monument for the victims of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz .

The 19-year-old, who has not been identified, was questioned by Polish police for several hours and released. He reportedly apologised and accepted a $1,500 (£1,060) fine. Polish law says those who desecrate a monument or a public place devoted to a historical event or a person can be punished with a fine or imprisonment. The man urinated on a monument located between the ruins of the two largest crematoria in the former death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland . A museum guide noticed it and called the police. No details have been released. It is estimated that 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz before it was liberated by Soviet forces in 1945. Earlier this year, 12 people who stripped naked in front of the former camp were convicted of profaning the site.   Auschwitz inmate's notes from hell finally revealed   The Holocaust year by year   Who are the missing million?   Auschwitz inmate's notes from hell finally revealed   The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?

Scandal temporarily halts Miss Venezuela

The contest is to close pending an investigation into claims of sexual and financial impropriety.

Winner of the Miss Venezuela 2017 Sthefany Gutierrez with two other contestants on 9 November 2017

The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant is being suspended after allegations of sexual favours and financial corruption emerged online.

Former Miss Venezuela participants have accused other contestants of receiving money from businessmen and government officials in exchange for sexual favours. The competition has announced an internal review into the claims. Social media storm The controversy began after an anti-corruption case against the state oil company was launched and a number of people arrested late last year. Miss Venezuela contestants then came forward and alleged that some women who had taken part in the competition benefited from government corruption. In response to the allegations on social media and in the regional press, the Miss Venezuela organisation said that it would suspend auditions while an investigation determined whether anyone linked to the competition had "been involved in activities that break with the values and ethics of the event".   Casting for Miss Venezuela and Mister Venezuela has now been suspended.   US offers aid to fleeing Venezuelans   Venezuelan town issues own currency

Fight to free final Nigeria kidnap girl

The Nigerian government says it is committed to freeing the last remaining girl kidnapped in Dapchi.

One of the released Dapchi school girls is carried as military and government officials supervise the airlift of the rescued girls at Maiduguri Airport, Nigeria

The Nigerian government says it "will not relent" in its efforts to free the last remaining schoolgirl being held by Boko Haram after a kidnapping in the town of Dapchi last month. The girl was among 110 girls taken from their school when militants stormed the town on 19 February. Most were released on Wednesday but one girl, a Christian who refused to convert to Islam, is still being held. The president said the girl will not be abandoned. "President Muhammadu Buhari is... committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity," a statement said. "The Buhari administration will not relent in efforts to bring [her] safely back home to her parents. The lone Dapchi girl will not be abandoned."  Find out what's happening in Africa   Freed Nigerian girls kidnap ordeal in their own words   Dapchi families' heartbreak and despair   Who are Boko Haram?   Kidnap ordeal in girls' own words   Who are Boko Haram?

Under fire Peru president resigns

What exactly toppled him?

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been implicated in a vote-buying scandal but denies wrongdoing.

Peru 's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal. He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the country's development. Party leaders in Congress later agreed to accept President Kuczynski's resignation. He had been facing an impeachment vote on Thursday. Pressure has been growing after footage emerged of his allies offering opposition politicians financial rewards if they backed him in the vote. Is he gone for good now? Congress still has to vote on whether to accept President Kuczynski's resignation. Lawmakers will meet on Thursday to discuss the issue and are expected to put it to a vote later on Thursday or Friday. Even before the vote-buying allegations emerged, a majority of lawmakers had indicated that they would vote in favour of his impeachment on grounds of him allegedly being "morally unfit" to hold office. It is therefore hard to see how he could survive politically. In fact, members of Congress, especially his most bitter rivals, could still decide to plough ahead with the impeachment regardless of his offer to resign. Who is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski?   Who is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski?   Peru country profile

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Uber halts self-driving tests after death

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona .

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Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe , Arizona . While self-driving cars have been involved in multiple accidents, it is thought to be the first time an autonomous car has been involved in a fatal collision. Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi said the death was "incredibly sad news". "We're thinking of the victim's family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened," he said in a tweet. Police said the accident happened Sunday night while the car was in autonomous mode. A human monitor was also behind the wheel. Police said the woman, Elaine Herzberg, had not been using a pedestrian crossing. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said they were sending teams to Tempe .   Uber changes app following TfL concerns   Uber to report crimes direct to police   Uber plans shake-up of driver ratings

Venezuelan town issues own currency

With banknotes hard to come by due to hyperinflation, the town of Elorza issues its own.

A photo of a 50,000 Elorza bill

Amid an acute national shortage of banknotes, the town of Elorza in western Venezuela has started issuing its own paper currency. Local officials said that the currency would make it easier for residents and visitors to trade during the town's festivities, which start on Monday. They said rampant hyperinflation and a scarcity of bolivares, the national currency, had affected trade in Elorza. The new currency can be bought at the mayor's office via bank transfer. 'Money doesn't flow' The paper bills feature the face of independence hero José Andrés Elorza and, like the town, are named after him. "People don't have bolivares to spend, that's why we have created bills of two denominations... and we've already sold 2bn bolivares worth," mayor Solfreddy Solórzano, from the governing PSUV party, said. Local businessman Canuto García explained that the town came up with the idea after it noticed that at local festivities in nearby cities "money did not flow".   Video Where a coffee costs wads of banknotes   How people live in cash-strapped Venezuela

Asia-Pacific countries in huge trade deal

Eleven countries have signed on, but what does it do and who are the winners and losers?

Eleven Asia-Pacific countries have just signed the trade pact formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Although the US pulled out last year, the deal was salvaged by the remaining members, who signed it at a ceremony in the Chilean city of Santiago . Chilean foreign minister Heraldo Munoz said the agreement was a strong signal "against protectionist pressures, in favour of a world open to trade". The deal covers a market of nearly 500 million people, despite the US pullout. In the absence of the US , it has been renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Extraneous adjectives aside, its supporters say it's hugely significant, and could be a model for future trade deals. What does it do? Its main purpose is to slash trade tariffs between member countries. But it also seeks to reduce so-called non-tariff measures, which create obstacles to trade through regulations. There are chapters which aim to harmonise these regulations, or at least make them transparent and fair.   Video Donald Trump's impact on trade in Asia

US moots exemptions to metal tariffs

US plans to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium face opposition at home and abroad.

Canada and Mexico may be exempt from US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, the White House says.

Other countries too may also see "carve outs" on national security grounds, press secretary Sarah Sanders said. US President Donald Trump has said steel products will face a 25% tariff, with 10% on aluminium goods. But there are fears the plans could spark a trade war, and it reportedly helped lead to the resignation of top economic adviser Gary Cohn. Mr Trump has railed against the US trade deficit, arguing that other countries have been "taking advantage of" the US for decades. "We expect that the president will sign something by the end of the week and there are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries as well based on that process," Ms Sanders told reporters "That would be a case by case and country by country basis but it would be determined, whether or not there is a national security exemption." Peanut butter could be hit      Why Trump is hanging tough on trade

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The Masters of Groove hit the stage!

Casino Montreal & Rosewood Montreal - Shows / Spectacles

Hello there. Well it's certainly been a minute since my last full band shows, but after much preparation, rehearsing, experimenting, creating, wining and dining (ok these last two activities had nothing to do with music), my 6-piece band The Masters of Groove are BACK by popular demand and we're hitting the stage in a BIG WAY. Come on out, cuz this doesn't happen often enough!  Featuring myself on vocals and piano, Jonathan Rosner on guitar, Drey Sax on sax, Kepler Jean Baptiste on keys, Ben Comeau on bass and Leslie "Snooksta" Alston on the voice and drums!  Here's what's coming up THIS WEEK, see you there! Casino of Montreal, Thur Mar 8, 8pm-12am , 1st floor Main Stage, Bar Le Valet, FREE SHOW (and free parking!) Rosewood Montreal (60 St Jacques W.), Sat Mar 10, 9pm-12am , FREE SHOW. For dinner reservations, call (514) 843-8585 

Black Panther takes $1bn at box office

Analysts say the superhero film, which has a predominantly black cast, is a watershed moment.

Marvel's superhero film Black Panther has taken more than a billion US dollars (£794m) at cinemas worldwide.

It is the fifth movie based in Disney's Marvel Universe to hit the milestone. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as the crime-fighting ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya play key roles, with The Hobbit star Martin Freeman as CIA agent Everett Ross. The film has been widely praised as game-changing - including by Michelle Obama - for having a largely black cast and a black director, Ryan Coogler. Box office analyst Jeff Bock told the New York Times: "I think about it like a wall crumbling. In terms of Black Panther, no studio can say again, 'Oh, black movies don't travel, overseas interest will be minimal.'"   Video How to speak like Black Panther    'Why black people like me are refusing to be sub-plots

Frances McDormand's Oscar is stolen

A man is arrested for grand theft for taking Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar.

Frances McDormand and Oscar

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar after the awards ceremony on Sunday. Los Angeles Police have confirmed Terry Bryant was arrested for grand theft, after the statuette went missing from the Governor's Ball. The 47-year old was booked and has had bail set at $20,000 (£14,400). He will attend court at a future date. The statue has since been returned to the best actress winner. A representative for the actress told USA Today: "Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together". LAPD said Bryant was a ticket holder for the Governor's Ball, which is the official formal dinner after the ceremony. McDormand had already had her name engraved on the statue at the ball before it went missing. The actress was celebrating her win of the award for best actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri .   Shape of Water and McDormand rule Oscars   The 11 BEST moments from Oscars night   When one Oscar dress is just not enough    Why's everyone talking about this outfit?   When one Oscar dress is just not enough

Streep slams 'pathetic' Weinstein lawyers

The women's lawsuit describes Weinstein as a predator and accuses him of widespread sexual misconduct.

Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have condemned Harvey Weinstein's lawyers for using their names in his defence against a legal action. Six women are bringing a class action lawsuit against the disgraced producer. His lawyers want it dismissed because it is too broad, arguing that actresses such as Streep haven't accused him. But Streep said the way they used the fact he didn't abuse her "as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitative". And Lawrence said he and his company were trying to "take things out of context and use them for their own benefit". The six women are suing Weinstein and the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise", which they say includes his brother Bob and their film studio The Weinstein Company. Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Saudis announce $64bn entertainment fund

Saudi Arabia says it will invest $64bn (£46bn) in developing its entertainment industry over the next decade.

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The head of the General Entertainment Authority said 5,000 events were planned this year alone, including those by Maroon 5 and Cirque du Soleil. Construction of the country's first opera house has also begun in Riyadh . The investment is part of a social and economic reform programme, known as Vision 2030, unveiled two years ago Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The 32 year old wants to diversify the economy and reduce the kingdom's reliance on oil, including by increasing household spending on culture and entertainment.  In December, the government lifted a ban on commercial cinemas.   Is Saudi Arabia on the cusp of change?   Saudis plan to build $500bn mega city   Profile: Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Trial lawyer seeks halt to Eastwood film

She says her client, accused of a foiled terrorist train attack in France , will not get a fair trial.

Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Clint Eastwood and Spencer Stone at California premiere Feb 5

A lawyer representing a man accused of a foiled French terror attack has spoken out against a film by Clint Eastwood depicting the incident. The film - The 15:17 to Paris - is based on events on board a Thalys express train when a gunman tried to attack passengers in August 2015. The film, starring the men who stopped the attacker, opened on Wednesday. A lawyer for suspect Ayoub El-Khazzani has asked for showings to be suspended while a judge reviews evidence. Sarah Mauger-Poliak said the film was a violation of her client's rights because it presents a "fictionalised" and "one-sided" view to the public as fact. "I am aware that my client is not an angel but let justice do its work," she said. Mr Khazzani, from Morocco , was found with a range of weapons including a Kalashnikov assault rifle on board the Amsterdam-to-Paris train. He is alleged to have links to radical Islam.   Clint Eastwood casts actual heroes in film    Suspect profile: Ayoub El-Khazzani

Uma Thurman breaks silence on Weinstein

Actress Uma Thurman has detailed long hinted-at allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Uma Thurman in June 2017, photographed in front of a wall of white roses

In a New York Times article, she says Weinstein pushed her down and "tried to expose himself" at the producer's hotel room in London during the 1990s, before she managed to "wriggle away". Harvey Weinstein's spokeswoman said the claims about an assault "are untrue". The 47-year-old star also said she was forced into sex as a teenager by an unnamed actor 20 years older than her. Thurman had expressed anger at Weinstein last November, saying: "I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet."   UK police look into more Weinstein claims

Lady Gaga halts world tour in 'severe pain'

The singer, who has fibromyalgia, says she is "devastated" but needed to put herself first.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has cancelled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour due to "severe pain". In a statement posted on Twitter, the pop star apologised to fans and said she was "devastated", but needed to put "myself and my well-being" first. The Grammy award-winning singer has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which can cause pain all over the body. Shows in London and Manchester are among those affected. In the statement, it said the "tough decision" had been made on Friday night with "strong support from her medical team". Ticket holders can apply for a refund from 6 February, the statement added.

Bruno Mars grabs all the Grammys

Bruno Mars dominates the Grammy Awards - but female artists are hard to find in the winners' list.

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar stole the show, and most of the awards, at the 2018 Grammys.

Mars provided the night's big upset, taking the album of the year trophy that most critics assumed would go to Lamar's rap tour de force, Damn. In the end, voters found Mars's crowd-pleasing R&B more palatable, while Lamar dominated the rap categories. Alessia Cara won best new artist - making her the only female artist to win a major prize. Stars like Lady Gaga, Kesha, Lorde and SZA were overlooked, with only 17 awards (out of a total of 86) going to women or female-fronted bands.    Fire and Fury over Clinton Grammy cameo   Grammys: The photos you need to see

Dolores O'Riordan inquest awaits 'tests'

A coroner is waiting for the results of medical tests following the Cranberries singer's death.


The inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been adjourned while the coroner awaits the results of "various tests". The inquest, at Westminster Coroner's Court, has been adjourned until 3 April. The singer died suddenly on 16 January aged 46. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick , led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed earlier this week that the death was not being treated as suspicious. The parish priest from her home town Friarstown, in Limerick , said her funeral would take place in Ireland . "The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released," he said. The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

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 Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Scientists move nearer to one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.


Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.

A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was "enormously exciting". However, one said more work was needed to assess the test's effectiveness at detecting early-stage cancers. Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA and proteins they make into the bloodstream. The CancerSEEK test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in cancer and eight proteins that are often released. It was trialled on 1,005 patients with cancers in the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung or breast that had not yet spread to other tissues. Overall, the test found 70% of the cancers. Dr Cristian Tomasetti, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the BBC: "This field of early detection is critical. "I think this can have an enormous impact on cancer mortality."  'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early       Test spots cancer a year early   Prostate test 'targets treatment'      Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer

Prostate cancer cells

Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival". But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib. This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.  Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust said the test could help target treatment better and also reduce its side effects.  They used it to identify men who were not responding to the treatment in four to eight weeks and also to pick up signs that the cancer was evolving and becoming resistant to the drugs. 'Major impact'  Prof Johann de Bono, consultant medical oncologist at the two organisations, said: "From these findings, we were able to develop a powerful, three-in-one test that could in future be used to help doctors select treatment, check whether it is working and monitor the cancer in the longer term.

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Salmonella baby milk 'affects 83 countries'

The boss of French firm Lactalis says up to 12 million boxes of formula are now subject to a recall.

More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory. Lawsuits have been filed by parents who say their children became unwell after drinking the formula. A spokesman told the BBC that all the countries affected had been informed, in Europe , Asia , Latin America and Africa . The UK , US and Australia were not affected, he added. The Lactalis group is one of the world's largest producers of dairy products, with annual sales of €17bn ($21bn; £15bn), It has 246 production sites in 47 countries and employs 15,000 people in France alone.

  Gaza conjoined twins survive separation

Baby girls Farah and Haneen, joined at the abdomen, are separated after surgery in Saudi Arabia .

Palestinian conjoined twins lie in an incubator at the nursery of the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (02 October 2017)

A life-saving operation to separate a pair of Palestinian conjoined twins from Gaza has been successful, doctors say. The baby girls, named as Farah and Haneen, underwent surgery at King Abdullah Children's Hospital in Riyadh . They shared a leg but had separate hearts and lungs. The girls were flown to Saudi Arabia with their father after doctors warned their lives would be at risk if they remained in the Gaza StipLiving a conjoined life  The girls, who were born in October, were joined at the abdomen and lower body.  Doctors announced that the surgery had been a success in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.  The agency said the operation required separating the intestine, liver and pelvic wall, and involved nine stages.   Living a conjoined life

India separated twin 'opens eyes'

 A team of 30 doctors carried out the operation - One of the twin boys who were conjoined at the head has opened his eyes four days after a historic surgery to separate them in India , a doctor says. Two-year-old Jaga has also responded to simple commands, including moving his limbs. He is on a ventilator and needs daily dialysis due to kidney problems. His brother, Kalia, is not yet conscious and has suffered seizures. The boys were born with shared blood vessels and brain tissues and a 16-hour surgery separated them.   A team of 30 doctors carried out the operation - the first of its kind in India - at a state-run hospital in the capital, Delhi . Both boys are stable and doctors are satisfied with their progress so far, Professor Deepak Gupta, who was involved in the operation, told the BBC.

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Los Angeles, CA, December 11, 2017 ― This New Year's Eve, Dr. Levi Harrison is hoping that people everywhere will resolve to make 2018 their healthiest year yet by incorporating fitness into their daily lives in a way that is both effective and sustainable. True fitness is about much more than a gym membership, Dr. Levi emphasizes. It's about adopting a lifestyle that balances mind, body, soul and spirit. Dr. Levi is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and shoulder injuries. He is passionate about overall health and fitness and has developed a multi-faceted, multi-media approach to sharing his healthy lifestyle strategies. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST on the Dr. Levi Show (available on YouTube, iTunes and iHeart Radio), Dr. Levi addresses emotional and spiritual aspects of wellness during interviews with a variety of motivational and inspirational guests. And his YouTube channel, @DrLeviharrison, is chock-full of videos demonstrating innovative stretches, strengthening and rehabilitative techniques for repetitive stress and sports injuries. His first book, The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement, is an encyclopedia of core-stabilizing and body-building exercises, with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs. The DVD, The Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout, is a great accompaniment to the book. The DVD demonstrates aerobic, core and abdominal exercises that can elevate and improve any fitness level, with a bonus workout, Perfect Abs, for those who want additional abdominal work. Dr. Levi also provides ESPORTS coaching, motivational speaking and nutritional counseling. Dr. Levi Harrison earned his medical degree at The University of California at Davis School of Medicine and completed his fellowship at the internationally renowned Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis . His practice in Los Angeles is a center of excellence for sports-related upper extremity and shoulder injuries as well as hand rehabilitation. He has appeared as a medical authority on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Fox TV, Studio 11 LA and the KTLA Morning News. Dr. Levi has also been featured in multiple gaming communities, including Yahoo Games, Kotaku, Geek & Sundry, Vice's Motherboard, Machinima, IGN, XM Radio and countless others for his groundbreaking work in preventing repetitive stress injury in the competitive ESPORTS community. For videos and more information about Dr. Levi, please visit The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement Publisher: Brio Press  ISBN-10: 1937061825  ISBN-13: 978-1937061821 Available from Available from 12.13.17

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Montreal is The Best City In The World ?

It's known as La Main - "The Main" - and it's the lifeblood of Montreal . For the past three centuries this sweeping avenue, Boulevard St Laurent, has shaped the character of a city in the heart of French-speaking Canada . La Main was once the symbolic dividing line between the city's French and English speaking communities, with the boulevard a soft buffer attracting and absorbing waves of new immigrants. Today, it celebrates a cosmopolitan city with its array of little villages, from the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter, to Little Italy and Portugal , along with strong remnants of an historic Jewish quarter.

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What the Indians are trying to say, The French came as visitors and now they want the country for themselves?”  So they say "over my dead body" before Quebec becomes a republic. After all, they already killed millions of us since they arrived here. This is not a provocation but just letting them know we are still around and Quebec Nation is not going to happen as long as there are still Indians around. Please send your comments to the editor... MP Maxime Bernier defends language-law quip - Quebecers don't need Bill 101, "Not by imposing [French] and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives."   Quebec militia leader faces death-threat charges Patriotic Militia of Quebec's website   Que. militia worries separatists   Death threats target Quebec English rights group    Letters threaten FLQ attacks in Montreal  Oops! Parti Quebecois are falling apart


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The tour was to only last one hour. While the other educator and I waited for their arrival we decided we would not visit the Canadian galleries, since they were in another pavilion at the other end of the museum. We would choose the European Art collection to save time. They arrived twenty minutes late. My group had three mothers with eight children between the ages of two months and nine years old. Two Muslim mothers dressed in hijab and long over-... Quickly it was decided, even though time was limited, that we had to go visit the Canadian galleries. We showed the paintings, sculptures and objects from the Inuit, First Nations along with the first settlers from France and England . The children were mesmerized, listening to the legends and stories of the Canadian people. The mothers asked many insightful questions. As we toured from one gallery to the next, the mother from Benin began unapologetically to nurse her son. She didn’t ask for help or lag behind. She did what came naturally and continued to be an active participant. And the two other mothers? They held the infant’s head as she went to adjust her top and looked after her other child. Mothers from different parts of the world, nurturing, protecting and caring for one another. I witnessed the actions of a community. Being an Art Educator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts affords me the opportunity to meet and interact with many people from all walks of life. I am very fortunate to live in a country where all people have equal rights and are valued for their uniqueness. Ennutsiak Nunavik 1896 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1967 Untitled (Birth Scene with Midwives) By Deirdre Potash, 2779 Honore Mercier Vaudreuil-Dorion Quebec J7V 8P5 (514) 999-8581

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The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  


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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

Poland buys the Czartoryski collection of about 86,000 artefacts for about 5% of its market value.

a woman posing for pictures beside a painting entitled "Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani" (The Lady with an Ermine) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, London

The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.

The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland 's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802. Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation". "I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said. The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and books. Most of the artworks are housed in the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow . All are now the property of the Polish state.  Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882     Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 - 1885

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials. The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum. They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, Italian reports said. Image copyrightVAN GOGH MUSEUMImage captionVan Gogh's father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums. The thieves broke into the museum through the roof during the night of 6-7 December 2002 and used sledgehammers to break a first-floor window. 

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Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

Two women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin on display in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 06 February 2015  

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, sells in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m).

Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's striking canvas is dominated by the red of the poppies

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, has sold in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies exceeded its estimate of up to $50m (£31.3m) at the Sotheby's auction. A 1951 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti fetched more than $100m (£62.7m), but fell just short of the record $104.3m (£65.3m) for the artist. A sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani set a new benchmark for his work. Tete, an elongated head created in 1911-12 from a block of limestone scavenged from a Paris building site, was sold for more than $70m (£44.2m). Van Gogh's painting was created at the French home of his doctor just months before his death in 1890 and was one of the few works he sold during his lifetime. But it fell far short of the auction record for a piece by the Dutch artist, which stands at $82.5m (£51.6m). Sotheby's said the painting was bought by a private bidder from Asia . Portrait of Dr Gachet - the physician whose flowers he captured in this latest work to sell - went under the hammer for a record in 1990.

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A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt is recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. - The painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999. Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency. Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day. The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said. They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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Monet and Picasso among art theft

Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam . Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on Tuesday morning. The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge , Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.  Monet water lilies sells for $43 million    Monet artwork bequeathed by reclusive heiress  "Madame Leon Clapisson": The visualization (right) is produced using advanced image processing software - Conservation scientists in Chicago produce a stunning visualization of how they think a Renoir painting might have looked before its colors faded. Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think a Renoir could have looked before its colors faded. The picture of Madame Valentine Clapisson was painted by the great French Impressionist more than 130 years ago. The original's impact has been degraded and dulled by the action of light. But by using the latest analytical tools, conservators have been able to recover a sense of Renoir's rich reds."When we first brought this picture into the conservation studio for examination and removed the frame, we noticed that at the top and at the left-hand side there was a sliver of very intense colour," recalls Dr Francesca Casadio from The Art Institute of Chicago. "This tipped us off to the fact that the mood of this painting that is now pretty cool and restrained with light purples and blues was once far more vibrant," she told BBC News.

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