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Skating Santas stream through central London1m14s

Skating Santas stream through central London

Scores of Santas on rollerskates streamed through central London on Saturday in a festive parade known as the London Santa Skate. According to the group's website, it is "the biggest costumes street skate of the year."

Belgian police fire water cannon at anti-migrant protesters35s

Belgian police fire water cannon at anti-migrant protesters

Police used water cannon on Sunday in Brussels during a right-wing rally against a controversial UN migration pact. Officers were seen scuffling with protesters who threw firecrackers. The rally, dubbed the ‘March against Marrakech’, was organized by the right-wing Vlaams Belang party which is vehemently opposed to the migration agreement. The United Nations signed the first ever international deal on the migration crisis in the Moroccan city earlier this week, promising a global approach to better manage migration.

Indian villagers jump into huge pile of thorns from rooftops in bizarre ritual1m43s

Indian villagers jump into huge pile of thorns from rooftops in bizarre ritual

In a bizarre religious ritual, villagers in India jumped into a huge pile of thorns from a rooftop on December 13. The thorns cushioned their fall but sliced into their skin, causing punctures and bleeding People of Lebageri village near Koppala in South India perform the thorn ritual every year to worship a local deity Marutheshwara. A day prior to the festival, the villagers go to a nearby forest and pull out branches of various thorn-trees such as thorny acacia, thorn mimosa and gum arabic with their bare hands, and make a huge pile near a local temple. The next day the ritual is held. This year several men climbed the rooftop of a house and leapt into the pile of thorns, while a few just waded through the pile. A local resident Ramesh Patil, 36, said during a time of crisis the villagers take a vow to perform the thorn ritual if the local deity Marutheshwara helps them overcome their problems. “Once they get over the crisis, it is payback time,” said Sandesh. Villagers say they have been performing the thorn ritual for generations but no one has been seriously injured so far.

Greedy cobra spits out four eggs after falling sick20s

Greedy cobra spits out four eggs after falling sick

This greedy cobra gobbled up four hen's eggs but then fell ill and was caught on camera regurgitating the clutch in southern India. A farmer family in Badavadinne village of Chikmagalur in Karnataka spotted a young cobra in their courtyard on December 7. The snake had a bulge near the stomach and was lying still. They called a local snake expert Arif, who caught the snake and moved it around a bit. The snake started regurgitating chicken eggs it had swallowed earlier. As Arif kept count in Kannada, four legs popped out. Arif said the cobra was young and was not able to handle the four eggs it had swallowed quickly. He later released the snake in a nearby forest.

Uber-sponsored "toy" car spotted in central Paris34s

Uber-sponsored "toy" car spotted in central Paris

Ride-sharing firm Uber is appealing to big kids and actual kids this Christmas with a campaign that sees vehicles inspired by toy cars driving the streets of Paris. A far cry from the Toyota Prius that often turns up when you book a car on the popular app, the UberToys experiment could see you travelling across town in a farm truck (as shown in this video), a remote-controlled saloon or a car made out modelling clay. There's also very little chance of losing one of these under the sofa.

Wasp beheads cockroach on dining table and then flies off1m53s

Wasp beheads cockroach on dining table and then flies off

Footage shows a 'wrestling match' between a cockroach and wasp on a kitchen table in Konstanz, Germany. A student, 20, captured the insects engaged in the battle after returning home to his accommodation. The wasp - with its deadly sting - ripped off one of the roach's legs and was the eventual victor. The student said: ''It was fascinating watching the two fight. It was like a wrestling match and the wasp eventually won.'' The footage was captured back in August.

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo in the UK1m06s

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo in the UK

A fire at Chester zoo has been brought under control with all animals accounted for and no casualties. The zoo closed for the day after plumes of smoke billowed from the Monsoon Forest enclosure. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.

Dog terrified of cat cushion42s

Dog terrified of cat cushion

Just an amusing clip from Phoenix, Arizona of a dog called Opie which is terrified of a cat-shaped cushion. The funny moment was captured on December 12. "My husband got this awful cat head pillow and, needless to say, Opie was not happy about it," the filmer said.

Dramatic moment mother and three children are rescued from raging river2m11s

Dramatic moment mother and three children are rescued from raging river

Dramatic footage shows how brave passers-by rescued a mother and her three children from a raging river after they were swept away while washing their laundry. The family were cleaning their clothes in the water on the banks of the Tamugan river in Davao City, the Philippines on October 14, when a sudden torrent engulfed them. They managed to grab hold of the concrete posts of a bridge but were stranded as the current was too strong to return to the shore. However, fireman Joker Linao and passing truck driver Mark Anthony delos Reyes were able rappel down one side of the bridge, grab the family one-by-one, then re-emerge on the other side of the bridge to take hold of a dangling rope. Men standing above then pulled them up to safety. The rescue took place in three stages with the two oldest children being carried up first followed by the mother and a baby on the last attempt. The mother, Karen Bungalan, said: ''I was standing on the river bank with my children. We were washing our clothes when the water suddenly grew bigger. It was up my waist and it just pulled us away.'' Karen's arm was dislocated during the rescue, but all of the family survived with nothing but minor scrapes. Anthony delos Reyes, the truck driver who helped, said: ''We heard shouts from under the bridge and saw them there. We immediately looked for ropes so we can go down.''

Brazilian big wave surfer in terrifying wipeout in Nazare, Portugal4m36s

Brazilian big wave surfer in terrifying wipeout in Nazare, Portugal

A Brazilian big wave surfer had a terrifying wipeout in Nazaré, Portugal on Friday. A dramatic video of the incident shows Thiago Jacaré, 35, hit a bump and fall as he rides a giant wave. He is immediately swallowed by a wall of white water and is held down for several seconds. He surfaces just in time to catch a breath before taking another monster wave on the head. His teammate, big wave surfer David Langer, is unable to rescue Jacaré on his jet ski because he's floating around right in the impact zone. Eventually, after taking a total of five waves on the head, German surfer Sebastian Steudtner manages to pick up Jacaré on his jet ski and whisk him away from danger to the beach. Although completely exhausted, Jacaré was unharmed in the terrifying ordeal. He was taken by ambulance to hospital as a safety precaution. "This was by far the worst wipeout of my life, I barely got the chance to breathe between waves," Jacaré later told the filmer. "When I got to the sand, I was completely exhausted, to the point I couldn’t even move," he added. “I want to thank Sebastian Steudtner for the rescue...I won't ever forget this day!” he concluded. Thiago Jacaré is an experienced big wave surfer from Brazil. He worked for many years as a professional lifeguard and is also involved in the organisation of big wave competitions in Brazil. Praia do Norte beach, near the fishing village of Nazaré, became famous worldwide for huge waves in 2011 when Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record for the largest wave ever surfed.

Flash floods batter suspension bridge in southern Thailand1m13s

Flash floods batter suspension bridge in southern Thailand

Heavy rain in southern Thailand this morning (Sunday) caused flash floods which battered a suspension bridge leading to a Buddhist temple. Footage shows how the river outside the Wat Khiri Wong religious building in Nakhon Si Thammarat was transformed within moments into a raging torrent. Gallons of muddy water running down from the nearby mountains pummelled the flimsy bridge - turning it into an intimidating crossing. Once the rain has subsided, worshippers were able to walk tentatively across the bridge, with the fast-flowing water running below them.

Police fire tear gas at 'yellow vest' protesters in Lyon2m46s

Police fire tear gas at 'yellow vest' protesters in Lyon

"Yellow vest" protesters gathered in cities across France for a fifth consecutive Saturday of demonstrations. Video filmed in central Lyon today showed riot police in running battles with protesters, with tear gas being fired to disperse demonstrations. The number of demonstrators was down on previous weeks, according to multiple reports.

Near miss for family when storm fells huge tree in Sydney, Australia49s

Near miss for family when storm fells huge tree in Sydney, Australia

A family had a lucky escape on Saturday when a storm blew down a huge tree right next to their home in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The filmer was recording lashing winds, rain and hail outside their home on Oxford Avenue in Castle Hill, when the tree suddenly came crashing down in the garden, just a few feet away from their front entrance. "My family, including two kids, were in the living room as the tree fell. Lucky the tree did not fall on the house," the filmer said. "The tree is still there in the backyard and it’s massive. Neighbours came by to see if everyone was okay," she added. "We had never experienced a storm like this one in Sydney in summer. More than happy no-one got hurt," the filmer said.

Adorable footage of pet sloth lying upside down eating salad37s

Adorable footage of pet sloth lying upside down eating salad

Adorable footage of a pet sloth lying upside down on the kitchen sideboard while eating salad. The animal was captured tucking into its healthy lunch at the home of BJ Abrams, who keeps more than 80 exotic animals at her petting zoo called ''It's A Zoo Life'' in Pinetops, North Carolina. BJ said the sloth was ''lovely''.

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo in the UK50s

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo in the UK

A fire has broken out at Chester Zoo in the UK. A video showed the roof of the Monsoon Forest enclosure on fire with black smoke billowing into the air. The Monsoon Forest enclosure houses orangutans, monkeys and reptiles.

'Mosquito whisperer' shows off bizarre trick to lure insects29s

'Mosquito whisperer' shows off bizarre trick to lure insects

This man has developed a bizarre party trick luring mosquitoes to his face then crushing them with his bare hands. King, 22, claims that his obscure humming sound attracts them to him before he then swats them with a deft clap of his wrists. The makeup artist - who nicknamed him the 'Mosquito Whisperer' was filmed by a friend showing off his weird hobby at his home in Laguna, the Philippines, on November 17. King said: ''I make a sound like a mosquito and they fly towards my mouth. Then I crush them in front of my face. I can kill dozens like this all day. ''This is the best way I have found of getting rid of mosquitoes.''

Teen gets finger trapped in small ring and needs firefighters to get it off5m08s

Teen gets finger trapped in small ring and needs firefighters to get it off

Firefighters used a rope to free a 15-year-old boy’s finger that was stuck in a small ring for more than ten hours in southwestern China. In the clip, shot in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province on December 8, two firefighters work together to roll a rope on the school boy’s swollen finger to help take off the ring. After 45 minutes, firefighters finally freed the boy's finger.

Grandmother overcome with emotion after getting tickets to see tenor Andrea Bocelli1m32s

Grandmother overcome with emotion after getting tickets to see tenor Andrea Bocelli

The heartwarming moment a grandmother receives tickets to see tenor Andrea Bocelli in concert after having been in love with him for ages. "A couple of months ago she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s so our family wanted to make her dream and one of her bucket list items of seeing Andrea Bocelli in concert come true!" said the filmer. "She’s been in love with him for forever, It brought her to tears as she saw the tickets, she could hardly believe it!"

Time-lapse shows creation of 'dirt art' in Moscow47s

Time-lapse shows creation of 'dirt art' in Moscow

Time-lapse footage in Tyoply Stan, southwest Moscow, shows 'dirt artist' ProBoyNick producing one of his creations on the back of a truck. The work shows Walter from Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski wielding a gun, under the message "take your hands off my dirt!"

Boyfriend surprises girlfriend with saucy Christmas jumper in funny video4m53s

Boyfriend surprises girlfriend with saucy Christmas jumper in funny video

A serial UK joker pulled a prank on his girlfriend by gifting her with a very rude Christmas jumper. Shot at the end of last month (November 28), Reuben and Rebekah from Milton Keynes decided to get into the festive spirit by donning their new Christmas jumpers. To Rebekah's surprise, her jumper had a very saucy print which displayed a model's cleavage in the theme of Christmas. After much convincing Reuben managed to get Rebekah out of the house to start their Christmas shopping in her new attire.

Yellow vest protests spread to the Netherlands1m49s

Yellow vest protests spread to the Netherlands

Scores of yellow vest protesters marched through Leeuwarden in the Netherlands on Saturday to protests the high cost of living. The yellow vest protests began in France last month as a demonstration against fuel tax rises but have since morphed into a more general opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron. Recently, protesters in Belgium and the Netherlands have begun their own marches also sporting the fluorescent yellow gilets. The protests in France have frequently been accompanied by rioting and vandalism.

Dogs stare at grazing horses from behind fence13s

Dogs stare at grazing horses from behind fence

Zilla the Malinois and Pogo the Border Collie watch the horses as they graze in the field. Zilla "has figured out the best way to do that is to jump onto the top of the fence and hang out there," according to her owner. "Pogo the Border Collie is about working smarter not harder so watches from the gap in the gate." "Zilla loves to interact with the horses, but only with the fence between! She jumps over the fence regularly to run around."

Man shouts as silent walk for Grenfell passes through Kensington2m20s

Man shouts as silent walk for Grenfell passes through Kensington

A man shouts on the sidelines of the silent walk for Grenfell through Kensington on Friday night. Participants carry placards and green hearts seeking justice for the victims of the fire that broke out in June 2017, killing 72 people. The man is stationed outside the Ivy Kensington Brasserie, and march participants turn to stare at him as security escorts him away. The silent walk has taken place every month on the 14th since the tragedy.