Shenzhen landslide: 11 arrested in China over ‘man-made disaster’

The 11 were charged with negligently causing a serious accident, over landslide on 20 December that killed at least 12 Police officer stands guard as rescuers conduct a search operation for potential survivors in Shenzhen. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP Authorities in China have arrested 11 people in connection with a landslide of construction waste that killed 12 people and left 62 ... Read More »

Return of Texas ‘affluenza’ teen delayed, mother jailed in U.S.

The Texas teenager derided for his “affluenza” defence in a deadly drunken-driving case won a weeks-long in delay in extradition from Mexico, while his mother was in a Los Angeles jail on Thursday after being deported. A court in Mexico granted fugitive 18-year-old Ethan Couch, who faces likely incarceration in Texas, a stay against deportation following his illegal entry into ... Read More »

China says extremism losing grip in restless Xinjiang

The religious atmosphere in China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang became markedly less radical last year and the government was broadly successful in maintaining stability, the top official there was quoted as saying on Friday. Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few years in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence ... Read More »

Suspected IS supporter charged with New Year’s Eve plot in upstate NY

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is tested atop the roof of One Times Square on the day before New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Manhattan borough of New York December 30, 2015. REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON A 25-year-old man accused of planning to attack a restaurant in upstate New York on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with ... Read More »

Ben Carson’s top aides quit in another blow to Republican’s campaign

The candidate’s numbers in opinion polls have dropped ahead of the first contest – in Iowa on 1 February – for the Republican nomination Despite the poll numbers, the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign on Wednesday announced a fourth-quarter fundraising haul of about $23m, with 600,000 unique donors. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP The campaign manager of Republican Ben Carson’s presidential run and another ... Read More »

North Korea’s Kim blames South for mistrust in New Year speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 29, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blamed South Korea on Friday for increased mistrust in a New Year speech after a ... Read More »

Imprisoned Saudi blogger’s health deteriorating, wife says

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, poses with a portrait of her husband as she receives the 2015 Sakharov Prize on his behalf during a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/VINCENT KESSLER Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, recent recipient of a prestigious European human rights award, has suffered fainting spells ... Read More »

Massive fire at Dubai skyscraper interrupts New Year’s Eve fireworks

A huge fire which engulfed part of a luxury hotel in Dubai, near where revellers had gathered to watch a New Year’s Eve fireworks display, has been brought under control without any fatalities. The inferno lit up the side of the Address Downtown hotel near the centre of the city, scattering bystanders and shoppers in a nearby mall. The Dubai ... Read More »

China arrests 11 for deadly landslide, death toll now 12

An aerial view shows excavators and rescuers work among the debris at the site of a landslide which hit an industrial park on Sunday, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 23, 2015. Chinese authorities have formally arrested 11 people for their role in a deadly landslide last month in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen and charged them with negligently causing ... Read More »

Floods swamp Missouri, Illinois; nine million people in risk areas

Towns in Tennessee and southern Illinois prepared on Thursday to cope with potential flooding after rain-swollen rivers washed out hundreds of structures in Missouri, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma and forced thousands to flee their homes. As of Thursday morning, some 9.3 million people nationwide were in areas with flood warnings. That was down from 12.1 million on Wednesday and 17.7 ... Read More »