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November 19, 2018 1:49 PM ‘Picasso’ found under tree in Romania appears to be hoax

Frank Westerman, a Dutch journalist who accompanied Feticu to Romania, wrote on Facebook that the pair had been hoodwinked. “The supposed lost Picasso was put there by two Belgian theatre makers.” Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism said Sunday it was examining the circumstances of the discovery. On Monday, it declined 8

November 15, 2018 4:40 PM Rupert Murdoch, sons begin their goodbyes to 21st Century Fox

Now, Rupert Murdoch is midway through a dramatic downsizing of his corporate dominion. He orchestrated the sale to Disney because he feared that Fox lacked the scale to successfully compete against such technology giants as Google, Facebook and Netflix. As his son spoke, Rupert Murdoch quietly studied a briefing book atop a long rectangular table —draped 4

November 10, 2018 9:42 PM Mayor ‘fed up’ with explosions from Saint John metal recycling facility

The mayor of Saint John, N.B., says a large explosion at the city’s American Iron & Metal recycling facility rattled the harbourfront Saturday morning. Don Darling said the blast shook nearby houses, adding that he received messages from residents who reported feeling the explosion from kilometres away. He said Saint John residents are concerned with the frequency 5

November 8, 2018 9:39 PM Montreal news outlet La Presse to cut 37 jobs as advertising revenue drops

La Presse, formerly owned by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, officially adopted a not-for-profit structure last July. At the time, Power Corp. agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture. Last May, La Presse president Pierre-Elliott Levasseur said the business model conceived in 2010 did not conform to today’s media reality, in which 17

November 7, 2018 12:57 PM Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before U.K. parliament

LONDON—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving into the questions around fake news. The rebuff came after Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, joined forces with his Canadian counterpart in hopes of pressuring Zuckerberg to testify, as he did before 16

November 6, 2018 8:12 PM Montreal MP Nicola Di Iorio says he will resign in January after finalizing ‘projects’

Di Iorio says in a Facebook post that to finalize “certain projects” he will hold his job until Jan. 22, a few days before the House of Commons sits again after Christmas. In the meantime, he writes, he will serve his constituents and “be in the room” when it’s required by the Liberal whip or the prime minister and will continue to exercise all of his functions 12

November 5, 2018 9:48 PM Shopify bans some right-wing groups after activist pressure

Shopify Inc. will ban some right-wing organizations from its service after accusations from activists, such as Canadian non-profit group North99, that it was supporting hate-promoting groups. The Canadian e-commerce company tweaked its rules to allow it to bar anyone who uses Shopify to sell items that support groups that it believes condone hate or violence 13

November 5, 2018 5:14 PM Charlotte woman filmed yelling insults at Black neighbours in custody at North Carolina coast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman whose racist rant at two Black women was filmed on video that went viral has “voluntarily turned herself in” at the Sunset Beach Police Department on the North Carolina coast, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a statement late Saturday. Susan Jane Westwood, 51, of Charlotte, N.C., disappeared after the Oct. 19 incident in the parking 12

October 26, 2018 9:53 PM Sri Lanka president sacks prime minister, appoints strongman

His return to power as prime minister could signal that Sri Lanka is sliding back to an era of violence against political opponents, critics and journalists, observers said. The move was an unexpected turn after weeks of controversy over allegations of an assassination plot against the president. A police informant and self-described Sri Lankan anti-corruption 19

October 23, 2018 4:47 PM Man behind straight-pride flag in New Brunswick says removal is discrimination

Bishop had watched Sunday as the flag was raised on a village flagpole — and then he returned the next day as LGBT activists celebrated its removal. Chipman’s village council issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the flag had been raised as a sign of support for all groups in the community, but it was removed as a result of “unintentional attention 17