Iran, Antarctica, United Kingdom, Russia, Nepal, Denmark

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 5:39pm

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Iran, the country showed off their military strength responding to international criticism of its nuclear program. A third of the world's oil tanker traffic passes through their waterway. There's concern that Iran would try to it shut it down if it went to war.

Antarctica – A South Korean ice breaking ship sails to the rescue for the Russian fishing boat that's been frozen in ice for more than a week after a hole was ripped in its hull. Crews on both those ships are working to repair the 12-inch hole.

United Kingdom – Holiday shoppers can't get to the malls because subway drivers have gone on strike. And today is "boxing day" a public holiday where people are encouraged to shop with huge sales. The union workers say they should get paid more on the holiday and get an additional day off.

Russia – No shopping at a mall after a fire devoured the 43-thousand square foot building. Firefighters say the hydrants didn't have enough pressure and that's why the flames got so out of hand.

Nepal – The eighth annual international elephant race kicked off today. This year more than 20-elephants are taking part in it. It’s an event to promote tourism here.

Denmark – The world's most popular polar bear cub has opened its eyes for the first time.

Thousands worldwide have been keeping up with Siku's progress on the internet. His mother didn't produce enough milk to feed him. It's hard to believe 7-pound Siku will grow up to be one of the most ferocious beasts in the wild.

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