Tower block collapse in Russia leaves four dead and dozens trapped – video

Up to 40 people are unaccounted for after a gas explosion tore through a residential building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk on New Year’s Eve. A large section of the Soviet-era tower block collapsed at about 6am local time Read More

Venice to charge day-trippers up to €10 to enter city

Mayor says tax will improve monitoring of tourist arrivals and help fund clean-up of litter Day-trippers to Venice will be charged up to €10 (£9) to enter the famous lagoon city as authorities continue to grapple with the tens of Read More

Jimmy Osmond diagnosed with stroke after panto performance

US singer was taken to hospital after performing in Peter Pan in Birmingham last week The US pop singer Jimmy Osmond has suffered a stroke and will take time away from the stage, a spokesperson has said. Osmond completed a Read More

Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop to celebrate journalists

Organizers invited journalists to press ceremonial button following year of worrying developments for press freedom Organisers of the Times Square ball drop, New York City’s traditional New Year’s ceremony, have invited a group of journalists to press the ceremonial button. Read More

Macron's 'year of national cohesion' ends in tatters

French president prepares annual address amid security clampdown and protests More than 147,000 members of the security forces will be deployed to New Year’s Eve celebrations across France as gilets jaunes anti-government protesters were expected on the Champs Élysées in Read More