Japan: 12ft-long giant squid spotted in Toyama Bay harbour

A giant Architeuthis dux squid was spotted by onlookers swimming into Toyama Bay northwest of Tokyo on 24 December. Researchers estimate the squid is around 12ft long and is relatively young. Locals say its the first sighting of a giant squid of the season. Dec 30, 2015

New Year’s Eve: London steps up security ahead of celebrations

There will be an increased presence of armed police officers on Londons streets for New Years Eve, a police official said on 29 December. Britain is on its second highest alert level of severe, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Other European capitals are on similar alert levels. Dec 30, 2015