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Santa Claus was at a mall in Vancouver recently and I tried to talk to him there but too many bleeping kids around. He said he was hiking back to his sleigh on Whistler and I could join him. He said it wouldn't be easy but I could hardly up the chance.

NDP's Faisal Hassan, Running for Etobicoke North Nomination Special

After serving the NDP and the Canadian public in various capacities, Mr. Faisal Hassan, a prominent social activist and human rights advocate is seeking the NDP nomination for the next Federal election in Etobicoke North.

'Star Wars' Christmas light display is 'outta this world'

You have got to love this guy in Fremont, California. He loves the Star Wars movies, and it's apparent in his Christmas lighting display, which, by the way, can be seen for miles. So be sure to let the video accompanying this story run on "full screne."

Mother arrested over deaths of eight children at Australian property: police

The mother of most of the eight children reportedly found stabbed to death in a house in the Australian city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said Saturday.

Intel report: North Korea deployed 'terror teams' to attack U.S.

North Korea sent covert commando teams to infiltrate the United States to carry out possible terrorist attacks against major cities and nuclear power plants, a declassified US intelligence report has revealed.

Mexican student protesters vandalise SUV carrying mayor

Dozens of protesting students vandalised an SUV carrying the mayor of the Mexican coastal city of Acapulco on Friday, demanding justice over the presumed murder of 43 classmates.

New York cop punches black youth being handcuffed, on video

Upon the heels of the New York grand jury failing to indict a white officer in the death of black Eric Garner comes, again caught on video, another incident where a white officer is aggressive to a black suspect. No death, but a flurry of punches.

Arctic offshore drilling company pleads guilty to crimes

A drilling company has pleaded guilty to environmental and maritime crimes in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.

Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker's comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation.

MPAA: 'It is a despicable, criminal act'; Obama weighs in, too

In his last press conference of the year, President Obama said he wished Sony had not pulled "The Interview." He and his family head to Hawaii for a holiday break.

AirBnB flat owner in Spain jailed for raping two US renters

A Colombian national was convicted Friday by a court in Spain to nearly 12 years in prison for raping two American tourists who rented his room through the flat-sharing website AirBnB.

Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: 'We will respond'

US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

Abused in childhood, Swiss victims seek compensation

Beaten, forced to work, even sterilised -- victims of a brutal policy that saw thousands of Swiss children taken from their families and mistreated completed Friday the process to have their demand for compensation put to a popular vote.

US accuses North Korea of Sony hack

The United States said Friday that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, warning that those responsible would face punishment, as an envoy for Pyongyang again denied involvement.

Facebook friend rejection prompts suspect to slap elderly woman

A Florida woman is in jail for reportedly slapping an elderly person for rejecting a social media request on the Internet.

Wyoming Capitol Square Project over time and over budget

Unforeseen complications are slowing down the work on the renovation project of Wyoming’s Capitol and the adjacent Herschler Building. These complications will also send the base $259 million price tag climbing.

Turkey court arrests TV chief on 'terror' charges

A Turkish court on Friday remanded in custody the head of a national TV network and three ex-police officers on terrorism charges, in a case linked with a top foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has strained EU ties.

Colombia's FARC kills 5 soldiers on eve of truce: army

Colombia's FARC guerrillas killed five soldiers Friday in an attack that came on the eve of a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace negotiations, the army said.

Ferraris gone as Spain king polishes image

Six months into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI is gently polishing the monarchy's scandal-hit image, getting rid of royal Ferraris and publishing palace accounts -- but critics are demanding he try harder.

Pakistan cleric says anti-Taliban fight 'un-Islamic'

The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque Friday called an army offensive against the Taliban "un-Islamic" and said the militants' massacre of 133 children was in retaliation for air strikes against them.

IS group threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

Ferguson Witness 41 says she taped Brown shooting, trashed phone

A Ferguson grand jury witness, identified in the records as "Witness 41," said she videotaped the Aug. 9 confrontation between Officer Darren Wilson and teenager Michael Brown on her cell phone, but later, accidentally, dropped the phone into the toilet.

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: Police

A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli police said, adding that it fell on open ground without causing casualties or damage.It was the third rocket attack since the end in August of the 50-day Gaza war.

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief

A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.

World Cup corruption report to be released — Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday a report into alleged corruption surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be released in "an appropriate form".

Two convicted militants executed as Pakistan strikes back after school massacre

Pakistan hung two convicted militants in the first executions in six years and security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants Friday as the country's leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people d...

Three off-duty police officers attacked in Liverpool, one dead

An off-duty police officer has been killed and two others attacked in a city centre night club area in Liverpool. Police are not saying whether the attack was targeted due to the men's profession.

Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month

Details on the identity of a mystery skeleton found in a massive tomb dating from the era of Alexander the Great in Greece are to be revealed next month, the culture ministry said Friday.

China MH370 families protest for information on missing plane

Grieving family members of Chinese passengers from a missing Malaysia Airlines flight protested outside the foreign ministry in Beijing Friday accusing the government of failing to provide them with regular updates on the search for the aircraft.

US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks

The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.

Vietnam rescues 12 trapped by tunnel collapse

Twelve people trapped in a collapsed tunnel were freed Friday after a four-day ordeal which saw rescuers pass oxygen and food through a small hole while they pulled away debris, state media reported.

Man rams gas-laden car into Spain ruling party HQ

A man rammed a car loaded with gas cylinders into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's conservative ruling party on Friday, police said.The canisters did not explode and there were no injuries, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Toronto police shoot man cutting himself with knife

Toronto police shot a man who wielded a knife in the loading dock area of a Walmart in the Agincourt Mall Thursday afternoon. As many as three shots were fired and the Toronto Star reported that the man was hit twice in the abdomen but is still alive.

Hong Kong tycoon, former official guilty of corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government's former deputy leader Rafael Hui were found guilty of corruption on Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance.

New U.S. sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

New U.S. legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

8 kids found stabbed in Australian home, suspect Mom talks to God

Another tragedy in Australia as on Friday morning eight children in a home were found dead and a woman was alive but had stab wounds to her chest. Some reports say all were stabbed. The police said there is no concern beyond it being a horrific tragedy.

Op-Ed: Mexico — 1st place for worst human rights developments 2014 Special

In its December 16 report, Freedom House says developments in Mexico for human rights the worst, citing the recent murder of 43 students by corrupt officials in cahoots with drug gangs. This Digital Journalist based in Mexico tells you why.

Boston Uber driver accused of kidnapping, rape of customer

A Boston man working as an Uber driver is facing charges for allegedly raping and kidnapping a young woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service earlier this month, authorities said.

Pakistan to challenge bail for Mumbai attacks 'mastermind'

A Pakistani government prosecutor said Friday he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which sparked strong condemnation from India.

U.S. Marine accused of Philippine murder appears in court

A U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines appeared in court on Friday for the first time since her death more than two months ago.

Umbrellas banned as China's Xi arrives in Macau

President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub's return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas -- the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.