Blaze hits Dubai skyscraper, New Year’s fireworks proceed nearby

Fire engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper in Dubai on Thursday night, but with the block evacuated and only minor injuries reported authorities went ahead with a New Year’s fireworks display at the world’s tallest building a few hundred metres away. Tongues of flame shot skywards from one side of the luxury Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block, which stands across ... Read More »

Germany shuts train stations amid global New Year security scares

Europe ushered in the New Year with heightened security fears on Friday as German police evacuated two train stations in Munich, citing a tip about a planned suicide bomb attack, and Belgium held three people over an alleged plot. Security forces in many capitals were on raised alert after a year of militant attacks, including an attack on Paris in ... Read More »

‘Holy war of justice’: Kim Jong-un warns against provocation in New Year speech

North Korean leader uses regular rhetoric against ‘invasive outsiders’, but stays away from past nuclear weapon and missile threats A television screen shows a broadcast of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s New Year speech, in which he threatened war if provoked by outsiders. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images North Korean leader Kim Jong-un used his New Year’s speech on Friday to ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton was told Angela Merkel is against ‘Obama phenomenon’

Emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state reveal top adviser warned that the German chancellor disliked ‘atmospherics’ around the new president German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Barack Obama at a news conference at the White House in February. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images Hillary Clinton was informed that German chancellor Angela Merkel is hostile to the “Obama phenomenon” ... Read More »

Munich suicide bomb plot: police hunt Isis suspects behind New Year’s Eve threat

German authorities receive foreign intelligence tipoff warning that up to seven suicide bombers would attack two of the city’s train stations Armed police patrol outside Pasing railway station in Munich on Friday after intelligence reports warned of a string of suicide bomb attacks on city stations. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images Police in Munich are hunting Islamic State suspects after a ... Read More »

Ten people missing as passenger plane disappears in eastern Indonesia

Missing … a DHC-6 Twin Otter plane has disappeared in eastern Indonesia with 10 people on-board A PASSENGER plane carrying 10 people on a domestic flight is missing in eastern Indonesia, an official said Friday. Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said the DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact while on a flight in South Sulawesi province. He said the plane ... Read More »

Doctor who ordered unnecessary heart surgery and risky tests jailed for 20 years

Dr Harold Persaud faces 20 years in prison for healthcare fraud involving risky and unnecessary procedures. Photograph: Screengrab A cardiologist who ordered patients to undergo unnecessary open heart surgery and performed risky tests and procedures in order to reap fraudulent payments from Medicare and private insurers has been sentenced to 20 years in a US federal prison. Dr Harry Persaud, ... Read More »

Major 7.3 earthquake hits off Vanuatu, no tsunami warning

Shaken … an earthquake has struck off the coast of Vanuatu. A POWERFUL 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, but no tsunami threat was detected, seismologists said. The quake hit at a depth of 131km, about 335km from the capital Port Vila, the United States Geological Survey said, meaning it had less impact on the surface ... Read More »

Desert tower raises Chile’s solar power ambition to new heights

Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner Atacama 1 concentrated solar power plant being built by Spanish firm ... Read More »

Australian victims of Fox Glacier helicopter tragedy in New Zealand named

TWO young Australian tourists were among seven people killed when a helicopter crashed into a glacier during a joy flight in New Zealand. The sightseeing helicopter plunged into the Fox Glacier, a popular tourist site on the west coast of the South Island, on Saturday. It was heavily overcast and raining at the time. Leang Sovannmony and Josephine Gibson, both ... Read More »