World News Digest
From China to UK, global human rights under attack in 2015, says Amnesty
At least 30 countries illegally forced refugees to return to places where they would be in danger last year, Amnesty said on Wednesday as it warned that...
Better out than in? Vienna police fine kebab man over loud burp
A man has been fined €70 (£54) for burping too loudly in a Vienna park after feasting on a kebab.
Irish voters look set to punish austerity coalition as Sinn Fein lurks in wings
Ireland’s four main party leaders have taken part in their last televised debate ahead of Friday’s General Election.
Migrants stranded in Greece, face eviction in France as Europe rifts widen
At flashpoints near borders on either side of Europe, authorities tried Tuesday to force back migrants desperate to begin new lives in more prosperous...
Kurdish special forces rescue 16yo girl from clutches of Islamic State
A teenage girl from Sweden has been rescued from the clutches of Islamic State in Iraq by Kurdish special forces.
Swedish doctor gets 10 years in prison in bunker kidnap case
A Swedish doctor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for kidnapping a woman and keeping her in a specially constructed sound-proof bunker.
British Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey back in hospital
Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is back in hospital for the third time since contracting Ebola, NHS officials say.
One dead, several hurt as Dutch train derails after hitting crane on tracks
One person has been killed and 10 injured after a Dutch passenger train hit a maintenance crane and derailed.
Papa don’t preach? Archbishop warns faithful about ‘immoral’ Madonna
An archbishop in Singapore has warned his flock not to support those who “denigrate and insult religions” ahead of a concert by pop legend...
Serial killer’s ‘despicable’ book removed from Amazon amid outrage
A book reportedly written by a Canadian serial killer has been removed from Amazon’s website a day after being put on sale online following protests...
Hollande admits decades of nuclear testing in Pacific had impact on health
French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged that three decades of nuclear tests in French Polynesia had “an impact” on health and the...
Listen: ‘Eerie space music’ heard by Moon astronauts released for first time
A recording of strange “music” heard by three NASA astronauts after they reached the far side of the Moon in 1969 has been made public for...
Damaged pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Peru’s Amazon region
Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region, operator Petroperu said.
10m without water in Indian capital as caste protests continue to bite
As many as 10 million people in India’s capital are without water following three days of rioting over jobs for ‘lower caste’ people.
I fear for my husband’s life in jail, wife of drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman says
The ex-beauty queen wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has blasted the Mexican government in a TV interview, claiming that...
Taylor Swift gives ‘rape contract row’ star Kesha $250,000 donation
Taylor Swift has given fellow pop star Kesha $250,000 (£176,000) as she battles to get out of a contract with a record producer she has accused of...
Watch as 106yo Virginia dances a jig of delight with Obamas in White House
In his job, President Barack Obama gets to meet all sorts of people, from all walks of life.
Asylum baby Asha will be sent to island detention camp, minister warns
The baby girl at the heart of the row over Australia’s seemingly harsh immigration policies will be sent to live on an island offshore camp.
‘I don’t need lectures,’ Museveni tells EU and US after Uganda poll criticism
President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed European Union and U.S. criticism of Uganda’s presidential election, telling foreign observers not to lecture...
Samsung unveils waterproof phones and joins Facebook in virtual reality drive
Samsung has revealed the latest incarnation of its highly popular Galaxy phone. Two new models of the S7 phone, one with a 5.1ins (13cm) screen and...
Uber driver suspected in ‘random’ Michigan shootings, six dead
A Michigan man who worked as an Uber driver was under arrest on Sunday in the fatal shooting of six people in Kalamazoo, as police investigated reports...
Husband of Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of F1 chief Bernie, charged by police
The husband of Tamara Ecclestone has been charged by police with assisting an offender. Jay Rutland, who is son-in-law to Formula One chief executive...
‘Don’t go into the dark’: Cameron urges Boris to back EU 'remain’ campaign
David Cameron has urged Boris Johnson to back the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU ahead of the London mayor announcing who he supports.
Syria conflict: Twin bombings in Homs kill 46 as Kerry pushes for ceasefire
At least 46 people have been killed in two bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Homs, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Six people killed in Michigan random shooting spree, 45yo man held by police
Six people have been shot dead and two others are severely injured in a series of apparently random attacks over nearly seven hours in Michigan. It...
28,000 rally in Japan against planned U.S. military base on Okinawa
Thousands of people surrounded Japan’s parliament on Sunday to protest against government plans to relocate a U.S.
White House race: Trump triumphs, Hillary on a high but battered Bush bows out
The Donald Trump bandwagon shows no sign of slowing its push to the White House.
Caste protests cut water to Indian capital, hit industry
India deployed thousands of troops in a northern state on Sunday to quell protests that have severely hit water supplies to New Delhi and left at least...
Infant refugee at centre of Australian hospital protest gets reprieve
Australia said on Sunday a baby girl facing repatriation to an offshore immigration detention camp would go to an onshore facility instead, easing tension...
Seven die, including 8yo boy and girl, 14, in US random shooting spree
At least seven people have been killed after a man reportedly drove around a US city randomly shooting people.