LONDON — A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques and endangered silvery gibbons. But creatures that were kept near the fire’s starting point in the Monsoon Forest habitat area could not be saved. Chief Operating Officer Jamie Christon says it’s “absolutely heart-breaking to lose any animal, especially when conservationists have worked so hard to breed these wonderful species.”The zoo, which is near Chester, south of the English city of Liverpool, says the cause of Saturday’s fire remains under investigation.
December 16, 2018 13:30 UTC
JAKARTA, INDONESIA—A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 metres into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency’s spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. This handout picture taken and released on December 16, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows Mount Soputan volcano erupting as seen from Pinabetengan in southeast Minahasa in North Sulawesi Province. Residents were also warned against the possible flowing of lava into rivers around the volcano, and urged to wear masks in case of ash rain. Article Continued BelowSoputan, which stands 1,784 metres tall, is one of Indonesia’s more than 120 active volcanoes.
December 16, 2018 13:18 UTC
After an accidental trip via courier service, a 17-hour drive and a 2,400-kilometre round trip, the cat came back. Purolator employees discovered the cat in Montreal and called the local SPCA, which tracked down its owners. She and her family thought the cat might have escaped while the kids were leaving for school. "I didn't have money to travel to Montreal to get my cat back, but we got him. Baloo is safe and sound after volunteers drove him from Montreal to Dartmouth, N.S.
December 16, 2018 13:07 UTC
An Edmonton employer convicted of assaulting a 17-year-old boy last year at a remote worksite is accusing the victim and his parents of attempted extortion and forcing him into a false confession. In recently filed court documents, Kamaljit Bhalla denies assaulting the teen and uttering threats against him, though he pleaded guilty to the criminal offences earlier this year. Bhalla is seeking $500,000 in damages in a counter lawsuit, filed in response to a civil claim launched by the teen following the criminal trial. Kamaljit Bhalla was convicted of assaulting two teens at a remote worksite in March 2017. In September, the older teen filed a lawsuit against Bhalla seeking $500,000 in damages plus future loss of income and cost of future care.
December 16, 2018 12:56 UTC
BERLIN — Bavarian authorities say the 38-year-old German man arrested in connection with stabbing three women in Nuremberg last week has a long criminal record, including a sexual assault conviction. The three separate stabbings took place late Thursday and all the women are still in the hospital being treated for their injuries. Authorities said Sunday that the man, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested Saturday morning after police stopped him because he fit the description of the suspect. He was found in possession a knife and investigators linked him to the attacks through DNA analysis. Prosecutor Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke says the suspect has 18 convictions, primarily for theft but also for drugs, fraud and one for sexual assault in 2002.
December 16, 2018 12:45 UTC
For generations, "trigger mitts" kept Newfoundlanders' hands warm as they hunted, fished, picked berries, or hung laundry in all sorts of weather. Over the years, the unique design has largely disappeared — but now two avid Newfoundland knitters are rescuing trigger mitts from oblivion. It includes instructions for making trigger mitts, as well as traditional Newfoundland designs for conventional mittens and gloves. Liam McKenna, the brewmaster at Yellowbelly Brewery in St. John's, N.L., wears trigger mitts when shovelling grains into buckets during the winter. "My cousin who was a sailor and built boats — he always wore trigger mitts because it enabled his fingers to work," said Scammell.
December 16, 2018 12:22 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Sunday’s magnitude 6.1 quake had a depth of 61 kilometres (38 miles). The epicenter was about 144 kilometres (89 miles) south-southwest of the province’s capital, Jayapura. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement that the quake caused residents in nearby districts to run out of their houses in panic. Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”
December 16, 2018 12:11 UTC
Two awesome, relaxed, largely identical, somehow overlapping pregnancies in one year, while eating so much calcium you could break an I-beam over her back. Cover: Has Chris Pratt gotten his girlfriend pregnant? can confidently report that the couple went to Disneyland and “were spied cuddling between rides.” You know what means, if — like tabloid editors — you love, love, love kids but failed biology in middle school. Kid stuff: George Clooney and his wife Amal are expecting again as well — with twins. STAR Cover: You read it first in Star: Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant again.
December 16, 2018 12:11 UTC
Winnipeg-based Indigenous artist Troy Fontaine creates elaborate costumes from garbage, recycled and reclaimed materials he finds in dumpsters. She also co-produced a new short film for CBC, called Trash Can Picasso, about his art:Winnipeg-based Indigenous artist Troy Fontaine creates elaborate costumes from garbage, recycled and reclaimed materials he finds in dumpsters. Fontaine has made elaborate Beetlejuice, an Alien movie xenomorph, and Predator costumes, all from garbage, cast-offs and materials he has found or repurposed. Winnipeg-based filmmaker Sherry Larocque, captured her uncle, artist Troy Fontaine's story, in a new short film called Trash Can Picasso. Winnipeg artist Troy Fontaine in his Alien costume, which he made entirely from garbage, repurposed or repurposed materials he found or scavenged.
December 16, 2018 12:00 UTC
As far back as the 1700s, families would gather around during long winter nights and tell ghost stories by gas or candlelight. Those seasonal apparitions have risen once again, thanks to a little conjuring from acclaimed cartoonist Seth and his pocket-sized Christmas Ghost Stories series, published by Windsor, Ont. About 20 years ago, Seth picked up an old anthology of Victorian ghost stories, The Haunted Looking Glass, illustrated by one of his idols, Edward Gorey. “It’s hard to find a good ghost story that actually scares you unless you read it in just the right circumstances,” Seth says. Seth avoids supernatural stories where characters are suddenly able to see into the future, for instance.
December 16, 2018 12:00 UTC
Israel signalled displeasure on Sunday with Australia's recognition of West Jerusalem as its capital, with a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying it was a mistake to gainsay Israeli control over the whole city. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in a 1967 war and annexed it as its capital in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as capital of the state they hope to found in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't immediately move its embassy there. "All of Jerusalem remains a final-status issue for negotiations, while East Jerusalem, under international law, is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory," he said.
December 16, 2018 11:48 UTC
BEIRUT — Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections. The demonstration in Beirut was organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis. One banner reads: “Off to the streets: enough talk. ” Protester Osama Assad said failure to form the government only “doubles the risks.” Hanna Gharib, of the Communist Party, said the protests would escalate. Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighbouring Syria and other issues.
December 16, 2018 11:42 UTC
A 16 year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a train early Sunday morning at the Dorval commuter train station. Police say it appears the boy was trying to jump onto a moving train. Police say the train was moving very slowly but the boy hit his head. The boy is now in hospital with a serious head injury. Investigators are trying to determine why he was trying to jump onto the train.
December 16, 2018 11:37 UTC
FIVE THINGSON THE MOVEThe Oilers aren’t just climbing in the standings, they are charging. RECENT HISTORYThis has been a homer series in recent times with the Oilers beating Vancouver both times in Edmonton (5-2 on Jan. 20 and 3-2 on Apr. 7) and the Canucks winning both games at home (3-2 on Oct. 7 and 2-1 on Mar. CLOSE CALLSThe Oilers are 11-1-3 in one-goal games this season, including a pair of 1-0 victories just 12 days apart against Dallas and Calgary. SOFTENED UPThe Canucks will be playing their second game in as many nights after Saturday’s game with Philadelphia, which is becoming a helpful trend as far as the Oilers are concerned.
December 16, 2018 10:52 UTC
Residents at a Waterloo long term care home have joined voices with a group of over 40 elementary students for a lively Christmas concert, which is set for Wednesday at The Village at University Gates. "People are just going to eat it up," said Tracy Weber, a music teacher at Laurelwood Public School and the driving force behind the concert. That said, the students and residents have been hard at work, practicing a wide repertoire of carols and classic holiday songs. The students have been coming to the long term care home once a week since mid November to practice. "They keep us young," said John Hynd, who lives at University Gates and is singing in the choir.
December 16, 2018 10:52 UTC