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Fatal Blasts Hit Kabul During Persian New Year Festival55s

Fatal Blasts Hit Kabul During Persian New Year Festival

Two fatal blasts rocked Kabul city as people gathered to celebrate the Persian new year on March 21, Afghan news sources reported. Afghan state television said that two blasts in the Kart-e-Kakhe area had killed at least two people and injured more than a dozen. Tolo News, who provided this footage, said that six people had been killed. Credit: Tolo News via Storyful

Danish MP Told Her Baby Not Welcome in Parliament5m48s

Danish MP Told Her Baby Not Welcome in Parliament

Due to an exceptional childcare situation, Mette Abildgaard, a Danish MP, had to bring her infant into the parliamentary chamber on March 19, only to be told by the house speaker, Pia Kjaersgaard, that her baby was “not welcome”. Writing about the incident on Facebook, Abildgaard said that her partner, Jens Jacob Juulsager, had been unavailable to look after little Esther Marie. She said that since the baby was in a quiet mood, she decided to bring her into the chamber for a vote, after asking her secretary to come and take the baby if she became upset. In video from the session, Abildgaard can be seen standing holding the baby at the door of the chamber. Kjaersgaard, seated, points towards her and sends her assistant towards her. According to Danish media, speaking after the incident, Kjaersgaard said that babies in the chamber were something you “just don’t have”. Responding on Facebook, Abildgaard said that, in “exceptional situations” and as long as the child was not a disturbance, allowances should be made. Credit: Danish Parliament via Storyful

Queensland Police Hunt Wizard Who May Have Witnessed Grass Fire34s

Queensland Police Hunt Wizard Who May Have Witnessed Grass Fire

Police in Heritage Park, Queensland, are seeking “muggle” assistance to help track down a wizard who may have witnessed a grass fire on Kimridge Drive on Tuesday, March 5. According to police, the wizard was seen in a cape cycling the streets of Heritage Park around the same time a grass fire broke out on March 5. Queensland Police released CCTV images of the wizard hurtling around a Heritage Park residential area in the hope that somebody might recognize the “young wizard.” “Inquiries with local muggles have been unsuccessful to solve this riddle, however, police have ruled out any involvement of He Who Must Be Named,” they wrote on a Facebook post. Credit: Queensland Police Service via Storyful

Former Fan Favorite Isaiah Thomas Says 'I'll Be Back' to Boston Celtic Fans30s

Former Fan Favorite Isaiah Thomas Says 'I'll Be Back' to Boston Celtic Fans

Denver Nuggets point guard Isaiah Thomas returned to Boston on March 18 to take on his former team, the Celtics, and may have hinted at a possible return to the city. Donny Porcaro shared a video of Thomas interacting with fans and posing for photos. “No fourth quarter here has been the same without you,” a fan is heard saying to Thomas, who replies “I’ll be back.” Thomas was traded from the team in 2017 and this marked his first appearance on court at TD Garden since then. The team shared a tribute video during a break in the game, prompting a standing ovation from fans. Thomas’s presence couldn’t stop the Celtics from defeating the Nuggets 114-105. As of writing, the footage has over 200,000 views on Twitter. Credit: Donny Porcaro via Storyful

Queensland Palm Tree Is No Match for Cyclone Trevor32s

Queensland Palm Tree Is No Match for Cyclone Trevor

A palm tree was put to the test when Cyclone Trevor ripped through Lockhart River, Queensland, on March 20, as seen in this video by a local. In the video, wind and rain batter the palm tree, before the cyclone proves too strong and sends the tree toppling, much to the dismay of onlookers who can be heard shrieking in the background. Cyclone Trevor left a trail of damage in far north Queensland communities before it began its journey across the Gulf of Carpentaria towards the Northern Territory, where it was expected to hit as a Category 4 cyclone on March 23, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Credit: hairbymikaylau via Storyful

Giant Inflatable Cucumber Gets Into a Bit of a Pickle on Sydney Harbour38s

Giant Inflatable Cucumber Gets Into a Bit of a Pickle on Sydney Harbour

Excitement over a promotional stunt for Hendrick’s Gin soon fizzled out when a giant cucumber travelling across Sydney Harbour in the name of the brand suddenly toppled off its mooring and burst open. In this video, filmed by a local woman, Vanessa Chapman-Steer, and shared to LinkedIn, workers in a nearby building can be heard marvelling at the large inflated cucumber, a popular garnish used in gin drinks. However, the thrill doesn’t last long. Soon enough, the giant vegetable rips open and deflates into the water, triggering hysterical laughter from onlookers. “Working in picturesque #barangaroo you have the benefit of panoramic #Sydney harbour views. Today, we were surprised to watch the worlds largest cucumber curteousy [sic] of #hendriksgin floating on the harbour. And we were treated to this hilarious promo disaster,” Chapman-Steer said in a post alongside the video. Credit: Vanessa Chapman-Steer via Storyful

Sunken City of Bellevue, Nebraska, Captured From the Air7m39s

Sunken City of Bellevue, Nebraska, Captured From the Air

Drone footage published by local police on Wednesday, March 20, showed the extent of flooding in Bellevue, Nebraska. A bomb cyclone a week earlier contributed to historic flooding across parts of Nebraska and surrounding states. Governor Pete Ricketts called the event “the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state’s history.” Credit: Bellevue Police Department via Storyful

Interstate Highway Becomes 'Island' Strip Amid Iowa Floods35s

Interstate Highway Becomes 'Island' Strip Amid Iowa Floods

Interstate 29 in Iowa was surrounded by water on Wednesday, March 20, as severe flooding continued to affect parts of Nebraska and Iowa. This video shows Iowa State Patrol officers driving down the strip of highway, which is littered by debris. The Missouri River overflowed in March due to heavy rain and snowmelt, causing flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. Three deaths were reported and hundreds of homes destroyed. Credit: Iowa State Patrol via Storyful

'Snow Day' in Long Beach After Hailstorm Hits44s

'Snow Day' in Long Beach After Hailstorm Hits

Long Beach residents were treated to a “snow day” on March 20, when a storm hit the area, leaving a blanket of hailstones in its wake. Local media reported the storm resulted in road closures and flooding. This footage shows hail littering a residential street. The uploader tweeted “Long Beach had a snow day,” and joked he would have a snowball fight. Credit: @Richl562 via Storyful

Kurdish Forces Battling Islamic State in Baghuz Light Fires to Celebrate Kurdish New Year34s

Kurdish Forces Battling Islamic State in Baghuz Light Fires to Celebrate Kurdish New Year

Kurdish forces battling Islamic State in Baghuz lit fires and fired guns to celebrate the upcoming Kurdish new year, Rojava Information Center said. People across eastern and northern Syria prepared for Thursday’s celebrations of Newroz by lighting torches and candles, Kurdish media reported. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on March 19 that they were in control of the Islamic State “encampment area” in Baghuz. The SDF said this was “significant progress” but not outright victory, as a group of IS fighters “confined into a tiny area” were continuing to resist. Credit: Rojava Information Center via Storyful

Plane Catches Fire During Landing at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport35s

Plane Catches Fire During Landing at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport

An Iran Air plane caught fire during its landing into Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Tuesday, March 19. According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, the fire broke out after the airplane’s landing gear failed to open correctly and the plane was forced to land on its body. The Fokker 100 was carrying 100 passengers at the time of the fire but no one was injured, reported Tasnim. Mohammad Reza Motamedi, one of the passengers onboard, uploaded these videos after the plane safely landed. Credit: Mohammad Reza Motamedi via Storyful

Harare Church Volunteers Gather Donations for Cyclone Idai Relief Effort53s

Harare Church Volunteers Gather Donations for Cyclone Idai Relief Effort

Volunteers with the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, gathered donations on March 19 for people affected by Cyclone Idai. The church established itself as a collection point for donations of food, medicine, toiletries and other assorted goods, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported. This footage shows scenes outside the church as people cheer and organize the contributions. Cyclone Idai pummeled southeastern Africa on the week of March 15, leaving an estimated 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique and 200 missing in Zimbabwe, according to reports from South Africa’s News 24. Credit: @1changamire via Storyful

Melting Snow Leads to Flooding on Wisconsin Farmland46s

Melting Snow Leads to Flooding on Wisconsin Farmland

Rising temperatures in Green Lake, Wisconsin, led to severe flooding on farmland, as seen in this footage taken of a field near Prairie Road on March 15. According to local news reports, the high water levels were a result of melting snow. The National Weather Service issued multiple flood warnings for rivers in Green Lake County throughout the week. Credit: Green Lake Association via Storyful

Clean Up Underway After Cyclone Trevor Batters Queensland Town14m32s

Clean Up Underway After Cyclone Trevor Batters Queensland Town

Emergency service crews and residents in the Far North Queensland community of Lockhart River continued their clean up work on March 20 after Cyclone Trevor ripped through the area a day earlier, knocking out power and destroying structures. This video, filmed by local man Enoch Perazim and uploaded to Facebook on March 20, shows damage done to a local Indigenous arts centre. The clip shows trees toppled over onto a car and a building, as well as rubble strewn across the ground. The clean up progress was hampered by rain, Perazim told Storyful. “We are progressing well with [the] clean but stop when we have rain. We still have lots of rain though.” After passing through Far North Queensland, Cyclone Trevor tracked west across the Gulf of Carpentaria and was expected to hit the Northern Territory as a category 4 cyclone on March 23, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet. Credit: Enoch Perazim via Storyful

Gorilla Practices Balancing Act in Cameroon Wildlife Centre40s

Gorilla Practices Balancing Act in Cameroon Wildlife Centre

A gorilla was filmed showing off some fancy footwork while on a tightrope in Limbe, Cameroon, in a video shared on March 20. Limbe Wildlife Centre, a rescue and rehabilitation facility for animals seized from the illegal wildlife trades in Cameroon, shared the clip of one of the resident gorillas. “Whilst silverbacks are far bigger, heavier and less agile than their female counterparts, rescued silverback Batek can still successfully take on the tightrope challenge!” the rescue service wrote in a caption accompanying this footage. In the video, Batek skillfully climbs across the piece of rope and balances on two feet before making it safely to a treetop perch. Credit: Limbe Wildlife Centre via Storyful

Large Cloud of Smoke Rises From Islamic State Encampment in Baghuz2m33s

Large Cloud of Smoke Rises From Islamic State Encampment in Baghuz

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) released a video said to show fighting with Islamic State in Baghuz on March 18. Lorenzo Orsetti, an Italian fighter with the group, was killed in clashes with Islamic State in Baghuz, the group said on March 19. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on March 19 that they were in control of the Islamic State “encampment area” in Baghuz. The SDF said this was “significant progress” but not outright victory, as a group of IS fighters “confined into a tiny area” were continuing to resist. Credit: YPG Press Office via Storyful

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Chugs Red Wine During New York Rangers Game30s

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Chugs Red Wine During New York Rangers Game

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner was caught red-handed when she was filmed chugging a glass of red wine on the Madison Square Garden jumbotron on March 19. Turner, 23, who plays Sansa Stark in the fantasy series, drank the glass of wine as she appeared on the large screen during the second quarter of the New York Giants defeat to the Detroit Red Wings. Footage of Turner shared on Twitter shows her pumping her fist and laughing before wiping wine from her chin. Credit: Chris Rivera via Storyful

Fire at Chemical Plant Near Houston Extinguished After Burning for Three Days45s

Fire at Chemical Plant Near Houston Extinguished After Burning for Three Days

A fire at a chemical plant near Houston was extinguished on March 20 after burning for three days, the Deer Park Emergency Services said. The fire caused a large plume of dark smoke to appear over Houston, local media reported. The Environmental Protection Agency said that air and water samples in the area since the fire had not shown hazardous levels, local media reported. Credit: Harris County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Drone Footage Shows Cyclone Devastation in Beira50s

Drone Footage Shows Cyclone Devastation in Beira

The Red Cross has estimated that at least 400,000 people in Mozambique have been left homeless in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in the city of Beira on March 14 and left it 90 percent destroyed. Officials in Zimbabwe have said the death toll could pass 1,000. In neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi, some 250 deaths were reported. Heavy rain forecast for Mozambique was expected to aggravate rescue efforts on March 20, the Red Cross said. This aerial view of Beira shows the scale of the damage. Credit: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center via Storyful

Vancouver Police Seek Help Finding Suspects in 'Life-Changing' Assault32s

Vancouver Police Seek Help Finding Suspects in 'Life-Changing' Assault

Vancouver Police have appealed for help in identifying the suspects in a violent assault almost a year ago, in the early hours of March 31, 2018, in Yaletown, which they said left a man unconscious and with “life-changing injuries.” Security footage released by police shows several people outside Pierre’s Champagne Lounge on Hamilton Street. In the foreground, a man in a plaid shirt is seen talking to two other men, both wearing baseball caps. One of those two men then punches the man in the plaid shirt twice, knocking him to the ground where he lay unconscious. A third man then stands over the unconscious man, appearing to gesticulate and shout at him aggressively. Police said that when offices arrived, the suspects had fled. Two victims were located, including one with minor injuries. The other victim, a 28-year-old man from Burnaby, sustained “serious” and “life-changing” head injuries, police said. Police described it as a “serious, disturbing assault” and said the victim “continues to deal with the effects of his life-changing injuries.” Credit: Vancouver Police via Storyful

Garden Party the Perfect Stage for Girls' Epic Dance Battle51s

Garden Party the Perfect Stage for Girls' Epic Dance Battle

A get-together in Houston on March 16 turned into the perfect place for two girls to have an epic dance battle. Kendal Lewis shared video of the dance battle to Twitter on March 17, writing, “Ain’t no party if my niece don’t have a dance off.” In the video the two girls showed off their impressive moves, and were cheered on by the watching guests. Credit: Kendal Lewis via Storyful

Police Use Boat to Survey Extensive Flooding in Bellevue, Nebraska24m30s

Police Use Boat to Survey Extensive Flooding in Bellevue, Nebraska

Nebraska police surveyed extensive flooding throughout the city of Bellevue on Tuesday, March 19, streaming live as they travelled through the area by boat. “Historic” flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota has destroyed hundreds of homes, isolated towns and killed at least three people, as levees along the Missouri River and other nearby waterways failed to cope with the inundation, according to reports. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts tweeted that he and Vice President Mike Pence surveyed the flooding by helicopter on Tuesday. Pence said he visited a relief shelter at Elkhorn Middle School and thanked military personnel and volunteers for helping those impacted. A bomb cyclone over the US’ central states contributed heavily to the widespread flooding, according to reports. Credit: Bellevue Police Department via Storyful

Google Fined €1.49 Billion for Breaching EU Advertising Rules5s

Google Fined €1.49 Billion for Breaching EU Advertising Rules

The European Commission handed down a €1.49 billion fine to Google for breaching EU advertising rules on Wednesday, March 20, Google’s third EU fine in three years. In a press release, the commission said: “Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites.” In June 2017, the commission fined Google €2.42 billion for “abusing its dominance as a search engine” to give preference to its own shopping service, and, in July 2018, the commission fined Google €4.34 billion for “illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices” to “strengthen the dominance” of Google’s search engines. Google announced a change to its practices in response to the second fine on Tuesday, March 19. The latest fine comes after Google’s unveiling of a new gaming platform called Stadia, which is expected to launch in 2019. Credit: European Commission via Storyful

Emergency Responders Conduct Rescues as Floodwaters Rise in Iowa31s

Emergency Responders Conduct Rescues as Floodwaters Rise in Iowa

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources conducted a water rescue in Pacific Junction after floodwaters partially submerged homes on Monday, March 18. Video posted by a public information officer with the Iowa State Police shows emergency responders evacuating a man by boat. Flooded homes can be seen in the background. The Missouri River overflowed due to heavy rain and snowmelt, causing flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. Three deaths were reported and hundreds of homes destroyed. Credit: Trooper Miller via Storyful