World News Digest

Rescue operation as over 100 trapped in collapsed building after Taiwan quake
Rescuers were battling to free more than 100 people trapped in a collapsed building in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan following a strong 6.4-magnitude...
First Zika-linked deaths reported as U.N. urges abortion rights upheld
Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion...
One dead, two hurt as gunmen dressed as police open fire at boxing weigh-in
One man has been killed and two others injured after a shooting at a boxing match weigh-in at a Dublin hotel.
La isla supporter: Madonna stokes row by wearing Taiwan flag at concert
Madonna has become embroiled in a war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag during a concert in the capital...
Spectacular eruption at volcano just 30 miles from nuclear power station
A volcano just 30 miles away from one of Japan’s nuclear power stations has erupted, sending lava flowing down its slope and spewing ash and stones...
Zika countries must lift bans on contraception and abortion, says UN chief
Countries with the Zika virus should allow women to use contraception and to have abortions, the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday.
Dozens scramble to safety but five missing after shaft collapses at gold mine
Dozens of miners were trapped underground and five are still missing following the collapse of a gold mine in eastern South Africa.
WikiLeaks founder Assange claims victory but he still faces fight for freedom
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today claimed victory in his fight to avoid deportation to Sweden on sex assault charges.
BMX record-holder Dave Mirra found shot dead in truck after apparent suicide
BMX star Dave Mirra - who once held the record for the most X Games medals - has died in an apparent suicide.
1.5m people at risk from drought as Zimbabwe ‘declares state of disaster’
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in most rural parts of the country severely hit by a drought.
Dozens are trapped underground as shaft collapses at gold mine
Dozens of miners have been trapped underground following the collapse of a gold mine in eastern South Africa.
Prosecutors wave aside UN claims WikiLeaks’ Assange is being held unlawfully
Britain and Sweden have rejected the findings of a United Nations panel which said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was being held unlawfully.
China faces fresh outrage as it confirms it is holding missing booksellers
Three Hong Kong booksellers who went missing last year are being held in China, police have confirmed for the first time. Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping...
Ancient wildebeest used dinosaur-like nose to trumpet across savanna
They lived millions of years apart but an ancient wildebeest and duck-billed dinosaurs had something in common … their noses.
Clinton accuses Sanders of ‘artful smear’ as divisions show in Democrat race
Democrat Hillary Clinton went on the attack against rival Bernie Sanders in their most contentious presidential debate yet.
News about F1 champion Schumacher’s health ‘not good’, says ex-Ferrari boss
The health of former F1 champion Michael Schumacher appears to be declining, according to his former boss at Ferrari.
European first as Spain confirms case of Zika virus in pregnant woman
A pregnant woman in Spain who had travelled to Colombia has the Zika virus - in what is thought to be the first such case in Europe.
‘Signs of torture’ on body of student found lying beside road in Egyptian capital
An Italian student was burned and tortured before his body was dumped by the side of a highway on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, investigators...
Thousands of jobs on the line as Shell suffers 80% slump in profits
More job losses are on the cards at Royal Dutch Shell which reported an 80% plunge in profits on Thursday.
A bridge too far? 32 foreigners arrested as Thai army raids cards club
32 foreign bridge players have been arrested after police and the army stormed their club as part of a gambling crackdown in Thailand. Officials raided...
Polls point towards coalition No.14 after general election is called in Ireland
Ireland’s prime minister has called a general election on 26 February. Enda Kenny went to the official residence of the president, Michael D Higgins,...
Tesla boss bans ‘super rude’ customer from buying one of its cars
A wealthy customer who complained about the boss of electric car maker Tesla has had his order for one of their cars cancelled.
Flying solo: Lucky passenger enjoys perks of being the only one on her plane
A passenger heading home for the holidays had the flight all to herself after being the only one to sit through gruelling delays.
Zuma to pay back part of $24m swimming pool ‘security upgrade’ costs
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of the 216 million rand (then worth $24 million) of public funds used to upgrade his private...
Proposals on EU reform for Britain are fair, Brussels boss Juncker says
The proposal on reforming Britain’s relationship with the European Union is fair and must be supported by the European Parliament, Commission President...
Japan military on alert over North Korea’s planned rocket launch
Japan placed its military on alert on Wednesday to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens Japan, while South Korea warned the North will pay...
Zuma to pay back some money for swimming pool ‘security upgrade’
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of the 216 million rand (then worth $24 million) of public funds used to upgrade his private...
Scores of babies could be sent to island immigration camp after court ruling
Australia’s High Court threw out a challenge to offshore immigration detention camps on Wednesday, clearing the way for the deportation of dozens...
Georgia executes oldest death row inmate after 11th hour appeals rejected
A 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta’s suburbs was executed in Georgia early on Wednesday,...
Here’s some news: Facebook is changing what posts you see first… again
Facebook is overhauling the way its News Feed algorithm works to encourage more user activity on the social network. It will change which posts you...

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