Runaway lion, wounded elk find home in Russian shelter

A lion that escaped from an airport, a crocodile found at a rubbish dump and an elk attacked by stray dogs — all these animals have found refuge in an unusual private shelter in Russia. Dozens of bears have also passed through the Veles centre, just outside Saint Petersburg, since it was opened in 2009 by businessman Alexander Fyodorov, who says he spent more than $1 million on the project.

Today in History for December 18th

(18 Dec 2018) U.S. Supreme Court upholds the relocation and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War Two; U.S. begins 12 days of heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets; Steven Spielberg is born; Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – publicly premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Dec. 18)

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Saint-Petersburg: residents stuck in Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’ ​

In Saint Petersburg’s largest communal apartment, people barely talk to each other. Living conditions here are dismal and most residents dream of leaving the place for good. Located in the centre of the former imperial capital, the “kommunalka” flat occupies the entire ground floor of a building, with 34 rooms coming off a corridor almost 100 metres (330 feet) long.

First container ship to navigate the Arctic

Videographic showing the Arctic. A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Melting ice caps

Videographic on melting ice caps. A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic as the ice pack melts and recedes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Police arrest protester in Saint Petersburg

A man is arrested during a demonstration against pension reform in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Plans to hike the retirement age have led to a rare outburst of public anger and seen President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings take a hit, despite some efforts to water down the changes. IMAGES

World Cup: Belgium too good for England in World Cup play-off

Belgium achieve their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secure a 2-0 victory over England in the third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg.

France fans wave off team who head to rest before WC final

France leave their team hotel in Saint-Petersburg and head to Moscow, before rejoining their base camp in Istra, where they will rest before facing either Croatia or England in the final of the 2018 World Cup.