Collapse in Brazil

The collapse of three historic buildings in central Rio de Janeiro has killed four and left 22 more missing. The cause of the disaster is not clear. Rescuers scoured the rubble of the building which ranged from four to 20 storeys.

Kano explodes

Militants responsible for the death of more than 200 people in Kano, Nigeria, last weekend are believed to be behind bombs made out of drink cans which exploded at a bus stop Thursday. More explosives were found nearby.

Funding boost

A charity funded by American technology billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife will donate $750 million to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria. The organisation has already donated $650 million over 10 years.

Founder arrested

French authorities have arrested the founder of the company which makes breast implants linked to cancer, Jean-Claude Mas. The arrest relates to 2010 manslaughter and involuntary harm charges resulting from his PIP implants.

Captain claims mistake

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship, which sank off the Italian coast, has told authorities he had made a “mistake”. He faces a series of charges including manslaughter after the incident which killed at least 16.

Chavez ill: report

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is dying, according to Spanish news reports. However a spokesman refused to comment on the health of the leader who last year battled cancer. In October, Chavez announced his cancer was gone.

Political clash

Demonstrators have forced Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott to be dragged to safety by police while marking the country’s national day. Comments by Abbott angered aboriginal activists.

Bad medicine

Poisonous heart medication is believed to have killed at least 100 people in Pakistan. The medication was provided to people who attended a free clinic in the city of Lahore. Investigations into the cause of the deaths are continuing.

PNG mutiny

Tensions over Papua New Guinea’s rightful prime minister continue with military supporters of ousted leader Sir Michael Somare striking. His replacement Peter O’Neil resisted their demands for a prisoner’s release.

Clean-up bill

Oil giant BP has been ordered to foot the $40 billion bill for the clean-up of the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An American judge ruled BP is responsible for the rig operators compensation obligations, but not fines.

Cocaine delivery

Two bags with 16kgs of cocaine, misplaced by Mexican drug traffickers, have been sent to the United Nations headquarters in New York. The bags had the UN logo on them but no addresses. Security intercepted the $2 million haul.

Air rescue

An American and a Danish aid worker abducted in Somalia in October have been freed after an US air raid. A statement from President Barack Obama said nine pirate were killed in the mission which involved 12 helicopters.

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