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January 19, 2018 1:12 PM Man charged in deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman makes brief court appearance

Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto man, was arrested and charged yesterday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. Bruce McArthur, the 66-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman in Toronto’s gay village last year, made a brief court appearance Friday 6

January 13, 2018 8:41 PM As protests wane, Iran lifts ban on messaging app Telegram

TEHRAN, IRAN—Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the ban on a popular messaging app has been lifted, two weeks after waning anti-government protests in which more than 21 people were killed. The Saturday report says Telegram, which has some 40 million users in Iran, is now accessible once again through both Wi-Fi and mobile networks 11

January 11, 2018 3:01 PM Digital currencies tumble after South Korea considers trading ban

A hotbed for currencies like bitcoin, South Korea’s justice minister said Thursday that the country plans to ban crypto currency trading, but the presidential office said later that a ban is under review, though no policy changes have been made. The value of numerous forms of digital currency is tumbling after South Korea, a hotbed for currencies like bitcoin 10

December 27, 2017 9:56 PM Head of Russia’s 2018 World Cup organizing committee steps down

Earlier this month, Vitaly Mutko received a lifetime Olympic ban from the IOC over alleged involvement in a state-sponsored doping scheme. Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian whistleblower who provided evidence of the scheme and now is in hiding in the United States, has alleged that the country’s soccer teams also took part. Vitaly Mutko, a deputy prime 17

December 8, 2017 9:43 PM Montreal moves ahead with plan to repeal pit-bull ban

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante’s governing party is delivering on its promise to suspend the city’s controversial ban on pit bull-type dogs. City councillor Craig Sauve said in a statement Friday the move will make Montreal a more welcoming city for people who own animals. The Projet Montreal party’s decision is expected to be ratified by the city’s executive 17

December 8, 2017 1:42 AM New Airbnb rules will ban Toronto owners from offering up basement apartments

Fear of impact on affordable housing market trumped arguments for property owners’ rights in council vote. Toronto council has crafted short-term home rental rules that will ban homeowners from offering self-contained “secondary suites” on Airbnb. Some councillors pushed Thursday to include basement apartments and other secondary suites in the lucrative 20

December 5, 2017 2:57 PM IOC bans Russian team from 2018 Winter Olympics

Individual athletes 'under strict conditions' allowed to compete as neutrals The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, following a vote on Tuesday. Russia could refuse the offer to compete as neutrals and boycott the Games, which are scheduled for Feb. 9-25. Russian President 12

November 19, 2017 1:14 PM Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara, citing security

ISTANBUL -- Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country's capital. The ban took effect Saturday for an "indefinite" period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions. The Ankara governor's office announced Sunday that the ban was imposed to protect 32

November 13, 2017 1:51 PM EU bans arms sales to Venezuela as it ramps up pressure on President Maduro

BRUSSELS—The European Union on Monday banned arms sales to Venezuela and set up a system to slap asset freezes and travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials as it sought to ramp up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. The move was decided by EU foreign ministers at talks in Brussels. The weapons ban would stop sales of military equipment that could 31

November 13, 2017 1:43 PM Russian weightlifting medallist from 2012 Olympics suspended in doping case

Ruslan Albegov won bronze at London Games Russian weightlifter and Olympic medallist Ruslan Albegov has been suspended on suspicion of doping. The International Weightlifting Federation says Albegov has been charged with violating a rule banning the "use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method." Albegov is Russia's 33