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Builders die in site collapse

five workers were killed and 18 injured in Shanghai at a construction site for a parking lot being built to support a new metro line.

Shanghai's Work Safety Administration said a concrete structure at the parking lot in the eastern district of Pudong collapsed about 9pm on New Year's Eve.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.

Safety at construction sites remains a challenge in China, where regulations are often ignored.

Grim task for

bus survivors

Survivors of a deadly bus crash on a rural Oregon highway endured the harrowing task of retrieving passports and other belongings from the scene so they could finish their journey to Canada.

Police escorted some survivors to collect their property, strewn across a hillside as their bus slid from the icy road in Pendleton. The crash killed nine people and injured at least 38.

The bus was returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, on the final leg of a tour of the western US.

At least 14 survivors remain in hospital.

NY reveller

killed by train

A young woman stumbling on a Manhattan subway station platform not far from Times Square fell on to the tracks and was killed by a train.

The accident happened at around 5am on New Year's Day at the No 2 line station on 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, one stop from where revellers gather in Times Square to see the ball drop.

Subway system deaths are common in the city. Last year there was about one fatality a week.

TV backlash

at royal gags

Channel 4 is facing a backlash after broadcasting a show featuring a lewd joke about the Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

In the pre-recorded show, presented by Jimmy Carr, comic Jack Whitehall made a quip about the bladder infection suffered by the prince last summer and also said that Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt could "rake it in" by going to stud like the retired racehorse Frankel.