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Explosion Rips Through Bar in Japan's Sapporo

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