Fire engulfs Dubai hotel ahead of New Year celebrations

A huge fire has engulfed a 63-storey hotel in central Dubai ahead of a New Year’s Eve firework display.
Despite the blaze at the Address hotel, the display at the nearby Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, started as planned at midnight.
Officials say the fire has been…


Two sentenced to death for killing blogger in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced two students to death and awarded various jail terms to six persons including outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team chief for killing activist Ahmed Rajib Haider, the first of a string of brutal murders of secular bloggers.
“They (the two convicts) shall be h…