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 »

Japan picks Olympic stadium design to replace Zaha Hadid plan

Kengo Kuma’s design is for a steel and wood structure, with the track and field below ground level. Photograph: Japan Sport Council/EPA Japan has chosen a scaled-down design for the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, five months after scrapping the initial design and construction plan for being too costly. The new model, by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, will ... Read More »

Belligerent Japan to send whale fleet for minke meat

On the hunt … Japan’s research whaling vessel Nisshinmaru bid farewell as the ship departs a port in Shimonoseki, western Japan, for the Antarctic Ocean. Source: AFP JAPAN has declared it will send a whaling fleet to the Antarctic, defying international criticism and a UN legal ruling that the “research” expedition is a commercial hunt in disguise. And now Malcolm ... Read More »

Besieged Afghan forces in Sangin receive airdrops as UK sends troops

Afghan army soldiers patrol in Helmand on Monday. Much of the town of Sangin has been taken over by Taliban forces. Photograph: Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images Ammunition, military equipment and food is being airdropped to besieged Afghan forces battling to prevent the complete fall of Sangin, in Helmand province, according to government officials in Kabul. Analysis Afghanistan highlights a history of ... Read More »