The top five: Dubai authorities investigate hotel fire; Taoiseach to discuss Storm Frank with ministers

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A "serious, imminent threat" of a terror attack by Islamic State led to the closure of two major train stations in Munich, German officials have confirmed.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said police received intelligence the group was planning a massacre with five to seven suicide bombers as revelers welcomed in the New Year.

The information prompted Munich Police to warn the public to avoid crowds in the German city, just an hour before midnight struck.


Investigators in Dubai are trying to find out what caused a huge fire which engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper.

Flames shot up one side of the luxury hotel and residential block - just before a New Year fireworks display at the world's tallest building nearby.

The Dubai government says everyone was evacuated and 14 people were treated for minor injuries.


It is now illegal to smoke in any car carrying children.

New laws making it a criminal offence came into force at midnight.

Offenders will face a fixed fine of 100 Euro.


The Taoiseach is set to meet with Ministers today to dicuss the impact of storm Frank.

Large parts of the country are still under water and more heavy rain is predicted today.

Last month saw record rainfall levels recorded at 20 of Met Éireann's 25 weather stations.


The first official events to commemorate 1916 get underway today.

Months of festivities are planned and every county will have their own commemorations to mark 100 years since the rising.