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December 31, 2018 9:55 PM Around 120 firefighters tackle 'significant' Croydon warehouse blaze

Local residents have been told to keep their doors and windows closed after a large fire broke out at a self-storage warehouse. Crews were called shortly before 7.50pm and remain at the scene in Purley Way, but the cause of the fire is not known at this stage. Croydon station manager Jason Jones said: "This is a significant fire in a large self-storage 61

December 31, 2018 8:15 PM Awkward moment Sydney's new year fireworks show gets the year WRONG

AUSTRALIA’S new year celebrations were marked by an awkward mishap when Sydney revellers were welcomed into the wrong year. Around one million party-goers packed the waterfront for the annual fireworks show but organisers accidentally projected the wrong year onto the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The words “Happy New Year 2018” were unfortunately 103

December 31, 2018 1:47 PM Louis CK mocks non-binary people and Parkland shooting in new material

Comedian Louis CK, who was accused by five women of sexual harassment in 2017, has allegedly mocked non-binary people and victims of the Parkland school shooting in his new material. In a recording leaked on social media, CK appears to poke fun of young people, who he describes as “just boring.” “[They’re] telling you ‘you shouldn’t say that’, ‘that’s 89

December 31, 2018 12:10 PM Iran TV chief sacked over uncensored Jackie Chan sex scene

Iran's state broadcaster, Irib, has sacked the head of a regional TV channel after it broadcast a Jackie Chan film without removing a sex scene. A video posted online apparently by a viewer on Kish Island showed the Hong Kong martial arts star sleeping with a woman in the film Shinjuku Incident. Iranian media said the "immoral" scene was aired by Kish TV in "total 76

December 31, 2018 12:44 AM Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

The decriminalisation of gay sex was arguably the biggest news story of 2018 in India. So, it wasn't surprising when it became a hotly debated topic at one of the year-end parties I recently attended in Delhi. The common consensus was that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a colonial-era law has pushed the country towards adopting Western ideals 84

December 31, 2018 12:39 AM Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

SENIOR cabinet officials have accused the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, of stopping the necessary funding required to prepare the UK for Brexit. The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has complained to the Treasury, saying his department has only received half of what was required to prepare local councils for Brexit. Mr Brokenshire's department only received 98

December 30, 2018 3:34 AM 'Risk of EXPLOSION' in London as Woodford man ‘refused’ to turn gas off

A MAN has been arrested in north London on suspicion of intent to endanger life after reportedly refusing demands from the police to turn his gas off, risking an explosion. The Metropolitan Police commented: “Police were called to Maybank Road, Woodford, at 9.54pm on Saturday, 29 December, following reports of a gas leak. “It was reported that an occupant 81

December 28, 2018 5:28 PM Cairo tourist bus explosion: Major blast by Egyptian pyramids – fatalities reported

A TOURIST bus has exploded in Egypt's capital Cairo – killing a number of those onboard. Initial tweets on social media suggested two Chinese nationals were among the injured, although other reports indicated they were actually Vietnamese. The pyramids are one of the world's major tourist attractions, attracting almost 15 million visitors annually 96

December 28, 2018 5:29 AM New York awe-struck as sky over Queens turns blue

An explosion at an electrical power station in New York City on Thursday evening lit up the sky with an eerie blue light - and triggered a flurry of speculation on social media. Others thought something supernatural might be to blame for the ghostly glow. Others wondered if the hand of God was at work over New York. A new Pope, or the moment when Evangelicals 62

December 27, 2018 12:01 AM Sweden CRISIS: EU state preparing for chaos in 2019 as mainstream parties shun populists

The country’s centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven was once again rejected by parliament just before Christmas when 200 MPs voted against him becoming prime minister while 116 voted in favour and 28 abstained. The Scandinavian EU member state is now pinning its hopes on resolving the crisis in the New Year when MPs return after a three-week 143