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Firefighters work at the aftermath of a warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland.
Firefighters work at the aftermath of a warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland.PHOTO: EPA

Up to 40 feared dead in blaze at California party

Up to 40 people were feared dead in a huge fire that tore through a rave party held in a warehouse near San Francisco, authorities said, warning that the initial death toll of nine would likely rise once crews swept the stricken building.

Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said most of those who perished in the blaze that started about 11.30pm on Friday were thought to have died on the upper floor of the two-storey warehouse known as Oakland Ghostship.

“It must have been a very fast-moving fire,” she told reporters.

It was not immediately known what sparked the inferno at the electronic dance music party attended by an estimated 50 to 100 people.


Some US conservatives praise Donald Trump over Taiwan phone call

Amid an outpouring of condemnation over President-elect Donald Trump's telephone conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, some prominent US conservatives are commending his decision to take her call.

Trump's conversation with Tsai on Friday broke decades of US diplomatic policy, risking a serious rift with China by calling into question one of Beijing's self-described "core interests" - the "One China" policy to which then-president Richard Nixon agreed in 1978.

No US president or president-elect has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since then. Some US conservatives however see no evil in the Friday call.


Zouk's last night at Jiak Kim Street

After 25 years at its Jiak Kim Street location by the Singapore River, Singapore nightlife institution Zouk opened its doors there for the last time on Saturday.

The crowds gathered for the historic occasion from as early as 7pm, four hours before the doors opened at 11pm.

Mr Ko Chong Tat, 29, who is in banking, joined the queue to enter the club at around 9pm, even though he is not a regular clubber. "It was important to be here because it's the last night, I won't be able to do this again," he said.


Football: Brawl breaks out as Chelsea romp to 3-1 win over nine-man Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for his team's meltdown after Chelsea came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

The result allowed Chelsea to widen their lead at the top of the Premier League as a dramatic top-of-the-table clash ended in a mass brawl and two City players being sent off.

After the match, Guardiola said: "It's a pity it finished like this. I don't like that. I apologise for what happened."


Football: City star Toure charged with drink-driving

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been charged with drink-driving, police revealed on Saturday.

Toure was driving in Dagenham in east London at the time of the alleged offence on Monday evening. The Metropolitan police said the 33-year-old was then charged on Tuesday with driving while his alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Toure has spoken about being a devout Muslim and once claimed he couldn't accept a bottle of champagne as a man of the match award due to his religious beliefs.