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Review: Soulpepper rides a streetcar to success with bold new remount Special

Toronto - What a work of art “A Streetcar Named Desire” is. Brutal yet sensitive; poetic and tragic, but loaded with raw, frightening energy – Tennessee Williams’ classic play is no less powerful now than it was in 1947, even as norms have changed.

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ hits High Park with energy and style Special

Toronto - “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the Shakespeare tragedies that’s hard to make fresh. Even for those who don’t care for the Bard, it’s too familiar, over-referenced and over-parodied, and everything about it now seems like a stale cliché.

Review: Hilarity and despair mix well in wonderful new take on ‘Godot’ Special

Toronto - “Waiting for Godot” may be famous as The Play In Which Nothing Happens, but Soulpepper Theatre Company’s new production in Toronto is so alive and emotionally resonant, you’ll come out of it feeling as if you’ve seen everything.

Review: Strong ‘Lear’ in Toronto’s High Park brings women to forefront Special

Toronto - It’s 2017, and it’s beyond time that the women of the acting world got to walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare’s great tragic heroes. Canadian Stage’s new “King Lear”, with Diane D’Aquila in the lead, makes a strong case.

Billie Joe Armstrong defends Green Day in time of tragedy

Green Day front-man and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billie Joe Armstrong defended his band in time of tragedy, after acrobat Pedro Aunion Monroy's death.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ in Toronto’s High Park scores with strong lead, energy Special

Toronto - How do you scrunch “Hamlet” down to ninety minutes without killing the plot or losing too many of the great soliloquies? Sounds like an impossible task, but Canadian Stage manages to pull it off in a surprisingly solid High Park production.

French daredevil dies after fall from balloon

Drome - A French stuntman famous for his wing-suit work, sky-diving, BASE-jumping and tightrope walking has died while preparing for another stunt.

Review: David Fox owns the stage in otherwise routine 'King Lear' in T.O. Special

Toronto - As Edmund the bastard might put it, the wheel of David Fox’s association with Theatre Passe Muraille is come full-circle. A cast member of 1972’s legendary “The Farm Show”, Fox is back at the Toronto venue as the Bard’s greatest tragic hero.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

Toronto - There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.

Pleasure cruise turns nightmarish following boating mishap

Boston - A teenager has lost a limb and remains in critical condition following a Saturday night boating incident in Boston Harbor that saw the ship's captain arrested for operating the boat while intoxicated.

Notre Dame student plunges to his death a day before graduation

South Bend - A student of the University of Notre Dame died this weekend, only about a day before he was set to graduate, after he fell from the roof of an athletic building on campus.

Parents fall off cliff while taking selfie, leave children behind

According to reports a couple was taking photos near a cliff while on vacation with their children. While taking a "selfie" with their children they slipped and fell off the edge.

California beachgoer suffocates when sand hole collapses

Half Moon Bay - A young California man died Monday when a deep hole he was digging at a popular Half Moon Bay beach collapsed, trapping him below ground for a half-hour.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

Review: CanStage tries to soften 'Titus Andronicus' brutality in Toronto Special

Toronto - Not that I'm a fan of Trigger Warnings, but if any Shakespeare play really needs to be preceded by one, it's “Titus Andronicus”. Murder, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, racism — this early Bard tragedy is a grim celebration of meaningless atrocity.

Bystanders film burning victims instead of getting help

Dallas - In an extremely disturbing and disheartening turn of events bystanders pulled over at a terrible accident not to help, but to film the horrific fire and those trapped inside.

Video captures large section of street swept away by river

Abaetetuba - Footage captured from a CCTV security camera show the moment when part of a street in northern Brazil was swallowed up by a large crater, sending people scurrying for their lives.

25 years on a mother learns son died in Lockerbie plane tragedy

Lockerbie - On December 21, 1998, Pan Am Flight 103 from Heathrow to New York exploded over the small Scottish town of Lockerbie killing 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. 25 years on, one mother learns that her son died in the tragedy.

Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub; kills 8, injures 32

Glasgow - At 10:25 p.m. local time Friday, a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a pub in Glasgow, Scotland. Early figures — that one person was dead and 32 injured — have been revised up.

Latvia supermarket roof collapse kills at least 54

Riga - A roof at a supermarket in Latvia collapsed Thursday and latest reports are that at least 54 people are dead. The cause of the collapse is being linked to work installing a roof-garden.

Deadly cyclone Cleopatra hits Italian island of Sardinia, 18 dead

Olbia - In a year of modern-day weird weather the latest tragedy reported is from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. A deadly cyclone has struck the Italian island, the second largest in the Med, and there are reports at least 18 people have been killed.

Review: Toronto's 'Macbeth' in High Park lacks tragic feeling and scope Special

Toronto - Nothing undermines a Shakespeare play like a tragic hero who can't arouse your sympathy. And “Macbeth”, in which the title role is a murderous usurper, particularly requires a lead who can charm empathy from an audience, in order for it to work.

People pay tribute to lives lost in submarine tragedy

In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, hundreds of people gathered on the seacoast on Saturday to remember the lives that were lost in sinking of submarine more than 50 years ago.

Costa Concordia survivors and relatives mark anniversary

Giglio - One year ago today a cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, sank off the coast of Italy. 32 people died in the tragedy and today the anniversary has been marked.

'The Dark Knight Rises' to break records despite Aurora shootings

Burbank - Following the tragedy of what is now dubbed the “Dark Knight Massacre”, executives at Warner Brothers are rethinking their marketing strategy.

Woman falls to death on anniversary hang-gliding trip

An exciting anniversary present - a gliding experience over British Columbia’s Fraser Valley - ended tragically at the weekend when Lenami Godinez, 27, fell to her death while her boyfriend was video taping the shocking event.

Op-Ed: The 30th anniversary of Hyatt Hotel tragedy in Kansas City Special

Kansas City - Three decades ago the skywalks at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri collapsed and "more than 70 tons of concrete and steel came down" killing 114 people.

Op-Ed: Bernie Madoff the tragedy continues

Mark Madoff son of Bernie Madoff found hanging in his Soho apartment is but another sad note in the ever expanding story of the pain caused by his father.

William Shakespeare dies in real-life tragedy

Australian singer William Shakespeare, who had hit songs during the 1970s, died this week at the age of 61, following years filled with depression, alcohol and poverty.

Newborn girl dies after road collision in the Scottish Borders

A serious road collision in the Scottish Borders has resulted in the tragic death of a newborn baby girl who was born as the Honda Civic car her mother was travelling in collided with a Volkswagen Golf which was coming in the opposite direction.
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Members of the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard conduct search and rescue operations in Moore, Okla., in response to the May 20, 2013
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Plane crash at the Shoreham Air Show  Sussex  August 22  2015.
Plane crash at the Shoreham Air Show, Sussex, August 22, 2015.
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum  souther...
A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
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Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner s new production of t...
Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner's new production of the opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, opens the Met season on September 23, 2013. Photo: Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
Plane crash at the Shoreham Air Show  Sussex  August 22  2015.
Plane crash at the Shoreham Air Show, Sussex, August 22, 2015.
Via Dan Tube
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
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Turning left can be dangerous.
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A Japanese military rescued 65-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa  ten miles out at sea  two days after the...
A Japanese military rescued 65-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa, ten miles out at sea, two days after the tsunami that followed the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. He was found drifting on top of a roof of his destroyed house.
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