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War-weary Syrian artists turn to black humor to mark Christmas

Syrian artists have turned to black humour to depict the brutal war devastating their country as they marked on Wednesday the third Christmas since the deadly conflict erupted. Their works posted on the Internet reflect the tragedy that has struck Syria where violence has reportedly killed more than 126,000 people…

Black Santa shot by pellet gun during D.C. toy giveaway while cameras rolled

An African-America Santa Claus was shot in the back with a pellet gun during a toy giveaway in Washington, D.C. on Christmas Eve — and the whole thing was caught on video by a local news crew. A WJLA photographer was interviewing the Santa Claus as he was waving to…

Indiana University display used negative stereotypes to ask: Can Santa Claus be black?

The University of Indiana ordered the removal this week of a racially charged bulletin board display from a residence hall lobby. Messages intended to spark discussion are sometimes posted on the bulletin board for the Community Education Program at Foster Residence Center, but students complained about some of the messages…

Shopping mall Santa accused of pinching 18-year-old elf’s bottom

A shopping mall Santa from Massachusetts is accused of inappropriately touching one of the elves. Police said 62-year-old Herbert G. Jones, of Assonet, pinched the 18-year-old woman’s buttocks while she was working for a company that photographs children with the costumed Santa Claus performer. The college student said she reported…

Texas family found dead after Christmas shooting

Seven people have been found dead after being shot in a Texas apartment on Christmas day, according to the Associated Press. Police in Grapevine believe that the shooter is among those dead, although a motive for the incident is unclear. Four woman and three men, from ages 18 to 60,…

Mall Santa left dangling after beard gets caught in rappelling accident

A stuntman posing as Santa Claus probably wishes he had flying reindeer after an accident left him dangling from the roof a Florida mall. The Santa impersonator had practiced a grand entrance by descending to the floor of a mall in Palm Beach Gardens, but when it came to show…

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