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Explosion Rips Through Bar in Japan's Sapporo46s

Explosion Rips Through Bar in Japan's Sapporo

At least 42 people were injured as a suspected gas explosion ripped through a bar and stores in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture, Japan, on the evening of Sunday, December 16. Japanese news agency Kyodo reported the explosion occurred in the city’s Toyohira Ward and firefighters worked into the early hours of Monday controlling a blaze. This video shows the aftermath of the explosion and firefighters tackling the fire. Credit: Keita Toyoshima via Storyful

Hamster Ready to Deck the Halls for Christmas56s

Hamster Ready to Deck the Halls for Christmas

This adorable furball named Shibuya is counting down the days until Christmas. Owner Jaieden captured this cute footage of his beloved pet chowing down. The pudgy pet also donned a Santa hat while getting into the Christmas spirit. Credit: Hamsters – Jaieden & Gerard via Storyful

Protesters Amass Outside Hungary's Parliament for Fifth Evening of Demonstrations8s

Protesters Amass Outside Hungary's Parliament for Fifth Evening of Demonstrations

A huge crowd of protesters gathered outside Hungary’s parliament on the evening of December 16 for the fifth night of protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s controversial plan to overhaul the country’s labor laws and courts. On Wednesday, December 12, Hungary’s Parliament passed legislation that called for the creation of a new court system with judges appointed by the justice minister who would rule over elections and corruption cases. Parliament also approved a labor law amendment, called a “slave law” by opposition politicians, that raises the maximum overtime employees can work to 400 hours a year, or one extra day a week. The legislation has sparked huge protests in the evenings following Wednesday’s vote. This video shows protesters waving flags with the Parliament building visible in the background. Credit: Marta Pardavi via Storyful

Firefighters Spray Water on Flaming Wreckage Following Sapporo Explosion52s

Firefighters Spray Water on Flaming Wreckage Following Sapporo Explosion

More than 40 people were injured in an explosion at a shopping complex in the Japanese city of Sapporo on December 16. According to a report from Kyodo News, the explosion happened at around 8:30 pm in the city’s Toyohira Ward, causing the building to collapse and a fire to break out, injuring men, women and children. These videos show firefighters spraying water on the wreckage from the blast. Credit: @syurikenbouya via Storyful

Emergency Services Respond to EU Commission HQ as Tear Gas Deployed Against Protesters52s

Emergency Services Respond to EU Commission HQ as Tear Gas Deployed Against Protesters

A line of emergency vehicles filled a street leading to the headquarters of the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, as more than 5,000 demonstrators protested on December 16 against a proposed migration pact. Police deployed tear gas and water cannons against the protesters, who had been organized by right-wing political groups, local media reported. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was intended to be formally endorsed by the United Nations the following week, despite opposition from anti-migration groups. Credit: Théo Lisart via Storyful

Police Use Water Cannon, Tear Gas Against Anti-Migration Protesters Outside EU Commission HQ2m17s

Police Use Water Cannon, Tear Gas Against Anti-Migration Protesters Outside EU Commission HQ

Police deployed tear gas and water cannons against protesters demonstrating outside the headquarters of the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, against a proposed migration pact. More than 5,000 demonstrators, who had been organized by right-wing political groups, took part in the protests, local media reported. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was intended to be formally endorsed by the United Nations the following week, despite opposition from anti-migration groups. Credit: @pierrebxl via Storyful

Businesses Flooded as Freak Storm Hits Resort in South Africa6s

Businesses Flooded as Freak Storm Hits Resort in South Africa

A sudden hailstorm slammed the South African resort town of Sun City on December 15, causing flash flooding and damage to various properties and vehicles. Sun International, which operates the Sun City Resort, said day visitors were immediately transported away from the worst affected areas while guests whose hotel rooms were damaged were asked to return home, if possible. Multiple social media users shared videos and photos showing heavy hail, leaks and flooding inside resort buildings, and piles of hail in parking lots. This footage shows flooding inside the Gatsby Spa at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. Credit: Gatsby Spa via Storyful

Plumes of Smoke Rise From Japan's Most Active Volcano25s

Plumes of Smoke Rise From Japan's Most Active Volcano

Sakurajima, Japan’s most active volcano, blew up plumes of steam twice before a volcanic explosion early on Sunday, December 16. The blasts took place on Sakurajima’s southern peak, Minami-dake, the only active one out of the the volcano’s three peaks. This footage, recorded on Sunday, December 15, shows grey plumes of smoke rising from Sakurajima. Credit: @9918otf22r1 via Storyful

Freak Hail Storm Pummels South African Resort, Guests Evacuated53s

Freak Hail Storm Pummels South African Resort, Guests Evacuated

A sudden hailstorm slammed the South African resort town of Sun City on December 15, causing flash flooding and damage to various properties and vehicles. Sun International, which operates the Sun City Resort, said day visitors were immediately bussed away from the worst affected areas and said guests whose hotel rooms were affected were asked to return home, if possible. Multiple social media users shared videos and photos showing the hail storm, leaks and flooding inside resort buildings and piles of hail in parking lots. Credit: Marne Chen via Storyful

Fire Breaks Out at Chester Zoo47s

Fire Breaks Out at Chester Zoo

A fire broke out at Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England, on December 15, forcing visitors to evacuate the area. Local fire services reported no injuries; however, and said all of the animals had been accounted for. Credit: Jess Keeble via Storyful

Thousands Protest Against Right-Wing Government in Vienna9s

Thousands Protest Against Right-Wing Government in Vienna

Around 17,000 people took part in anti-government protests in Vienna on Saturday, December 15, reports said, citing police figures. The demonstration comes about a year after Austria’s People’s Party and the Freedom Party agreed to form a right-wing coalition government. This footage shows protesters with signs at the Christian-Broda-Platz in Vienna. Credit: @SDIS02676730 via Storyful

Sakurajima Volcano in Japan Emits Plumes of Ash Cloud16s

Sakurajima Volcano in Japan Emits Plumes of Ash Cloud

Sakurajima, Japan’s most active volcano, twice blew off plumes of steam accompanied by a volcanic explosion early on Sunday, December 16. The blasts took place on Sakurajima’s southern peak, Minami-dake, the only active one out of the the volcano’s three peaks. The Japan Meteorological Agency’s camera caught the first eruption just before 4 am Sunday, and the second event about 30 minutes later. This video, which was shared on Saturday, shows the volcano emitting plumes of ash cloud hours before the reported eruptions on Sunday. Credit: ku_ako via Storyful

Refugee Supporters Interrupt Bill Shorten's Speech at Labor Party National Conference1m08s

Refugee Supporters Interrupt Bill Shorten's Speech at Labor Party National Conference

Refugee supporters stormed the stage and interrupted opposition leader Bill Shorten’s keynote speech at the Labor Party’s National Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, on Sunday, December 16. Similar protests, including ones against the construction of the Adani coal mine, were staged at the event where 400 delegates were present, local media reported. The Labor leader was also confronted by environment activists during a visit to the Adelaide Central Market on Saturday. Credit: WACA via Storyful

Grumpy Cat Does Not Want to Come Down1m33s

Grumpy Cat Does Not Want to Come Down

This grouchy feline didn’t want to come down from his perch. His owner tried many times, but Mr Cat was quite content where he was. Hear his grumbling meows as he resists. Credit: YouTube/Lorie G via Storyful

Motorcycle Riding 'Yellow Vests' Blockade Toll Booth Near French Border with Spain1m09s

Motorcycle Riding 'Yellow Vests' Blockade Toll Booth Near French Border with Spain

Yellow Vest protests took place around Paris on Saturday, December 15, for the fifth weekend in a row. Near the southern city of Perpignan, demonstrators riding motorbikes blockaded the highway on approach to the Spanish border. 85 people were detained in Paris, with scuffles breaking out between police and protesters on the side streets of the Champs-Elysees. In Toulouse, airport authorities were forced to suspend flights on Friday, December 14, after disability rights and Yellow Vest protesters invaded the runway. Credit: LastLife via Storyful

Strasbourg Christmas Market Reopens to Lively Crowds49s

Strasbourg Christmas Market Reopens to Lively Crowds

Residents and tourists alike returned to the Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, after it was reopened by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday, December 14, three days after a shooting attack. On Friday afternoon, Castaner officially reopened the market for the first time since security forces cordoned the area during the attack on December 11. The minister walked through the area thanking police officers. Video taken on Friday evening showed a group of musicians playing lively tunes outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame while holiday revelers enjoyed the market’s lights and vin chaud. Photos captured memorials placed on several streets in the quarter where victims of Tuesday’s attack were gunned down. The attack at the market claimed the lives of four, according to the Associated Press. Police say at least a dozen were injured. The suspect, identified as 29-year old Cherif Chekatt, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police in the Meinau quartier of Strasbourg on Thursday night. Credit: Eric Arfaux via Storyful

Man Has a Strong 'Finnish' as He Attempts to Cross Frozen Lake35s

Man Has a Strong 'Finnish' as He Attempts to Cross Frozen Lake

Mika Sagulin was about to dive into a local lake in Kangasala, Finland, but upon discovering the lake had frozen over, he sprinted right across the frozen water, as seen in this video recorded by his brother, Marko Sagulin, on December 10. Credit: Mika Sagulin via Storyful

Check Out This Mom Rocking Out to Kelly Clarkson, Fully Embarrassing Son at Basketball Game56s

Check Out This Mom Rocking Out to Kelly Clarkson, Fully Embarrassing Son at Basketball Game

A mom and her very mortified son have gone viral after her epic lip sync performance to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” at a University of Maryland basketball game. The team shared footage of the “fan cam” from the December 11 game on Twitter. The mom can be seen singing along, using her phone as a microphone, before she really lets loose. She begins to sing to her son, who is seemingly embarrassed, covering his face with his hood. Once mom wraps up her performance, the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. The viral footage even caught the eye of Clarkson herself, who retweeted the footage. “This is my kind of mama,” the singer tweeted. As of writing, the post has over 1,000 retweets on Twitter. Credit: University of Maryland Basketball via Storyful

St. Louis Blues Welcome Their Adorable Teammate to Practice1m08s

St. Louis Blues Welcome Their Adorable Teammate to Practice

The cutest thing to hit the NHL may just be the St. Louis Blues’ newest puppy mascot, Barclay, who joined the team for practice on December 13. The team shared footage of the pup on their Twitter page tweeting “Ruff practice.” Barclay can be seen chasing a hockey stick around the ice before he finally manages to retrieve it and drag the stick across the ice. He eventually decides to take matters into his own hands, grabs the hockey puck and trots away. As of writing, the post has over 5,000 retweets. Barclay is living and playing with the Blues while he undergoes training to be a service dog. Credit: St. Louis Blues via Storyful

Low Car Caught in High Water on Charleston Street1m00s

Low Car Caught in High Water on Charleston Street

A towing company truck finally pushed a car out of deep water in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday, December 14, three hours after the car was stopped at a flooded intersection. The car’s driver turned down a rescue from the fire department, preferring to stay with his vehicle until it could be rescued along with him. The top video here shows the final effort to get the car out of the water. The three videos below show the deeper water shortly after the car became stuck. Credit: Brenda J Peart via Storyful

This Sleigh Doesn't Need Rudolph to Light the Way in Scotland32s

This Sleigh Doesn't Need Rudolph to Light the Way in Scotland

Santa’s sleigh made a bright appearance on the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, with Santa and an elf in tow. Twitter user @niamhsnotmad shared footage on December 12 of the brightly lit sleigh making it’s way down Lothian Road. “There’s a guy who’s actual turned his car inty a light up sleigh n drivin about Edinburgh wi an elf am no jokin,” she tweeted. According to local media, the vehicle is driven by a mechanic from West Lothian, who transformed his car into Santa’s sleigh. As of writing, the post has over 3,000 retweets and over 15,000 likes on Twitter. Credit: @niamhsnotmad via Storyful

Record-Setting Rain Floods Charleston Streets42s

Record-Setting Rain Floods Charleston Streets

Charleston, South Carolina, set a daily rainfall record on Friday, December 14, as heavy rains raised river levels and flooded the streets. The storms in the area also stirred the surf at beaches in the area. Credit: Charleston Beaches via Storyful

Queenslander Makes Most of Cyclone Owen by Skimboarding in Flooded Paddock46s

Queenslander Makes Most of Cyclone Owen by Skimboarding in Flooded Paddock

Queensland man Michael Dunk didn’t let wet weather ruin the start to his weekend on Friday, December 14, when he skim-boarded along a flooded paddock near Airlie Beach. Cyclone Owen, which had not yet made landfall on Friday, had caused heavy rainfall along the north Queensland coast. The region was lashed with heavy rainfall, strong winds and flash flooding when the tropical cyclone did make landfall at around 3 am on Saturday, according to the Townsville Bulletin. Dunk and his housemate seemed unfazed by the looming cyclone, towing one another through the wet paddock with a car. Credit: Michael Dunk via Storyful

Vehicles Travel Along Flooded Road After Torrential Storm in Melbourne26s

Vehicles Travel Along Flooded Road After Torrential Storm in Melbourne

Cars and trams travelled along flooded roads in Melbourne on Friday, December 14, after the central business district was lashed by a severe storm and torrential rain. Victoria SES warned people in Melbourne and the eastern inner suburbs they were in danger due to flooding, and advised people not to travel through floodwaters. The “freak storm” left drivers trapped in cars, train lines suspended and power outages, according to The Age. Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said over 37 mm of rain fell in an hour in the CBD, 21 mm of which fell in 10 minutes. More severe thunderstorms were expected on Saturday, according to BoM. Credit: ayeshasilvia via Storyful

Fitzroy Streets Flooded After Massive Deluge Hits Melbourne51s

Fitzroy Streets Flooded After Massive Deluge Hits Melbourne

Streets in Fitzroy flooded on Friday, December 14, after a severe storm and torrential rain lashed Melbourne. Victoria SES tweeted that people located in Melbourne and the eastern inner suburbs were in danger due to floodwaters. The “freak storm” left drivers trapped in cars, train lines suspended and power outages, according to The Age. Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said over 37 mm of rain fell in an hour in the CBD, 21 mm of which fell in 10 minutes. More severe thunderstorms were expected on Saturday. Credit: Jasper Coffee via Storyful