First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described today's fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow city centre as "horrific" and said that for it to have happened just three days before Christmas "makes it all the more heartbreaking".
The van that crashed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Nantes, France, this evening "drove at speed" towards a stall selling mulled wine, local newspaper Presse Ocean reported.
The incident comes just a day after an incident in which a driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic drove into a crowd of people in the eastern French city of Dijon, leaving 11 people injured, two seriously.
Washington's UN envoy has dismissed North Korean demands for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation.
Ambassador Samantha Power made the comments in a speech to the UN Security Council.
Experts have warned that online access is "totally down" in North Korea as the nation experiences serious internet problems.
It is not immediately clear if the internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment which the FBI last week linked to North Korea.
The White House declined to comment on the problems but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that of the federal government responses, "some will be seen, some may not be seen".
Some of the biggest names in music and showbusiness have been joining the tributes to singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.
They include musicians such as Bryan Adams and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, along with comedian Ricky Gervais and Hollywood star Val Kilmer.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who is also from Sheffield, joined the tributes.
Police Scotland has appealed to any people who took any video footage or photographs of the bin lorry crash in Glasgow's George Square to send it by email to officers.
Ten people have been injured at a Christmas market in Nantes, western France, after a man drove a van into shoppers, Reuters reported, citing an official at the local prefecture.
Five people suffered serious injuries, including the driver, the official said.
According to local newspaper Ouest France, citing a police officer and witnesses on the scene, the driver of the white van shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) and then stabbed himself with a knife.
The Christmas market was evacuated and secured by police.
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has joined the tributes to Joe Cocker, the singer who died today at the age of 70.
Sir Paul said:
Police Scotland has confirmed that eight people are now receiving treatment for their injuries following a bin lorry crash in Glasgow.
Officers earlier confirmed six people had died following the incident:
Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70, was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to music.
The award was in recognition of a long musical career that also included a Grammy award in 1983 for 'Up Where We Belong', the duet Cocker performed with Jennifer Warnes.
The track is well known for featuring on the soundtrack for the film 'An Officer and a Gentleman'.