More than 30 dead in maternity ward fire at Saudi hospital Firefighters gather outside the Jazan General Hospital Blaze at Jazan General Hospital broke out on the intensive care unit and the maternity ward Battle for Sangin: US comes to Afghan army’s aid with air strikes as Taliban seizes territory

More than 30 dead in maternity ward fire at Saudi hospital
Firefighters gather outside the Jazan General Hospital
Blaze at Jazan General Hospital broke out on the intensive care unit and the maternity ward
Battle for Sangin: US comes to Afghan army’s aid with air strikes as Taliban seizes territory
An Afghan National Army soldier searches a passenger at a checkpoint on the way to the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015
Afghan forces scramble to beat back the Taliban from Sangin as insurgents claimed to have captured nearly the entire opium-rich district, following the first British deployment to the volatile region in 14 months
China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law
The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in Western capitals as it could require technology firms to install
China’s draft anti-terrorism law effectively allows mass surveillance
Americans to be compensated for Iran hostage crisis after 34 years
One the hostages is shown blindfolded at the gates of the U.S. embassy
The 38 survivors of the 1979 Tehran siege are finally receiving compensation from the US government
Merkel “briefed by British spies on Isil”
Chancellor Angela Merkel
British intelligence has briefed the German chancellor on the threat posed by the jihadist group
How the RAF is helping Iraqi forces to retake Ramadi from Islamic State
Iraqi pro-government forces stand next to armored vehicles as they take position in al-Aramil area, south of the Anbar province’s capital Ramadi, during military operations on December 22, 2015.
The RAF has delivered 36 per cent of all coalition air strikes around Ramadi over the last week
Russia seeks ‘international arrest warrant’ for Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Mikhail Khodorkovsky who denies the accusations, spent more than a decade in prison on charges of tax evasion which were widely believed to be politically motivated
The Kremlin continues its campaign against one of Vladimir Putin’s foremost critics, accusing Khodorkovsky of two murders, as he says he would like to apply for asylum in the UK
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Madonna goes to court in feud with Guy Ritchie to force son Rocco to return to New York
Guy Ritchie, Jacqui Ainsley, Rocco Richie and David Banda at ‘The Man From Uncle’ premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York
Singer wins legal bid to have 15-year-old son forced to board a plane from London despite him wanting to stay in the UK for Christmas
Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, to return
The Colossus of Rhodes, 1760. Artist: Anonymous
Architects plan to build new statue five times the size of the original, over 2,000 years after it was destroyed by an earthquake
At least 11 dead as storms and tornadoes sweep across US
85312259_Damaged trees are seen in the Roundaway community near Clarksdale Miss Wednesday Dec 23
At least 11 people were killed as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmas tornadoes in the U.S. South
Man who risked death to reach Europe wins €400,000 in Christmas lottery
A young unemployed immigrant, Imagen de Ngagne, reacts after discovering that he has one ticket of the number 79,140, the first prize of El Gordo Christmas lottery, in Roquetas de Mar, Andalusia, southern Spain, 22 December 2015.
Ngagne is one of many who won €400,000 in the annual El Gordo (The Fat One) lottery this week
A 2,000-year-old ancient Roman laundromat open to public for first time
In its day, the Fullonica di Stephanus, as it is officially known, was equipped with large baths for rinsing dirty tunics and stone basis for dyeing fabrics
An ancient dry cleaner’s where ancient Romans brought their tunics to be dyed and washed is among six newly restored buildings in Pompeii to be opened to the public
Dinner lady sacked for giving free lunch to hungry girl
Lunch lady Dalene Bowden
Thousands sign a petition for Dalene Bowden – a school dinner lady fired for giving a free lunch to a hungry 12-year-old girl shortly before Christmas

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