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A huge fire has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.
Burning debris could bee seen falling from the 300m-tall (1,000-feet) building, called The Address, as firefighters arrived at the scene.
It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties.
The blaze erupted ahead of a major New Year's Eve fireworks display, due to be held at the Burj Khalifa.
Crowds gathering to watch the display have been asked the leave.
Fire appeared to have engulfed much of the building, which has more than 60 storeys and is a luxury five-star hotel and apartment complex.
There is no indication so far of what might have caused the fire.
The Dubai government tweeted (in Arabic) that the fire had started on the 20th floor.
A tourist, Michelle Duque, who is visiting Dubai, told the BBC: "All of a sudden we saw this huge black plume of black smoke coming between the Khalifa Tower and the hotel.
"The flames burst out really big and before we knew it the whole of the Address Hotel was covered in orange flames."




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"With the fire burning in the way it is the building must be in danger of collapse and the Dubai authorities are surely taking a huge risk by making the decision to continue with tonight’s fireworks celebrations. The Irish Times has reported that huge chunks of burning debris are falling from the building and hampering attempts by firefighters to tackle the fire. In such a situation it seems bizarre that the authorities are allowing the celebrations to continue.

Question is whether this is a terrorist attack. Witnesses are reporting that there was a blast on the 20th floor before the fire broke out. More updates to come.

HOTAIR: Accidental?

One of the things most cited on the subject of intercity violence is the lack of effective parenting.  Well done.


Once again we've seen another faux riot based on the death of Freddie Gray who died while in Baltimore Police custody.  Yet interesting facts about Gray have surfaced that tell us that it's always better to wait before getting riled up.

From the Washington Post.

 A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.
The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.

Of course it's always good to get the facts before determining what exactly happen.  America has become some paranoid with any story where a black man is allegedly harmed by the police, especially a white cop.   Most times after the facts are known it shows the perpretrator was more at fault for his own fate that previously believed, but don't let that stop the liberal media narrative.

By the way, for a perspective on just who dies more by cop that who, behold.

No really...she said.....

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.
Watch about the 8:30 mark.

Yesterday on Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show she spoke with Chris Chilla on Hillary's Money trail problem with the expected cover.

ANDREA MITCHELL: Hillary Clinton wrapping up a week that started in New Hampshire and ended at Tina Brown's Women in the World. But ended also fending off attacks from the Benghazi Select Committee and that new book, Clinton Cash.
Joining me now to sort it all out for our Daily Fix, Chris Cillizza, MSNBC contributor, founder of Washington Post's Fix blog, and New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters, right here.
Well, Chris Cillizza, it's been the week that was and Hillary Clinton had a tough time with the Cash book. But truth be told, having gone through it last night once we got the book yesterday, there are a lot of holes. There is the question of, how do you connect the policy that she was pursuing as a secretary of state with the allegation that money was being contributed to the charity or speeches were being booked for Bill Clinton that wouldn't have otherwise been booked? You know, the timing may be fortuitous or suspicious or coincidental, but you can't make that connection in a lot of cases.
CHRIS CILLIZZA: Proving a political prid – quid pro quo – it's hard to say, it's hard to prove, Andrea. It's just very difficult, because as you say, a donation coming in and the State Department saying something or Bill Clinton giving a speech or whatever it may be, unless you can prove in an e-mail, in a text, in a phone call that it was directly linked one to the other, it's just tough. My guess with the book is if you like Hillary Clinton, you're going to largely dismiss it. If you don't like Hillary Clinton, you're going to see lots of things in there that deserve more reporting. Like most things with Hillary Clinton, sort of, people divide along their preconceived opinions about her.
- See more at:http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2015/04/24/msnbc-lot-holes-clinton-cash-hard-prove-without-e-mail-trail

Well Andrea couldn't make a connection to truth if it bit her in the fanny.  The laughable part is about the "email trail".  I mean seriously?

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