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Courts, cold hit Canada ‘Occupy’ protests

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OTTAWA — A court on Monday ordered Occupy protesters in Canada’s largest metropolis to take down their tents in a downtown Toronto park as demonstrators in Vancouver also faced a deadline to clear out.

“It is time this protest has come to an end,” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told a press conference after Justice David Brown denied the demonstrators’ request for an injunction preventing the city from clearing out Saint James Park.

“I’m asking the protesters to leave peacefully and I?m asking them to leave as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile protestors in Vancouver began to dismantle their five-week old camp after a court imposed a 2 p.m. (2200 GMT) deadline to vacate a square at Vancouver Art Gallery.

Police forcibly removed protestors from parks in Halifax and London, Ontario earlier this month, and in recent days bone-chilling temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) thinned the ranks of other demonstrations throughout the country.

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The protesters were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that erupted in New York’s Zuccotti Park in September, triggering copycat demonstrations across the United States and abroad against corporate greed.


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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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