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More than 100 people are still missing in Butte County , as the National Guard join the search.

The director of the US emergency agency says a California town ravaged by wildfire will need a "total rebuild" job that will take several years. Brock Long, administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said the damage to Paradise was "one of the worst disasters" he had ever seen. So far 56 people have been found dead in the Camp Fire that hit the town, but 130 more remain missing. About 9,000 firefighters are currently battling wildfires across the state. At a news briefing on Wednesday by officials, the director of California 's fire service said "progress is being made" to contain the blazes. Before and after   Impossible to outrun

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EU warns of 'long road ahead' on Brexit

The EU sets out a timetable leading up to a summit to finalise the draft Brexit agreement.

The EU says much work still needs to be done on Brexit, despite agreeing a draft withdrawal document with the UK . "We still have a long road ahead of us on both sides," chief negotiator Michel Barnier said. The EU has set out a series of meetings leading to one on 25 November where it plans to approve the Brexit agreement. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has won the backing of her cabinet but faces a tough task getting the agreement approved by Parliament. A sign of that came on Thursday morning when Mr Barnier's UK counterpart, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned saying he could not "in good conscience" support the agreement.   LIVE: Follow the Brexit story   Brexit: A guide to where we are   Watch: What is Brexit?   LIVE Latest news on Brexit   Video What is Brexit?  UK politics could bin Brexit deal   Video Brexit and immigration

White House aide removed after Melania row

The first lady said Mira Ricardel "no longer deserves the honour" of serving in the White House.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel has left her post, following a high-profile row with US First Lady Melania Trump.

A White House spokeswoman said Mrs Ricardel "departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration". She did not elaborate. Mrs Trump this week said that Mrs Ricardel "no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House". The two reportedly feuded during a tour of Africa in October. The removal of Mrs Ricardel comes amid reports in US media that President Donald Trump is considering a shake-up in the White House West Wing. In pictures: Melania Trump's whistle-stop Africa tour

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'Sultan of Coins' executed in Iran

Currency trader Vahid Mazloumin and an associate were found guilty of "spreading corruption on earth".  

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Iran has executed a currency trader known as the "Sultan of Coins" for amassing some two tonnes of gold coins.

Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for "spreading corruption on earth". According to the Iranian Students' News Agency, Mr Mazloumin and associates had hoarded the coins to manipulate prices. Rights group Amnesty International described the executions as "horrific" and a violation of international law. "Use of the death penalty is appalling under any circumstances," Amnesty said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that under international law "the death penalty is absolutely forbidden for non-lethal crimes, such as financial corruption". Amnesty went on to say that the manner in which the trials were "fast-tracked" displayed a "brazen disregard" for due process. How did these executions come about? Mr Mazloumin was arrested in July for operating as a speculator and accused of hoarding gold coins with the aim of later manipulating prices on the local market.  Iranian police arrest 'Sultan of Coins'   The impact of Iran sanctions - in charts

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Deadbeat tenant racks up nearly $17K in unpaid rent

Over the past three years, Nigel Calder, a Montreal tenant, has been evicted four times for not paying his rent. Some landlords didn't do a background check — a mistake they quickly came to regret.

Nigel Calder rented an apartment in this Plateau Mont-Royal building from Marie-Ève Ouellet-Quenneville. She allowed him to sign the lease before collecting a first month's rent. (CBC)

When Marie-Ève Ouellet-Quenneville's tenants unexpectedly ended their lease a few years ago, she scrambled to find someone new. After placing an ad on Kijiji, she thought she'd found a great tenant in Nigel Calder. He told her he was recently divorced and needed a place right away. Her apartment was fully furnished and included utilities and wifi. "He was really nice and smiling," said Ouellet-Quenneville, who lives on the first floor of her four-unit building on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Normally, she'd ask for the first month's rent up front before signing the lease and handing over the keys. But Calder told her he was heading to the bank and would drop off the money later. "I figured it was no big deal. He's going to go and come back," said Ouellet-Quenneville. She quickly came to regret that decision. He never paid her. "He ended up living there three months for free," said Ouellet-Quenneville.  Repeat offender Ouellet-Quenneville isn't the only one Calder has done this to. CBC News discovered the Régie du Logement , Quebec 's rental board, has ruled against Calder four times in the last three years for failing to pay his rent. In each case, the landlord was granted an eviction order, and Calder was ordered to pay what he owed in back rent — a combined total of $17,000.    Marie-Ève Ouellet-Quenneville rented an apartment to Nigel Calder, seen here, at the end of 2016. She says he gave her one excuse after another as to why he couldn't pay the rent. (Facebook) 

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Millennial congresswoman 'can't afford rent'

The youngest congresswoman flexes her millennial credentials by waiting for her salary before renting.

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress has a problem - she can't afford her rent. That is until she starts her new job in January. After telling the New York Times she's waiting for her first pay cheque before renting an apartment in Washington DC , Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is again being called the "millennial Congresswoman". On Friday Fox News presenter Ed Henry suggested the 29-year-old wasn't telling the full truth because she wore "multi-thousand dollar outfits" in a magazine. Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, pointing out the clothes were lent to her for the photo shoot. Her comments - "I've really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January" - got many on Twitter empathising with her.   What's it like being elected in your 20s?   Video Women make history in Congress

Brexit talks hit 'real problem' over border

The UK and EU fail to resolve the Irish border issue ahead of Wednesday's crucial summit.

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Brexit 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.

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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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China star detained for 'anthem insult'

Yang Kaili, who has millions of followers in China , apologised for not singing the anthem "seriously".

Yang Kaili

A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for "insulting" the country's national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around. The live-streaming platform, Huya, had earlier taken down her video and banned her channel. Ms Yang, who is also known as Li Ge, has since publicly apologised. The Shanghai Police Department said in a statement on Saturday that she had violated China 's National Anthem Law.  HK football fans boo own national anthem   China bans anthem from weddings

Missing China actress fined millions

The star, who disappeared in July, posted a long apology on social media.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing

Chinese mega star Fan Bingbing has been fined around 883 million yuan ($129m; £98.9m) for tax evasion and other offences, authorities said Wednesday. The star, who disappeared in July, posted a long apology on social media. Ms Fan, who is one of China 's highest paid actors, will escape criminal charges if the fines are paid on time, said state news agency Xinhua. The actress had been linked to a government probe into how celebrities reported earnings in their contracts. Some film stars were alleged to have used so-called "yin-yang contracts" - a practice where one contract sets out an actor's real earnings, and another details a lower figure, with the latter submitted to the tax authorities.   Fan's 'disappearance' worries fans   Vanished star 'not socially responsible'   Praise in China for 'Tory slap' reporter

Kanye West changes name to Ye

The rapper posted on Twitter: "The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE."

Rapper Kanye West is changing his name - to Ye.

Announcing the change on Twitter on Saturday, he wrote: "The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE." West, 41, has been nicknamed Ye for some time and used the moniker as the title for his eighth album, which was released in June. The change came ahead of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he was expected to launch his new album Yandhi. He replaced singer Ariana Grande on the show who cancelled for "emotional reasons", the show's creator said. As well as being an abbreviation of his current professional name, West has previously said the word has religious significance for him. "I believe 'ye' is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means 'you,'" West said earlier this year, discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy. A philosopher rates Kanye West's tweets   The hugging saint Kanye West tweeted about   Who is India's hugging saint Kanye West tweeted about?

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

He reportedly died in a Florida hospital from a heart attack with his family by his side. The moustachioed megastar underwent heart bypass surgery in 2010. Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton. He shot to fame in 1972's Deliverance, becoming a Hollywood legend with his roles in Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights. The veteran actor's agent, Todd Eisner, said his death was "heartbreaking". Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida . The movie star's niece, Nancy Lee Hess, told the BBC his death had left the family "with a broken heart". "My uncle was not just a movie icon, he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students," she said. "He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected." She added: "I want to thank all of his amazing fans who have always supported and cheered him on, through all of the hills and valleys of his life and career." Obituary: Burt Reynolds   Video His career highs and lows  

Why Chinese cinemas are empty but full

Some blame this on censorship, others on a lack of creativity but there are also those who see a more sinister force at work, which has nothing to do with film-making. It also has nothing to do with selling tickets: at least not real ones. Some investors are apparently financially backing movies with the sole goal of boosting their stock price that can shift on the perception of a movie's performance, irrespective of its true popularity. Chinese film critic and industry observer Raymond Zhou has been digging into the darker side of film financing in his country. "When you have a hit film, your stock price will go up several times in terms of market valuation compared with the grosses from the box office so some 'financial genius', came up with this idea: Why don't I have fake box office numbers so that I can make much more money from the stock market?" he said.

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid backlash

A backlash over her casting as a lesbian Batwoman is "ridiculous", the actress says. Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter profile amid a backlash over her casting as Batwoman in a TV series.   The Australian, who describes herself as "gender fluid", confirmed last week that she would play the first openly lesbian superhero lead.   Many fans celebrated the casting, but others suggested Rose was not right for the role, focusing on her sexuality.  Before deleting her account, Rose dismissed the criticism as the "most ridiculous thing". "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from," she wrote in tweets cited by media outlets. "I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay'." She also wrote: "When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... When we tear each other down, it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey, love a challenge." TV to get its first transgender superhero    'The Batgirl I'd like to see'

Bocelli to sing for Pope during Dublin visit

The world-renowned Italian tenor will sing at a concert during Pope Francis's two-day visit to reland  World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at an event in Dublin to be attended by Pope Francis later this month. The Festival of Families concert will take place at Croke Park on 25 August, during the pontiff's two-day visit. More than 70,000 people will take part, organisers have said. Bocelli said performing before the Pope was a "privilege for our soul; it is an honour for what the Supreme Pontiff represents in the world". "It is a joy to be able to offer my most modest contribution on the occasion of this grand meeting and moment of reflection about the family," he added. "The family remains the strongest building block of society, a cluster of affection and a privileged space in which one can teach and learn - in every action - how to choose a life that leads toward the greater good." Bocelli will join other acts already announced for the event including Nathan Carter, Daniel O'Donnell, Moya Brennan, The Begley Family and The Priests. Pope Francis will arrive in Dublin on 25 August for a two-day tour, the first Irish papal visit for almost 40 years. Profile: Pope Francis    Remembering when the Pope came to Ireland   Pope to visit a 'different' Ireland   What welcome for the Pope?  

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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’

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Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
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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
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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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 With Asian trade and support for the monarchy rising, what does Canadian identity mean now?

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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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Oh  Canada   How I Love You

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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  Forger jailed for bogus paintings   Munch's The Scream sold for $120 million

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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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

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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