Christian Cotroneo
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A former city reporter and columnist, Christian Cotroneo embarked on a three-year odyssey to South Asia in 2008. Along the way, he’s produced features for the likes of the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and CBC. Back home in Toronto, Christian is a front-page editor at Huffington Post Canada.

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Ukraine's Got Talent: Kseniya Simonova's Sand-Art Recounts Wartime Brutality (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:37 AM

These tears in the sand may prove timeless.

A Ukrainian artist's heart-wrenching tale of a nation under siege -- etched in ever-shifting sands -- has been viewed on YouTube more than 26 million times.

"Amazing talent. Touching," writes user Francis Beksonfjord. "This is clearly about the Russian attack...

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Patrick Brazeau's Belongings Appear Hurled Outside In the Snow

(131) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:10 PM

The public life of an embattled Canadian senator has gotten even more uncomfortably public.

A heap of clothing and miscellany scattered haphazardly in the snow was photographed by The Canadian Press outside Patrick Brazeau's home near Ottawa after what police describe as a domestic disturbance.

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Hugh Oliver's Song, 'Way Back When The Leafs Were Good' Takes Us Very, Very Far Back (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:45 AM

This one goes out to the ones we hate... to love.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, a team mired in mediocrity, won't see the light of the NHL playoffs this year.

Winning just two games in their last ten will do that.

On the bright side, there's Hugh Oliver. The...

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Enceladus Ocean: Water On Saturn's Moon Confirmed

(36) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:24 AM

It's been nearly a decade since the Cassini spacecraft peeked in on tiny Enceladus -- and stirred up a storm.

Were those images of water, literally bursting from the thin cracks in the surface of Saturn's icy moon?

Indeed, at about 500 km in diameter -- roughly a...

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Winter 2014: Time-Lapse Animation From GOES Satellite Lends Elegance To Winter Brutality

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Space is such a privileged vantage for chronicling human suffering.

Just ask this satellite, comfortably tracking the billowing murk of misery that was winter 2014, as it churned across the eastern seaboard from January 1 to March 24.

Not that space is all that warm and cozy. But...

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Trophy Hunting: Woman Shoots Giraffe, Poses Triumphantly With Corpse

(159) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:05 AM

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Maybe go on one of those fancy safaris with a rifle and a ready supply of exotic animals to terrorize and kill -- while snapping lots and lots of pictures?

Yeah, same as us.

Yet there do seem to...

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Pig Fell Off Ontario Truck, Resting Up At Cedar Rowe Farm Sanctuary

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:51 AM

This little piggy didn't go to market.

Instead, the fortunate fugitive managed to find love.

According to Cedar Rowe Animal Sanctuary, the fortunate soul tumbled out of a truck near Shakespeare, Ontario last Friday.

The ten-pounder was, according to rescuers, in danger of freezing to death in...

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Woolly Mammoth Clone Is Now Possible, Say Scientists

(42) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Scientists now say they've got enough blood and bone to bring an Ice Age icon kicking and stomping into the modern age.

All thanks to a remarkably well-preserved mammoth found in Siberia last summer.

"The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to...

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Strangers Kissing In 'First Kiss' Is A Beautiful Thing (VIDEO)

(25) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:30 AM

There's something about strangers kissing.

And something more, apparently, about watching them.

Since being posted to YouTube on Monday, artist Tatia Pilieva's short clip, 'First Kiss,' has been viewed millions of times.

The idea?

Ask 20 complete strangers to kiss for the first time.

As it turns out,...
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Gemma Worrall's Tweet About 'Barraco Barner,' The U.S. President, Makes Her Famous

(35) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:26 AM

If Dale Carnegie was around to write a sequel to his 1936 classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, surely exposing oneself to ridicule over social media would be among his platitudes.

Just look at what its done for a 20-year-old beautician from England.

At about 1:30...

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2014 NHL Trade Deadline Buzzing With Big-Name Trades

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 8:17 AM

You've probably been through this before.

Every year, the March 5th NHL trade deadline creeps up on hockey's frozen faithful -- with the promise of blistering trade action.

Stars will be on the move! Finally the Leafs are going to get that big, bruising shutdown defenceman! The Canucks will...

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Sarajevo Olympics 1984: Pictures Show Neglect, Wreckage Of Games Past

(18) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Kiss. Kiss. Bang.

That's pretty much the story of Sarajevo, once a flower of Olympic endeavor.

In 1984, the city in the former Yugoslavia, was hailed as the first Communist host of the Winter Olympics -- a glittering prize for the International Olympics Committee, which has...

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Cat Bites And Depression Linked In U.S. Study

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Next time your cat's giving you the evil eye, it may be because she actually knows something you don't. And definitely steer clear of those teeth.

According to a new study, published in the science journal PLOS ONE, a startling number of people bitten by cats are diagnosed...

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Shirley Temple Dead: Former Child Actor, Dancer, U.S. Ambassador Dies At 85

(14) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:32 AM

She was the grinning, dimpled face of hope during one of America's darkest periods.

Shirley Temple Black , a former child star, diplomat and American icon, has died of natural causes at 85.

According to a statement issued by her family, she died of natural causes Monday night...

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Sochi Stray Dog Barks, Disrupts Olympian On Cross-Country Ski Track

(16) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 8:27 AM

It may be the most dangerous protest in Russia.

But this stalwart stray carries it off with remarkable poise, as he bounds up to a cross-country skier in Sochi during a training run.

Earmarked for execution during these Winter Games, the encounter serves as a stark reminder of...

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Louis DiNatale, American Tourist, Brings Gun To Border, Gets Arrested, Incites Rage Against Canada

(306) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:12 AM

An American couple on a romantic getaway found themselves afoul of Canadian border agents when it turned out they were packing heat, the National Post reports.

Just the small matter of a loaded handgun in the car's centre console. The husband, Louis DiNatale, claims he forgot it was...

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Glass That Bends, But Won't Break

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 7:34 AM

It may soon be possible for people in glass houses to throw stones, chuck wine glasses, but still not hit each other over the head with wine bottles, please.

Researchers at McGill University say they're close to developing a kind of glass that will bend, but not break.


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Cecil Chao, Hong Kong Billionaire, Doubles Reward To Any Man Who Can Turn Lesbian Daughter Straight

(597) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:04 AM

A Hong Kong billionaire is so serious about making his lesbian daughter straight, he has doubled his original offer to any man who can get the job done.

That's $120 million dollars for compelling a 33-year-old woman who's in a happy, long-term relationship to choose a life of unhappy heterosexual...

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Facebook Losing Users, Princeton University Study Suggests -- As Many As 80 Per Cent

(38) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 8:01 AM

If Facebook is a disease, apathy is the cure.

A new study from Princeton University suggests the social media behemoth could shed users en masse between 2015 and 2017.

Researchers at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering drew parallels between Facebook and an infectious disease,...

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Hamilton Police Arrest Video Shows Picture-Perfect Takedown

(68) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:10 AM

When police arrested a woman on the streets of Hamilton, Ontario over the weekend, her shrieks drew a crowd.

And that crowd drew their cameras.

Then again, screams of "He's choking me," from a petite blonde woman with a couple of burly police officers bent over her...

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