World News Digest
Greek diplomat murder: Wife’s lover confesses to plot in Brazil
Brazilian police say an officer who was having an affair with a Greek diplomat’s wife has admitted his “cowardly” murder.
Syria conflict: Military says nationwide ceasefire agreed
Syria’s military has said it has agreed to a nationwide ceasefire with rebels starting from midnight.
French woman who killed allegedly violent husband pardoned
A woman jailed for murdering the husband who abused her for 47 years has been given a rare pardon by the French president.
Crashed Russian jet ‘was functioning abnormally’
Equipment on board a Russian military plane which crashed into the Black Sea was “functioning abnormally”, officials say.
Debbie Reynolds ‘died of a broken heart, but she’s with her daughter now’
Debbie Reynolds, who shot to fame in Singin’ in the Rain, has been described as “one of the last of Hollywood’s royalty”.
Philippines president Duterte: I threw a man from a helicopter
The president of the Philippines has claimed that he once threw a man out of a helicopter and that he would do it again.
‘The force is dark today’: Stars mourn Carrie Fisher
Stars, friends and family have paid tribute to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who has died aged 60.
IVF clinic says 26 women may have been fertilised by wrong sperm
An IVF treatment centre has launched an investigation after discovering that 26 women may have been fertilised by sperm cells from the wrong man.
Korean air crew to use stun guns on unruly passengers after Richard Marx criticism
Korean Air has given its flight attendants stun gun training following criticism from pop star Richard Marx for its handling of a violent passenger.
Prisoners burrow out of jail by removing toilet
A manhunt is under way after six prisoners escaped from a US jail by removing a toilet and crawling though a hole behind it.
Thousands attend Mexican girl’s party following dad’s viral invite
A girl’s 15th birthday party was attended by more than 10,000 people after her father posted a message online inviting “everyone”.
Sony Music tweets ‘Britney Spears is dead’ after Twitter account is hacked
Sony Music has apologised to Britney Spears and fans after its Twitter account was hacked and a fake tweet said the pop icon was dead.
‘An inspiration’: The world of music pays tribute to George Michael
Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley has led the musical world in expressing heartache following the death of George Michael.
More than 3,000 searchers comb site of Russian military plane crash
More than 3,000 rescuers are searching the Black Sea after a Russian military plane crashed on its way to Syria, the defence ministry has said.
Jennifer Lawrence surprises staff and patients at Louisville hospital
Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence has surprised children at a hospital in her hometown in Kentucky - with a Christmas visit.
Stunning waterfalls on Uluru after freak storm hits the Australian rock
A freak storm has turned one of Australia’s most famous and driest attractions into a series of spectacular waterfalls.
World’s last wild frankincense forests are under threat
In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops...
Berlin attacker Anis Amri’s nephew is arrested in Tunisia
The nephew of the Berlin attacker has been arrested in Tunisia, as investigators in Europe hunt for possible accomplices and seek to establish movements.
Boy escapes with scratches after being run over by a truck
A three-year-old boy has had a miraculous escape from serious injury after being run over by a speeding truck.
Santa bank robber hands out candy canes before demanding money
A bank robber disguised himself as Santa Claus, handing staff candy canes and wishing them a merry Christmas before demanding cash.
Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike lose their baby
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall has lost her baby, a spokeswoman for her and her husband has said.
Armed police carry out raids as search for Berlin suspect continues
Heavily armed police carried out overnight raids in Berlin as a Europe-wide manhunt for the main suspect in the lorry massacre continues.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s murder claims spark inquiry
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is to be investigated by an independent human rights group after he admitted killing three criminals years ago.
Robber who was mistakenly freed 90 years early says he should not go back to jail
A robber mistakenly released from prison decades early says his jail sentence should be quashed.
Trump: Berlin attacks prove I was right on Muslim ban
Donald Trump has said Monday’s attacks in Berlin and Ankara proved he was right to propose curbing Muslim immigration in the US.
Berlin attack: Tunisian man ‘identified as suspect’ from truck documents
German police are hunting a Tunisian man over the Berlin market attack after finding documents in the lorry, according to reports.
Lena Dunham apologises for abortion remark
Actress Lena Dunham has apologised after making a “distasteful” comment about wishing she had an abortion.
World’s oldest bank could run out of money in four months
Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi have been suspended from trading again after the struggling lender issued a new warning over its funding woes.
Moscow doubts killer of ambassador was a lone wolf
The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday refused to offer theories behind Monday’s assassination of the Russian ambassador...
At least 29 dead in huge explosion at Mexican fireworks market
At least 29 people have been killed in an explosion that ripped through a large fireworks market in Mexico, a chief state prosecutor says.