Fire-fighters try to extinguish a fire at Kiss nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria. At least 200 people were killed

At least 232 killed in Brazil nightclub blaze 'after musician set fireworks off on stage'

Estimates in local media claim that up to five hundred people were in the club

Water cannon deployed as 16 police are injured in fresh Belfast flag protests

Sixteen police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.

Hundreds of people attend the arrival of Argentina's frigate Libertad in Mar del Plata

Argentina welcomes home ship held in Ghana by US 'vulture fund'

Naval vessel impounded for two and half months returns to triumphant homecoming

Sergei Polonsky's construction businesses collapsed in 2008

Russian tycoon faces jail after arrest for threatening Cambodian sailors

A Russian tycoon arrested in Cambodia for threatening local sailors is likely to stay in custody until the end of the month at least, and could face up to three years in jail.

Terence Blacker: Why is it so hard to say goodbye?

For reasons no one quite understands, film directors have lost the knack of the satisfactory ending. Films tend to continue well after their natural ending, according to the actor Samuel L Jackson, who cites Spielberg's latest, Lincoln. Some meander, others go off in a new direction, or close with modish, irritating ambiguity. Ben Affleck, another Hollywood man, has blamed the need to pitch film ideas. "The thing about a pitch is that it does a great job figuring out the first and second acts, but no one ever sits down and works out the third act."

Postcard from... Naples

In Italy, particularly in the southern city of Naples, it might make sense swapping the greeting “buon anno” – happy new year – for “lucky new year” or “safe new year”, as the ritual, idiotic use of DIY fireworks brings an avalanche of serious burns, mutilations and general chaos.

David Stockdale dives at the feet of Romelu Lukaku

Martin Jol delighted with improved performance from Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale

Understudy made some crucial saves in victory over West Brom

60 people crushed to death and 200 injured in stampede during New Year fireworks in Ivory Coast

About 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede outside a stadium in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan after a New Year's Eve fireworks display, the government said.

New Year fireworks above London's Houses of Parliament

World welcomes 2013 with firework spectaculars

Revellers around the world welcomed 2013 with dancing, singing and firework spectaculars.

New Year fireworks above London's Houses of Parliament

New Year Celebrations: from Kiritimati to Samoa – via Britain

Small beginnings of the big night (10:00-11:00 GMT) 2013 began on the little Pacific island where the sun always rises first. Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, the easternmost island of the nation of Kiribati, is the first significant human habitation west of the international date line. Its inhabitants were the first to usher in the new year, followed an hour later by revellers in Auckland, New Zealand.

Australia and Asia gives enthusiastic welcome to 2013

Sydney's skyline erupted with tons of exploding fireworks as revellers cheered in the new year from the city's crammed harbour in the world's first major celebration for 2013.

A party on New Year's Eve? We'd all much rather be in bed by 10.38pm

Fireworks displays will entertain millions of people across the country tomorrow night but fewer than one in five Britons will take part in public New Year's Eve parties because they are exhausted and short of cash.

Postcard from... Berlin

Anyone who has been on the streets of Berlin on New Year's Eve will know that the experience is exciting, if not easy. For most of the year Germany enforces strict controls on the sale and use of fireworks. But these are waived for New Year celebrations and every corner shop suddenly has a host of firecrackers, rockets and other pyrotechnics on sale to the general public.

My Secret Life: Harry Hill, 48, Comedian

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How the very civil marriage between Cameron and Clegg brought out Gyles Brandreth's inner luvvie

Our diarist reports some deeply felt remarks by the former Tory MP

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