World News Digest
First look at Fort McMurray wildfire damage reveals thousands of homes razed
Authorities have revealed most of Fort McMurray remains intact despite a week of damage caused by wildfires devastating Canada’s oil sands region.
Girl, 11, loses part of scalp after hair caught in carnival ride
An 11-year-old girl has undergone surgery after her hair became caught in a carnival ride and part of her scalp was ripped off.
Time to end vicious cycle, pleads Greek PM as violence greets tough reforms
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says it time to end the “vicious cycle” of cuts.
Anti-crime hardliner Duterte wins Philippine presidential election
Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte stormed to a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to poll monitor data released Tuesday,...
No bull: oxen soothsayers predict rains and a prosperous Thai economy
Thailand’s annual plowing ceremony on Monday forecast average rainfall, growth in foreign trade and abundant rice as the country struggles with drought...
Australia says talks on fate of PNG asylum seekers could take months
The fate of nearly 900 men held in an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea is unlikely to be determined for several months, Australian Immigration...
Firefighters look to get ‘death grip’ on huge Fort McMurray blaze
Officials say they are making great progress in the battle to bring under control a Canadian wildfire that has put entire communities in danger.
Neighbours TV soap creator Reg Grundy dies, aged 92
Australian media mogul Reg Grundy, who developed a string of TV hits including Neighbours, Sons And Daughters and Prisoner: Cell Block H, has died aged...
Worth the wait: 42yo Bartolo Colon oldest to hit 1st major league baseball home run
After 19 years, and at just three weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has made history.
‘Swarm’ of quakes shake Mount St Helens showing volcano is 'recharging’
A “swarm” of 130 earthquakes have trembled beneath Mount St Helens in the past eight weeks, seismologists have revealed.
Adding to the gene pool: Olympic swimming great Phelps’ joy at first baby
Olympic great Michael Phelps has welcomed the arrival of his first child by sharing a heart-warming photograph on Instagram.
70 feared dead as two buses engulfed in flames after collision with tanker
Two buses and a fuel tanker collided Sunday on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing up to 70 people. Dozens more people were wounded in the accident,...
More than 50 Islamic State fighters killed in Turkish shelling near Aleppo
Dozens of Islamic State fighters have been killed north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Turkish military claims.
Gunmen kill 8 officers in ambush as they spray minivan with bullets
Eight police officers have been killed by gunmen in an attack south of Cairo. The officers were travelling in a minivan in the Helwan district when they...
D-day for Australia: Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull calls election for July 2
Australia’s prime minister officially called a July 2 election on Sunday as he pitched for a second three-year term for his conservative coalition.
After bitter campaign, London elects Sadiq Khan as first Muslim mayor
London became the first major Western capital to elect a Muslim mayor on Friday as Labour claimed victory for its candidate Sadiq Khan despite setbacks...
Pope seeks to revive European dream in call for migrants to be welcomed
Pope Francis on Friday lamented a Europe he said had grown weary and entrenched as he urged the continent not to see migrants as criminals. Francis...
Sinead O'Connor sued for $5m by comedian she says gave drugs to Prince
Singer Sinead O'Connor is being sued by an American comedian over claims he supplied drugs to Prince, The Irish star, whose biggest hit Nothing...
Student who blew millions bank gave her in error detained over visa violation
A student accused of blowing millions of dollars paid into her account by error was behind bars on Friday hours after being released on bail. Christine...
SpaceX defies own gloomy predictions as rocket lands safely after satellite launch
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit, then made a swift return landing on...
Gucci apologises for warning letter to shops over paper funeral fakes
Gucci apologised on Friday after warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for funerals which resembled the fashion brand’s luxury...
Kim Jong-un tightens his grip at North Korea’s biggest political event for 36 years
Kim Jong Un was expected to tighten his grip on power on Friday as North Korea kicked off the first congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years.
Thousands to flee in motorway convoy as Canada wildfire rages through city
Thousands of people will be moved from work camps outside wildfire-devastated Fort McMurray in a mass motorway convoy on Friday.
Village council arrested after girl burned alive for helping friend elope
Thirteen members of a tribal council in Pakistan have been arrested over the killing of a 16-year-old girl who helped her friend elope.
‘Grim Sleeper’ faces death penalty after being found guilty of 10 murders
A serial killer dubbed the Grim Sleeper has been found guilty of murdering 10 women over two decades. Lonnie Franklin Jr showed no emotion as he was...
One dead, 7 hurt as 125mph people smugglers chase ends in motorway pile-up
A motorway chase involving suspected people smugglers near the Belgian border has ended in three crashes, a pile-up and one dead.
Hippopota-loose! Animal wanders down street after escape from circus
A hippopotamus has been pictured wandering down a main road after escaping from a circus in Spain.
‘Test for democracy’ as Turkish prime minister says he will step down
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday after falling out of favour with the country’s president.
Survivor pulled from the rubble by rescuers six days after building collapse
A survivor has been pulled alive from the rubble six days after a building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Australia’s most-wanted IS recruiter killed in US airstrike in Iraq
The man described as the most dangerous Australian involved with Islamic State has been killed, according to Australian officials. Neil Prakash died...