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Trump hails fall of IS 'caliphate'

The Islamic State group remains a threat despite the fall of its final territory, President Trump says.

US President Donald Trump welcomed the fall of the Islamic State group's five-year "caliphate", but warned that the terror group remained a threat. Mr Trump's remarks came after Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised victory flags in the Syrian town of Baghuz, IS's last stronghold. He said the US would "remain vigilant until [IS] is finally defeated". Despite losing territory in Syria and Iraq , IS remains active in countries from Nigeria to the Philippines . At its height, the group controlled 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) across Syria and Iraq . After five years of fierce battle, though, local forces backed by world powers left IS with all but a few hundred square metres near Syria 's border with Iraq . On Saturday, the long-awaited announcement came from the SDF that it had seized that last IS territory. Western leaders hailed the announcement but emphasised that IS was still a danger. "We will remain vigilant... until it is finally defeated wherever it operates," Mr Trump said in a statement. French President Emmanuel Macron said "the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue".   After the caliphate: Has IS been defeated?   Islamic State women defiant in face of lost caliphate   Tales from inside the chaos left by IS   From the section Middle East    Video Why this is not the end of Islamic State    Video Celebrations mark defeat of IS   Video Witnessing the IS exodus   Full article Trump hails fall of IS 'caliphate'     

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US Congress awaits Mueller report findings

The Attorney General is expected to submit key conclusions from the report on Sunday.

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US congressional leaders are awaiting conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia , with early findings expected Sunday. The long-awaited report was submitted on Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who spent Saturday at the justice department poring over the document. The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller. A justice department official said it did not call for new charges. In the course of their investigation, Mr Mueller and his team have already charged 34 people - including six former Trump aides and a dozen Russians - as well as three companies. None of those charges directly related to the allegations of collusion between the campaign and Moscow - allegations that President Trump has always denied. Mr Mueller reportedly also examined another question: whether Mr Trump committed obstruction of justice in an effort to curtail an FBI investigation into connections between his campaign and Russians. It is not yet known how much of the report - if any - will be made available to the public. Mr Barr will decide initially how much information to share with Congress. Mr Barr, who was appointed by Mr Trump, told congressional leaders on Friday that he was "committed to as much transparency as possible."    What might 'Mueller report' look like?   Trump Russia: The saga in 250 words  Who's who in the drama to end all dramas?     From the section US & Canada   What might Mueller report look like?   Full article US Congress awaits Mueller report findings

Huge fossil discovery made in China

The fossils found on a river bed in eastern China are estimated to be about 518 million years old. Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China . The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings "mind-blowing" - especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species. The fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been analysed so far, including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones and algae.   From the section China    China fossil tells new supercontinent story   Does Jurassic Park make scientific sense?   Full article Huge fossil discovery made in China

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Passengers airlifted from Norway cruise ship

Hundreds are being airlifted from the cruise ship, which suffered engine problems in choppy seas.

Rescuers are working to airlift 1,300 people stranded on a cruise ship off the west coast of Norway . The Viking Sky lost power on Saturday and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land. It got into trouble in a notoriously difficult stretch of waters and was reportedly minutes from striking rocks. The vessel has since restarted three of its four engines and is moving towards the nearest port with the assistance of tugboats. So far, more than 300 passengers have been rescued. Most of those on board are said to be British or US citizens. "During the night, the sea was very rough. The boat rolled and rolled. And then we went to breakfast. And then we were going for the afternoon film show, and then the lights suddenly went out," said Derek Browne, from southern England , who was on board with his wife Esther. "We were airlifted on the helicopter, which was quite a frightening experience."   From the section Europe   Video Airlift rescue of cruise ship passengers   Full article Passengers airlifted from Norway cruise ship

Death toll soars in China chemical blast

A chemical factory blast in eastern China killed 47 people and badly injured 90, state media says.

Overhead view of the Tianjiayi Chemical plant on fire with smoke billowing

The death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has jumped to 47, with 90 badly injured, according to state news agency Xinhua. The powerful explosion followed a fire at the factory which produces fertiliser. China 's earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the blast. The death toll makes it one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years. The blast happened at about 14:50 local time ( 06:50 GMT ) on Thursday at a plant in Yancheng, run by Tianjiayi Chemical. According to Xinhua, a total of 640 people were sent to hospital. Many were in critical condition and dozens had severe injuries, the agency reports. Images of the site showed a fireball exploding, billowing clouds enveloping the area, injured people, and damage to buildings. The blast was so powerful that it knocked down factory buildings some distance away, trapping workers, according to local media. Staff at the Henglida Chemical Factory, 3km (1.8 miles) from the explosion, said its roof collapsed as they fled, and windows and doors were blown out. Provincial authorities said firefighters had to be brought in from across the province. The fire was brought under control at around 03:00 local time on Friday, state TV said.  From the section China   Video Fires rage at China chemical plant   Video Billowing smoke from blast   Full article Death toll soars in China chemical blast

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Man charged with attempted murder in Saint Joseph's Oratory attack

Vlad Cristian Eremia, 26, appearing by video link in Montreal court, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon in connection with the Friday stabbing of Father Claude Grou at Saint Joseph's Oratory.

Vlad Cristian Eremia, suspected of stabbing a priest at Saint Joseph 's Oratory, was arrested on Friday.(Submitted by Jean-François Lefebvre)

A man was charged in Montreal court this afternoon in connection with the stabbing of a priest during a mass at Saint Joseph 's Oratory Friday morning. Montreal resident Vlad Cristian Eremia, 26, appeared by video link and was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. Prosecutors asked that Eremia receive a psychosocial evaluation before his bail hearing, currently scheduled for Monday, and that he remain in custody at least until then. Prosecutor Geneviève Bélanger said they requested the psychosocial evaluation to get a sense of the suspect's mental state. The priest, Father Claude Grou, suffered minor injuries and has been released from hospital. In an updated statement released Saturday afternoon, Grou said he bears "no resentment" against the accused. "I hope he has all the support he needs and that he finds peace. I am convinced that he had no personal animosity towards me but that he acted according to his own convictions," said Grou.

Heads up: Northern lights could be visible this weekend

Sunspot unleashes solar flare followed by stream of particles which could bring out northern lights Saturday

The northern lights could put on a display this weekend. (Nicole Mortillaro)  

By Nicole Mortillaro · CBC News ·  A spot on the sun released an explosion that is on its way to Earth and could give us a good chance of catching the northern lights on Saturday. The sun has certainly been quiet lately: in February it went an entire month without even a single sunspot. However, on March 17, a tiny, dark spot appeared on the sun's surface. A few days later, another sunspot appeared that eventually produced a solar flare.  As is quite common, the flare was followed by a coronal mass ejection (CME) — a blast of charged particles from the sun that travel along the solar wind. Our magnetic field protects us from these charged particles, but every so often a powerful, fast-moving CME will snap back the magnetic field lines, allowing the particles to funnel down into the poles where they interact with various molecules. And we see this as the brilliant northern lights. Solar flares are measured on a scale of intensity: C-class, M-class, and the most powerful, X-class. The flare that erupted from the sunspot was a C-class flare, so not particularly intense. However, the following CME seems Earth-directed and ready to impact us sometimes on March 23.  

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Nirav Modi, whose jewellery was worn by Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, is accused of defrauding an Indian bank.

A billionaire Indian diamond trader, whose jewellery was worn by the likes of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, has been arrested in the UK .

Nirav Modi is wanted for his alleged role in India 's largest ever bank fraud, totalling some $2bn (£1.5bn). He left the country in early 2018, and has not returned to India since. Mr Modi, 48, was arrested in central London on Tuesday, and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. Police said the arrest had been made on behalf of Indian authorities, who have asked for his extradition. Mr Modi's case was thrust back into the limelight after a British newspaper found him living in an £8m ($10.5m) London flat. The Telegraph questioned him near the Oxford Street apartment in early March 2019. It is thought Mr Modi - who disappeared in February 2018 - had reportedly been in the British capital since at least June. Within days, officials confirmed that UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid had certified India 's extradition request, initially made last August. He is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court , which issued a warrant for Mr Modi's arrest this week. The arrest comes at an interesting time in India , where people will start voting for their new MPs in the next few weeks. A successful extradition could boost the ruling BJP's standing in the polls.   From the section India   Who is billionaire jeweller in fraud probe?   Full article Billionaire celebrity jeweller held in UK     Who is India's scandal-linked billionaire?

Economic protests test Hamas's grip on Gaza

The Palestinian territory has seen several days of rare protests against the militant group

  Screen grab from Facebook video shows fire in the streets of Gaza Strip

In Gaza , it is no surprise to hear complaints about the terrible living conditions - after all, the World Bank describes a local economy in "free fall" with 70% unemployment among young people. However, what has been extraordinary in recent days is that large crowds of Palestinians have been turning out on the streets to voice their frustration and even criticise Hamas - the militant Islamist group which rules the strip with an iron fist. Messages by the 14th March Movement - which has the slogan "We want to live" - began to appear on social media last week. "It's a peaceful, popular youth movement," says Moumen al-Natour, one of the organisers, in his Facebook message. "We're not political and we don't want to change political systems. We just want to get our rights." "We want jobs, we want to live. We want equality, dignity and freedom," he adds. From the section Middle East    Life in the Gaza Strip    Who are Hamas?    Full article Economic protests test Hamas's grip on Gaza

Huawei sues US government over product ban

Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over a ban that restricts federal agencies from using its products. It said the US failed to provide evidence to support the ban, and the firm also rejected claims it had links to the Chinese government. The US has restricted the use of Huawei products over national security concerns. It has also been lobbying allies to shun the Chinese telecoms firm. Huawei is one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers. The lawsuit is part of a wider push by the company in recent months to challenge claims its products pose security risks. "The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort," Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping said in a statement.   The storm over Huawei   The US cannot crush us, says Huawei boss   Should we worry about Huawei?  Timeline: What's going on with Huawei?    From the section Business   The storm over Huawei   'The US cannot crush us'   How Huawei story unfolded   Should we worry about Huawei?   Full article Huawei sues US government over product ban  

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou sues Canada

The chief financial officer of China 's tech giant Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at the request of the US . Meng Wanzhou was held in December at Vancouver airport on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran . On Friday Ms Meng filed a civil claim against Canada 's government, border agency and police for "serious breaches" of her civil rights. It came on the same day that Canada officially launched Meng Wanzhou's extradition process to the US . She will next appear in court on 6 March, when it will be confirmed that Canada has issued a legal writ over her extradition to the US and the date for an extradition hearing will be set. China has attacked Ms Meng's arrest and the extradition process as a "political incident". She denies all the charges against her. What does the lawsuit say? The claim - filed in British Columbia 's Supreme Court on Friday - seeks damages against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the federal government for allegedly breaching her civil rights. Ms Meng says CBSA officers held, searched and questioned her at the airport under false pretences before she was arrested by the RCMP.    From the section US & Canada   Huawei chief's extradition process begins   Should we worry about Huawei?   Full article Huawei's Meng Wanzhou sues Canada

Five things about the EU-Japan trade deal

Cheaper wine and cheese for Japan , cheaper cars for the EU - part of what the EU-Japan trade deal, now in force, means. The world's biggest such deal, it covers nearly a third of global GDP and 635 million people. However there are warnings that the UK could lose its benefits if it leaves the EU without an agreement. It comes as a trade war rages between the US and China , who have slapped tariffs on each others' products. The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker said the pact, which took years to agree, was about "values and principles". Here are five things about the deal: 1) Services as well as Sancerre and Suzukis The deal's headline is about scrapping duties on 97% and 99% of Japanese and European imports respectively. Dairy and other food products are among the EU's biggest exports to Japan and the progressive reduction of nearly €1bn ($1.1bn; £0.9bn) of tariffs - nearly 40% on beef, up to 30% on chocolate, 15% on wine and up to 40% on cheese - could boost exports and create jobs   From the section Europe    Video What's going on with China's economy?   US-China trade war in 300 words   A whole new world for free trade?   Full article Five things about the EU-Japan trade deal

Superhospital deserves millions in criminal's bank account, says MUHC lawyer

MUHC lawyer Alexander De Zordo asked Superior Court Justice Claude Leblond to award the $6-million frozen in Yanaï Elbaz's bank account to the hospital to cover a portion of its losses. Yanai Elbaz, front, and his brother Yohann Elbaz, left, arrive for their fraud trial at the courthouse in relation to the MUHC hospital Monday. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)   Montreal 's English-language superhospital was the victim of the greatest corruption fraud in Canadian history, and one of the key players shouldn't benefit from the millions of dollars he has in the bank, the lawyer for the McGill University Health Centre said Wednesday. MUHC lawyer Alexander De Zordo asked Superior Court Justice Claude Leblond to award the $6 million frozen in Yanaï Elbaz's bank account to the hospital to cover a portion of its losses. Elbaz pleaded guilty Monday to accepting a $10-million bribe in return for helping engineering firm SNC-Lavalin win the contract to build what was to be a jewel of the anglophone community. The Crown and defence made a joint suggestion to Leblond that Elbaz serve 39 months in prison, but they did not agree on whether he should pay compensation. Before ruling on a sentence, Leblond must decide whether the hospital's losses are easily quantifiable or whether a civil trial is needed to sort it all out — a process that could take years and more public money to settle. The Crown and defence made a joint suggestion to Leblond that Elbaz serve 39 months in prison, but they did not agree on whether he should pay compensation. Before ruling on a sentence, Leblond must decide whether the hospital's losses are easily quantifiable or whether a civil trial is needed to sort it all out — a process that could take years and more public money to settle. $22.5M in bribes to Elbaz and Porter  The massive hospital complex is operating in west-end Montreal , but its construction became a symbol of the corruption that plagued Quebec 's construction industry. De Zordo filed in court transcripts from Quebec 's Charbonneau inquiry into corruption, in which an investigator discussed the probe into the MUHC. Officer Jean-Frederick Gagnon told the inquiry in 2014 that operation Laureat was an investigation into "the biggest corruption fraud in Canadian history."    Arthur Porter's right-hand man pleads guilty to multiple charges in MUHC fraud case    Former SNC-Lavalin VP pleads guilty in MUHC corruption trial

 US jails Venezuelan paid $1bn in bribes

Alejandro Andrade, head of Venezuela 's treasury under President Chávez, receives a 10-year sentence. A court in the United States has sentenced the former head of Venezuela 's treasury, Alejandro Andrade, to 10 years in prison for money laundering. Andrade, 54, had pleaded guilty to taking $1bn in bribes in exchange for offering access to preferential foreign currency exchange rates. He has been living in Florida , where he owned jets, mansions, 17 show-jumping horses and a fleet of luxury vehicles. He will be jailed on 25 February. His sentencing comes as Venezuela is in a crushing financial crisis which has led to three million Venezuelans leaving the country, according to figures released by he United Nation's Migration Agency.

Brexit talks hit 'real problem' over border

The UK and EU fail to resolve the Irish border issue ahead of Wednesday's crucial summit.  rexit negotiations have hit a "real problem" over the issue of the Irish border, government sources have warned. Ahead of a key summit, the EU is believed to be seeking further reassurances to prevent a so-called hard border involving physical checks. Hopes of a breakthrough were raised when the Brexit secretary made an unscheduled trip to Brussels on Sunday. But talks faltered over the need for a back-up plan - known as the backstop - to avoid a hard border. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted any backstop arrangement should apply to the UK as a whole to avoid creating a new border in the Irish Sea .     Is the PM out of moves on Brexit?   Brexit: All you need to know   Q&A: Irish border Brexit backstop  

European stocks join global sell-off

The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017. European stocks were sharply down in morning trade after concerns about a trade war and higher US bond yields stoked global investor concerns.  In London , the FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares was down more than 1.7% at 7,020. Markets in Asia had plunged to a 19-month low after US shares suffered their worst losses in eight months. The global sell-off came as IMF head Christine Lagarde said stock market valuations have been "extremely high". In Paris , the Cac 40 share index was down 1.6% at 5,122 points, while in Frankfurt the Dax index fell nearly 1.5%. The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017.

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Lena Dunham 'sorry' for defending writer

The Girls star says speaking up for Murray Miller out of "blind faith" was "a terrible mistake".

TV actress and writer Lena Dunham has said publicly defending a writer on her show Girls after he was accused of rape was "a terrible mistake".

Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Dunham apologised for speaking up for Murray Miller out of "blind faith". She originally spoke about it last November after Miller was accused of assaulting an actress when she was 17. Miller has always denied the "outrageous" allegations, and in August prosecutors decided not to charge him. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office didn't pursue a prosecution because of the expiry of the statute of limitations and "inconsistencies and the delay in reporting", The Wrap reported in August. Dunham, writing as guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Hollywood edition, explained why she originally said she had "insider knowledge" that made her believe the accusation was false. "When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defence," she wrote. "There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life. I didn't have the 'insider information' I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all." She added: "It's painful to realise that, while I thought I was self-aware, I had actually internalised the dominant male agenda that asks us to defend it no matter what, protect it no matter what, baby it no matter what." Dunham sorry for comment on accused writer

Chopra and Jonas marry in India

The Bollywood superstar and the US singer got engaged earlier this year.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have married in a Christian ceremony at a royal palace in India .

The Bollywood superstar and the Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, wed before family and friends in Jodhpur 's Umaid Bhavan Palace . People magazine said the ceremony was officiated by Jonas's father Paul Kevin Jonas. The couple will have a traditional Hindu ceremony on Sunday. Jonas and Chopra became engaged four months ago after dating for a year. They both confirmed the wedding had taken place on their respective social media accounts. They said "one of the special things" about their relationship was the merging of their families, faiths and cultures "and so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing". Acting and singing successes   Jonas, 26, and Chopra, 36, are believed to have first started dating around the time of the Met Gala in May 2017. They got engaged in London just over a year later.  Chopra won the Miss World pageant in 2000 and went on to make more than 50 films in India , becoming one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses.  Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra and 6 other whirlwind A-list romances 

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No alcohol safe to drink, study confirms

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits.

Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day.

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections. A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered. How risky is moderate drinking? The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK , between 1990 and 2016. Analysing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day. They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.   Does moderate drinking prevent dementia?   Excess drinkers 'can lose years of life'  

Brazil hunts 'Dr Bumbum' after patient dies

The celebrity plastic surgeon vanished after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections. A celebrity Brazilian plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has gone on the run after a woman died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Investigators say Dr Denis Furtado carried out the procedure on Lilian Calixto at his home in Rio de Janeiro but she fell ill during the procedure. Dr Furtado took her to a hospital where her condition worsened and she died some hours later, police said. He then disappeared and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest. Dr Furtado, 45, has appeared on Brazilian television and has nearly 650,000 followers on his Instagram account. Ms Calixto, a 46-year-old married mother of two who worked in banking, had travelled from her home in Cuiaba , central Brazil , to undergo buttock enhancement by Dr Furtado on Saturday evening, reports said. The procedure, believed to involve the injection of acrylic glass filler, took place at his apartment in the upmarket district of Barra de Tijuca.   How safe is the cosmetic surgery boom?   Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better?  

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

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

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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" Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools."

Long, lazy summer days, car trips to visit grandma, campfires (with s'mores of course!) - all the perfect places to introduce storytelling to your children! I invite you to consider the below article by professional author, storyteller and father, Jim Weiss, " Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools." As Jim shares below on the effectiveness of storytelling, "you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories." I'd love to have you share this article with your readers. Jim is also available for an interview if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum  856-489-8654 x302
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Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
By Jim Weiss
 
Stories are spectacularly successful learning tools. Many studies show that children whose parents tell and/or read stories to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and students later on.
 
Furthermore, you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories.
 
Other brain researchers have found that different parts of the brain kick in when we encounter a story that comes with a visual image, such as on a TV or computer screen, versus when we encounter a story for which we fill in the visuals with our imaginations, as when we read alone, are read to, or listen to an audio.  These different parts of the brain link with different forms of creativity, visualization and imagination.  They even help us build the ability to empathize with other people by "visualizing" ourselves inside characters.  We must "exercise" these different parts of the brain in order to acquire these skills, so introduce stories to a child through a mix of technologies.
 
As a professional author and storyteller, a father, and the husband of an award-winning schoolteacher and counselor, I can attest firsthand that one of the most effective and most engaging ways to teach and to learn is through stories. Here are a few tips I want to share to help you integrate storytelling into your child's daily routine:
 
1. Start with picture books when your child is very young. 
Reading to children not only offers the value of the book's contents, but also visually demonstrates that you value books, which reinforces your child's interest in reading. Read aloud to your child, or try telling a story you already know in your own words, as you turn the pages.  This allows you to keep eye contact with your child, while offering you the security of having the book to refer to if you feel you've lost your way.
 
2. Introduce stories of historical or fictional people who do what they love.  There are endless resources: books and web sites that tell stories of famous artists, composers, engineers, athletes, scientists, etc. You never know which one will resonate with your child and open up a lifetime passion, so offer a variety.  I've had many people tell me "I'm a scientist/artist/author now because I listened to your recording about scientists, etc."
 
3. In addition to telling stories to your child, try to tell with her or him.  First, tell an old favorite together. It gives the child a sense of mastery, particularly if every so often you ask, "What did she do then?" Next, try creating a new version by asking, "What if Cinderella hadn't dropped the glass slipper? Can we think of another way she and the prince might have found one another?" If you reach a dead-end, go back to an earlier moment of decision in the story, hae the character make a different choice, and go on from there.
 
4. Another form of storytelling is family stories. Sharing incidents from your life, or those of your ancestors, gives the message to your child that s/he is important enough to share in this family history, and imbues your child with a sense of her/his own roots and identity.   
 
5. Always consider to whom you are telling the story, and think of yourself as "translating" the intent of the story onto a level this person can understand.  You can tell a story differently at different developmental stages.  Think about what you most want the child to remember.   Start simply with what you know, and tell it in your own words.  If you make a mistake say, "I forgot to tell you that..." and go on; kids find that endearing. Another way to handle having left out a part is to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know yet was that Uncle Bill had already bought the tickets."  This presents the information you forgot as a dramatic element of the tale. Storytelling reinforces reading, too, and adds a rich oral language element, but it demonstrates something additional.
 
6. One powerfully positive element of storytelling is that it fosters a strong bond between parent and child.  Through our stories, and the manner in which we choose to tell them, families and entire societies pass on what matters most to them.  Children come to recognize that you are sharing your true self, not through a lecture but through a story.  Your child may not retain into adulthood every single detail you taught him/her, but always will remember that, "Mom/Dad loved me enough to share what s/he thought really mattered the most."
 
If you are fortunate, there will come a day when you see your own child, now grown up, carry on this story tradition with his/her child.  It all starts and ends with love -- and a good story.
 
Jim Weiss founded Greathall Productions in 1989. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 58+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history, as well as masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; and more. He is also the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources. Jim travels extensively across the
United States , Canada and international destinations performing and teaching at community events, theatres, libraries, stores and schools; teacher and parent workshops; and at a wide variety of educational, literary and family conferences. For more information and to view Jim's entire catalog, please visit,www.welltrainedmind.com. 7.07.18

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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 Deirdre.potash@sympatico.ca (514) 999-8581 www.artwill.ca

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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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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.

Germany to release confiscated art   -   Owner gives up on 'Chagall' painting    Stolen Rembrandt found 15 years on

Matisse's Femme Assise  Chagall Painting  Rembrandt's painting Child with a Soap Bubble

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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