In this Dec. 18, 2019 photo made available by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, shows a yacht belonging to singer Marc Anthony in flames at a dock in Miami. The luxury yacht partially sank in Biscayne Bay after 45 firefighters took two hours to extinguish the blaze. (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue via AP)

Marc Anthony’s luxury yacht goes up in flames in Miami

MIAMI — A luxury yacht owned by singer Marc Anthony partially sank in Biscayne Bay after it was engulfed by a massive fire that took 45 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish. No one was injured. The 120-foot (36.5-meter) boat was docked off Miami’s MacArthur Causeway at the Island Gardens Marina when it caught fire […]

In this July 1, 2010 file photo, Alexander Vavilov, right, and his older brother brother Timothy leave a federal court after a bail hearing for their parents Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Supreme Court of Canada has decided the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are actually Canadian citizens. The high court decision today upholds a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that effectively affirmed the citizenship of Alexander and Timothy Vavilov.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Elise Amendola

Supreme Court rules sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens

OTTAWA — Alexander Vavilov, the Toronto-born son of Russian spies, is a Canadian citizen, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided. In its judgment Thursday, the high court upheld a Federal Court of Appeal decision that effectively affirmed the citizenship of not only Alexander but also his brother Timothy. Aside from addressing the citizenship matter, […]


‘Influencers’ warned to clearly state when social media messages are advertising

GATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s competition watchdog says it wants consumers to be told when advertisers have a close relationship with the people who praise their products through social media accounts. The Competition Bureau says it has sent letters to nearly 100 brands and agencies involved in what’s called “influencer marketing.” Some of the biggest social […]


Canada’s ‘universal call blocking’ system seen as partial answer to big nuisance

GATINEAU, Que. – Thursday marks the official arrival of a system to block some types of nuisance calls, although even its supporters have said it offers only a partial solution to a complex problem facing Canadians. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has said it receives 80,000 to 90,000 complaints annually about unwanted phone calls. […]


3 teens sentenced to 2 years of probation for St. Michael’s College School sex assaults

Three former students of St. Michael’s College School in Toronto were sentenced Thursday. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press) Three teenagers were sentenced Thursday to two years of probation each for the assault and two sexual assaults on the campus of an all-boys private school in Toronto in 2018. The three former St. Michael’s College School all pleaded […]

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Basketball Africa League Unveils Official Logo

New Logo Celebrates League’s Pan-African Footprint, Africa’s Diversity and Continent’s Rich Basketball Heritage KIGALI, Rwanda, December 19, 2019/ — The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, today unveiled the league’s official logo.  The new logo, which features the […]


Benin: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata

The EU considers this declaration as wholly unwarranted and contrary to the EU’s objective of developing relations and building partnerships in third countries BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 19, 2019/ — The Council today decided that the head of the mission of the Republic of Benin to the European Union will be declared persona non grata. This is […]

In this undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, an aerial view is seen of a 3,500-year-old tomb discovered near the southwestern Greek town of Pylos. The ministry said American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating 3,500 years back, near a large Bronze Age palace that featured in Homer's Odyssey. Recovered grave goods included a golden seal ring and a golden Egyptian amulet. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)

Archaeologists in Greece find 3,500-year-old royal tombs

ATHENS, Greece – American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating from about 3,500 years ago near a major Mycenaean-era palace in Greece’s southern Peloponnese region, the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday. A ministry statement said the dome-shaped roofs of both tombs near the Bronze Age palace of Pylos collapsed during antiquity, and the chambers became […]