World News Digest
Mystery solved: Hieronymus Bosch, the hidden painting and a sausage link…
A painting kept in storage at an American museum for decades has been revealed to be a work by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. The newly-uncovered...
In Rome and Geneva, the mission is the same: how to stop Islamic State
Nearly two dozen nations gather today to plot their fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq and how to choke off its rise in Libya.
Oil giant BP slumps to $5.2bn annual loss as barrel prices slide
BP has announced thousands of fresh job cuts as it slumped to a £3.6bn ($5.2bn) annual loss for 2015 amid an oil price slump.
Australian PM Turnbull weighs early double poll to break political deadlock
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has raised the possibility of dissolving both houses of Parliament and calling an early election to break a...
Landmark deal sees Canada protect ancient coastal forest from logging
A landmark deal to protect a swathe of forests on Canada’s Pacific coast has been signed.
Wrestling great Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart reveals cancer diagnosis
Former professional wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart has revealed he is fighting prostate cancer.
Google parent Alphabet ‘overtakes Apple’ as world’s most valuable company
Google’s parent firm is set to overtake Apple as the world’s most valuable company by market value after its latest revenues smashed expectations. Alphabet’s...
Suu Kyi takes her place in new democratic era of Myanmar’s history
Myanmar entered a new political era Monday as Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy MPs took their seats in parliament, bearing the hopes of a nation...
Deadly suicide bomber blast at Kabul police office kills ten
A suicide bomber who attacked a queue of people outside a police office in the Afghan capital of Kabul has killed 10 people and injured at least 20.
Forget life in the Cloud, Microsoft sees a future under the sea…
Microsoft wants to create data centres that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. An ocean-floor lair sounds like something...
Japan’s ‘vagina kayak artist’ defiant as prosecutors seek fine
A Japanese artist charged with obscenity for distributing a design for a kayak shaped like her vagina scoffed on Monday at a demand by prosecutors to punish...
Surgery for Bangladesh’s ‘Tree Man’ to remove warts
A Bangladeshi father dubbed “Tree Man” for massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that...
All eyes on Iowa as frontrunners brace for first test in White House race
The front runners in the opening round of the race to see which candidates run for US president are just a few percentage points apart from each other. Opinion...
New era dawns as Myanmar parliament holds historic session
Myanmar’s newly elected politicians, most of them from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, have taken their seats in parliament...
Steel shortage sees Toyota stop Japan production for one week
Toyota said on Monday it would halt production at all car assembly plants in Japan from Feb.
Alphabet to give first peek at cost of ‘moonshot’ bets
How much is Google-parent Alphabet Inc spending on “moonshots” – self-driving cars, glucose-monitoring contact lenses, Internet balloons...
Many children burned alive as Boko Haram attacks village leaving 86 dead
A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among at least 86 people...
Syria peace talks hit trouble after ISIS blast kills 60
Syria’s main opposition group met U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday, but the talks ran straight into trouble after Islamic...
Turnout is name of the game in Monday’s Iowa caucuses
In a final frenzy to inspire supporters to turn out for Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the presidential contenders scrambled to close the deal with the...
Obama to visit Baltimore mosque, plead for tolerance
President Obama plans to visit a mosque near Baltimore on Wednesday to make a plea for tolerance and religious freedom, the White House said Sunday. It...
Djokovic’s dominance continues as he wins 11th Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic left no room to question his dominance on Sunday night. The 28-year-old Serbian defeated No.
At least 50 killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village
A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among at least 50 people...
At least 37 refugees drown trying to reach Greece as smuggler’s boat capsizes
A boat carrying Syrians attempting the short sea journey from Turkey to Greece struck rocks and capsized at dawn on Saturday, causing at least 37 people...
At least 40 migrants, including 5 children, drown as smuggler’s boat capsizes
At least 40 migrants, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their boat capsized off the Turkish coast.
Net closes on jailbreak pair after third prisoner turns himself in to police
Police say they are closing on two violent criminals who staged a daring escape from jail after a third prisoner handed himself in.
Footballers stage sit-down protest before game in support of migrants
A football match was delayed when players staged a sit-down protest as a tribute to migrants who have died trying to reach Greece.
Clinton faces fresh scrutiny as 22 highly classified emails are held back
Hillary Clinton was under fresh scrutiny today as it emerged 22 emails sent to her home contained highly classified state secrets.
Five killed as avalanche engulfs snowmobile riders in Canadian mountains
At least five people on snowmobiles have been killed by an avalanche in Canada. They were in three separate groups engulfed by the snow near McBride, north-east...
Money laundering and bribery claims as $4bn stolen from Malaysian fund
About $4bn (£2.8bn) appears to have been stolen from a fund owned by the Malaysian state.
Erotic thriller queen Kim Basinger signs up for Fifty Shades of Grey sequel
She was known for her raunchy roles in erotic thrillers such as 9 ½ Weeks.