World News Digest

Jonah Lomu’s mother and widow in war of words over ‘thefts’ from his grave
The widow and mother of All Black great Jonah Lomu are locked in a war of words over his grave.
Kercher killer: I wrote Meredith’s dying words on the wall in her blood
The man convicted of killing Meredith Kercher has said he wrote on the wall with her blood as he tried to understand what she was telling him with her...
Migrant death toll mounts: 20 children among dozens to die in three boat capsizes
More than 40 people, including 20 children, have drowned after boats carrying migrants capsized in three separate incidents.
Third time lucky?: Mariah Carey to marry billionaire casino tycoon James Packer
Diva Mariah Carey is to marry her Australian billionaire boyfriend James Packer.
Is iPhone love affair over?: Sales are in decline for the first time, suppliers hint
The world is falling out of love with the iPhone, it seems. Some of Apple’s main Asian suppliers say the tech giant is seeing a slump in sales.
20 political prisoners freed as Myanmar takes another step on path to democracy
More than 20 political prisoners were released in Myanmar on Friday, months before it hands over power to democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.
Splinter Taliban group behind university slaughter threatens more attacks
The head of a breakaway Taliban faction behind an assault on a Pakistani university which left 21 people dead threatened on Friday to carry out more such...
20 dead as extremist gunmen attack beachside restaurant in Somalia
Islamic extremists have left more than 20 people dead in an attack on a beachfront restaurant in Somalia.
Snowmageddon 2: Capital in the firing line as monster blizzard bears down on US
Millions of Americans were braced on Friday for a monstrous blizzard which has sparked flight cancellations and shut down Washington’s public transport...
US university student arrested in North Korea for ‘committing hostile act’
A US university student has been arrested in North Korea on suspicion of committing a hostile act against the state.
Migrant death toll mounts: At least 20 people drown as two boats capsize
At least 21 people have drowned after boats smuggling migrants capsized in two separate incidents.
Real Madrid top soccer’s rich-list for 11th year but Premier League dominates
More than half of the top 30 highest-earning football clubs in the world play in the Premier League - but Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona lead...
Poaching shame: More than 1,200 rhinos killed for their horns last year
Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year in another catalogue of carnage fuelled by Asian-led demand for their horn, officials...
Wikileaks founder Assange to be quizzed over sex assault claims
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is to be questioned at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has hidden out for more than three years over allegations of sexual...
Unstoppable slide in price of oil sends share prices plunging across the globe
Stock markets worldwide have tumbled amid growing fears over the state of the world economy caused by the seemingly unstoppable slide in oil prices.
200 children among 1,000 civilians killed by Russia bombing raids in Syria
More than 1,000 civilians are now thought to have been killed in the four months of Russian air strikes in Syria.
Tycoon faces death penalty for murdering security guard in drunken rage
A millionaire businessman is facing the death penalty after being convicted of murder for ramming his car into a security guard.
Oscars are moving in the wrong direction: Clooney attacks lack of diversity
George Clooney says the Oscars are “moving in the wrong direction” as he weighed into the row over the lack of diversity among this year’s...
Dutch arrest 10 men for using Bitcoin to launder €20m drugs money
Ten men suspected of using the digital currency Bitcoin to launder up to €20 million ($22 million) of criminal money made from online drug deals have...
He left her the house, the car but forgot the Apple password…
A widow who wanted to use her dead husband’s Apple account to play games on her iPad was told that she could not have the password without getting...
A nation mourns: Vietnam’s beloved sacred turtle dies
A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam’s independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears...
At least 19 dead, including many students, as gunmen storm university
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack in which at least 19 people died at a university in Pakistan. Four of the attackers are known...
At least 21 dead, including many students, as gunmen storm university
At least 21 people have been killed in an attack by gunmen at a university in Pakistan.
Forget life on Mars, here’s a flower on the space station
Zinnias have opened their pretty petals for the first time on the International Space Station, and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly couldn’t be prouder.
Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq is razed by Islamic State
The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State’s relentless destruction of...
Fire hits renovated Paris Ritz ‘Princess Diana hotel’ weeks before reopening
Flames ripped through the top floor of the luxury Ritz Paris hotel on Tuesday – the hotel where Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed spent their last hours...
Isis holding 3,500 women and children as ‘slaves’ in Iraq, UN says
Islamic State is holding an estimated 3,500 women and children as slaves in Iraq, the United Nations says.
Never mind sharks, we’ve closed the beach after a snake invasion!
An invasion of poisonous snakes washed downriver in recent floods forced authorities to close beaches to summer holidaymakers in northern Argentina.
Global warming study shows man-made heat increases in oceans
The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study shows. Scientists have long known that more than 90 per...
Tributes for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, dead at 67
The guitarist and founder of US rock band the Eagles, Glenn Frey, has died aged 67. The band’s website announced that the musician - who also...

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