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In Ottawa, The Neighborhood Bully Is A House Cat

In Ottawa, The Neighborhood Bully Is A House Cat

While some cities are plagued by youth gangs and others by encroaching wild animals, one neighborhood of Ottawa is reckoning with a small but very scary cat.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Glebe area of the Canadian capital has been terrorized by a relentless pet feline aggressor who swipes at peoples' faces and bullies 100-pound dogs. Despite its collar and name tag, the assailant's identity remains unknown, as the cat is allegedly too violent to approach.

One concerned citizen decided to take matters into her own hands, trying to reach the cat's legal guardian by posting flyers around the neighborhood. "Do you own a stocky grey cat with a blue tag and a shit attitude?" it reads. "Maybe your cat was born an asshole or maybe it's a sign of a condition like toxoplasmosis, hyperthyroidism epilepsy, abscesses, arthritis, dental disease, rabies, trauma, sensory decline or cognitive dysfunction. So please take your animal to the vet and keep it inside."

Forrest Hartman, the flyer's author, told the Canadian daily that "Angry Cat" hasn't turned up since the flyers' presence, perhaps a sign that the pen is mightier than the claw.

Elderly citizens are waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Latest: Russia & Twitter, Arkansas Abortion Ban, 3D Buddha Statue

Welcome to Wednesday, where Myanmar's military hires a PR company, U.S. state of Arkansas bans abortions and a hologram is projected of the giant Buddha destroyed 20 years ago by the Taliban. We've also translated a Jeune Afrique article that follows the fight of a Moroccan collective trying to repeal a bill which criminalizes sexual relations outside marriage.

• 1 in 3 women victims of violence: A landmark WHO report reveals that one in three women globally have been victims of violence or sexual assault at least once in their lives, a number that has not decreased in the past two decades. The World Health Organisation study is the largest ever to track the prevalence of violence in 161 countries aimed at women and girls age 15 and up was collected between 2000 and 2018 — so does not account for the pandemic.

Brazil hospitals overrun: Brazil again breaks its daily COVID-19 death toll record, as its health institute warns that hospitals are close to collapse.

• Myanmar junta hires PR firm: Myanmar's generals hire Canadian lobbying firm Dickens & Madson for $2 milion to work on their behalf as the military appears to be taking a more deadly stand in quelling pro-democracy protests.

• Russia to slow Twitter: Russia has announced that it will throttle Twitter speeds, effectively preventing the viewing of photos and videos, citing "illegal content" on the platform.

• Arkansas bans abortions: The U.S. state of Arkansas has passed the strictest abortion ban in the country, part of a conservative effort to bring the issue to the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

China and Russia to build space station: The two countries have agreed to jointly construct a lunar space station that will be open to research and visits from "all countries."

• Thai PM douses reporters: In an effort to dodge reporters' questions on a possible cabinet reshuffle, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha misted the audience multiple times with hand sanitizer spray.

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