World News Digest

Three British tourists killed on unauthorised climb of Vietnam waterfalls
Three British tourists were killed while climbing waterfalls in Vietnam and their guide has been arrested for taking them on an unauthorised tour.
Election likely to head into extra time as Fifa looks for Blatter successor
The race to be the next leader of world football is heading into its final stages on Friday.
Russia steps up bombing campaign hours before Syria ceasefire kicks in
Russian warplanes carried out intense air strikes on rebel strongholds in Syria on Friday hours before a ceasefire was due to come into force.
Passengers rescued from icebreaker stranded in Antarctica after blizzard
Passengers stranded on Australia’s flagship icebreaker, which ran aground in Antarctica, were rescued on Friday, ahead of attempts to refloat the...
Facebook appeal reunites sisters separated in volcano disaster 30 years ago
Two sisters separated as young children after an avalanche destroyed their home town in Colombia have been reunited three decades later.
Iranians go to the polls in first election test for nuclear deal with West
Polls have opened in two key elections in Iran, the first in the country since an historic nuclear deal was brokered with the West. Voting opened...
Ireland ‘heading for election stalemate’ amid anger at austerity and hardship
Voting got under way in Ireland on Friday in an election likely to see hardship and austerity erode support for traditional parties. Voters began...
Bollywood star who bought guns from Mumbai bombers walks free from jail
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been released from prison after serving four years for possessing weapons supplied by the men behind Mumbai’s deadly...
Burgers for Borat: McDonald’s to open its first branch in Kazakhstan
At last Borat will be able to get a Big Mac. McDonald’s will open its first restaurant in Kazakhstan, fictional home to Sacha Baron Cohen’s...
Greece recalls ambassador as tensions mount ahead of migration crisis talks
Greece has recalled its ambassador to Austria in protest at being sidelined from talks over Europe’s deepening migrant crisis. The move came...
Candidates in final push for Fifa presidency votes as Blatter and Platini bans cut
Candidates for the Fifa presidency have been lobbying for votes on the final day of campaigning before the election. The five contenders to succeed...
Messi sends signed shirt to Afghan boy pictured in makeshift plastic bag top
A five-year-old Afghan boy photographed wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made out of a plastic bag has finally received the genuine article signed by the Barcelona...
No-selfie zones declared in Mumbai after deaths
Mumbai has declared a number of no-selfie zones after several deaths linked to the trend in recent months.
EU ministers meet in Brussels as migration crisis spirals
European Union interior ministers are meeting in Brussels amid further warnings that the continued migration and refugee crisis is a serious threat to...
Gianni Infantino: ‘I will win’ Friday’s FIFA presidency battle
Gianni Infantino says he will win Friday’s FIFA election, and that he is the only candidate who can offer the genuine reform required to restore...
Huge snake bites six-year-old boy in Australia while he sleeps
A little boy has been bitten and attacked by a python while asleep at home in the Australian town of Macksville.
Winds hamper efforts to rescue 68 crew from stranded ship in Antarctica
Freezing winds are continuing to hamper the rescue of 68 people from an Australian icebreaker ship stranded in Antarctica.
Academy Awards may be hooked on ‘Oscar bait’
There are many factors behind what has led to two straight years of all-white acting nominees, but one is the stifling limitation of what gets considered...
FIFA shortens Blatter, Platini bans amid crucial week for reform agenda
FIFA’s appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini for ethics violations, but reduced...
Obama challenges Republicans as he weighs Nevada governor for SCOTUS
President Obama vowed on Wednesday to move ahead with a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and said Republicans would risk public ire if they blocked a qualified...
Johnson & Johnson under fire: Company ordered to pay $72M in cancer suit
Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked...
Facebook’s ‘like’ button gets 'angry’ and 'sad’ as friends
After more than a year in development, Facebook’s expanded Like button “reactions” are now coming to a News Feed near you.
Endorsements roll in as candidates prepare for crucial Super Tuesday
On the heels of his blowout victory in the Nevada caucuses, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has picked up something he insists he doesn’t care...
Egypt’s Sisi, for first time, says Russian plane was brought down by terrorists
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that “terrorism” caused a Russian plane crash in the Sinai...
This’ll make you go Wow: Facebook adds five emotions to Like button
Gone are the days of a simple Like on Facebook. Now you can tell the world exactly how you feel about a post.
Monkeying around in space: astronaut Scott Kelly goes ape on the ISS
Astronauts Tim Peake and Scott Kelly have revealed that even on the International Space Station there is a time for a little monkeying around.
Watch as remarkable Google robot is bashed and bullied but bounces back
It looks just like a Terminator … and just like the Arnold Schwarzenegger cyborg, this is one robot it’s impossible to push around.
All 23 on board small aircraft believed dead after it crashes into mountain
A plane has crashed in a mountainous area of Nepal, killing all 23 people on board.
Consumer giant J&J to pay $72m over talcum powder-linked cancer death
Consumer giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to the...
Cologne sex assaults: most attackers will not be caught, admits police chief
Most of those behind the rash of sex attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve may never be caught, the city’s police chief has admitted.

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