World News Digest

Finally, we are brothers: Pope and Patriarch bring an end to 1,000-year rift
The Pope and head of the Russian Orthodox Church have met for the first time in a historic encounter of reconciliation following a 1,000-year split in...
Clooney tackles refugee crisis with Merkel as he calls for the U.S. to do more
George Clooney held talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday as he called for the US to do more to ease the refugee crisis in Europe. The...
Austria to close border to migrants as leaders warn open door policy must end
Austria will close its border to migrants in the coming months because it cannot take any more refugees, its foreign minister has said.
Ground control bids farewell to space probe which fell asleep on a comet
Scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae. They have stopped sending messages to the washing machine-sized craft, which...
Japan’s paternity leave poster boy politician resigns over affair with bikini model
A married politician resigned on Friday for having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women’s rights.
Son missing for 30 years set for family reunion after he remembers his name
A man who disappeared 30 years ago is set for an emotional reunion with his mother after he suddenly remembered his name. Edgar Latulip, who was 21...
Barry Manilow cancels shows after surgery leads to emergency hospital dash
Barry Manilow has been forced to cancel dates on what he says will be his final tour after being rushed to hospital.
Anyone seen Joaquin? Civil servant throws six-year sickie … and nobody notices
A civil servant has been fined €27,000 after pulling a sickie for six years.
Paternity leave poster boy politician resigns over affair with bikini model
A married politician resigned on Friday for having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women’s rights.
Clooney launches fim festival with call for the U.S. to take more refugees
George Clooney has weighed into the refugee debate, saying the US must do more to help alleviate the crisis in Europe. Speaking at the premiere of...
Rise of Ireland’s ruthless gangs ‘shows my murdered sister died in vain’
The brother of a journalist shot dead by gangland criminals in Ireland 20 years ago, has said she died in vain.
Clinton ‘lands a low blow’ as she takes aim at Sanders over Obama legacy
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply over their support for Barack Obama in their latest TV debate.
In unprecedented move, NATO sends warships on migrant mission
NATO launched an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea Thursday to tackle people smugglers taking refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece,...
Six children killed as rubble lorry gate slices through their school bus
Six children have been killed after the gate of a truck carrying rubble swung open and raked through their school bus.
North takes over business park and cuts hotlines as Korea tensions mount
North Korea ratcheted up the tension with the South on Thursday by ordering a military takeover of a factory park which had been the last major symbol...
Odd-even car ban is back in new effort to clean up world’s most polluted city
Use of private cars is to be restricted again in Delhi in another effort to clean up toxic air in the world’s most polluted city.
Dozens of inmates and guards feared dead in Mexican prison riot
Dozens of people have been killed in a prison riot in Mexico, just days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another of the country’s notoriously...
NATO warships to patrol Aegean in mission to stop people smugglers
NATO is sending three warships to the sea between Turkey and Greece to crack down on those smuggling desperate people into Europe.
Mini superhero ‘Iron Boy’ rescues Sydney as Downey Jr tweets support
A nine-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has seen his wish come true after he became superhero “Iron Boy” and fought crime in Sydney.
Watch: North Korea releases footage of latest rocket launch
North Korea has released TV footage of the launch of a rocket it says put a satellite into space. Pictures show the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un...
David Bowie told by film director son he would have been a grandad
David Bowie found out that he would have been a grandfather just days before he died from cancer last month. His son, film director Duncan Jones,...
Female suicide bombers kill 58 in Nigerian refugee camp
Two female suicide bombers killed at least 58 at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, emergency...
U.S. Senate bill aims to derail N. Korea’s nuclear weapons drive
The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent...
Naked victim flees for her life in Wolf Creek-style attack on backpackers
A naked and bloodied backpacker fled across the sand dunes to escape a would-be killer who attacked her and a friend at a remote Australian beach.
Kim Jong-Un’s ‘steps up reign of terror’ as he orders execution of military chief
The chief of North Korea’s military has been executed by order of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, it has been reported.
94yo ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi death camp crimes
A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial tomorrow on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four...
Winds of change: Climate change will see transatlantic flights take longer
Flights from Europe to North America will take longer and nudge up airline fuel costs if climate change strengthens high altitude winds as widely expected,...
‘My head hurts’: Father hears over the phone moment his daughter is fatally shot
A grieving father has recounted the moment he heard over the phone his daughter get fatally shot.
Thai police bust passport ring run by ‘The Doctor’ sending fake IDs to migrants
Thai police have broken up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian known as “The Doctor” which sent thousands of passports to Middle Eastern...
Feeling better? Australia poised to legalise growing of medicinal cannabis
Australia has introduced legislation into parliament to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes, with the government calling it “the...

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