World News Digest

Medical charity MSF ends Mediterranean rescues, appeals to EU
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has ended its sea rescue operation aimed at reducing the number of migrants and asylum seekers killed...
Death sentence upheld for Bangladesh Islamist party chief
Bangladesh’s top court on Wednesday upheld a death sentence given to the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for atrocities and...
1,000 men sexually assault or mug 80 women in German city during one night
German police are holding crisis talks with officials in Cologne after at least 80 women reported being sexually assaulted or mugged by gangs of men on...
1,000 men mug and sexually assault 80 women in German city on one night
German police are holding crisis talks with officials in Cologne after at least 80 women reported being sexually assaulted and mugged by gangs of men on...
He’s still out there: France honours Charlie Hebdo victims one year on
France has marked the first anniversary of the attacks in Paris which started at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and ended with 17 people killed.
Secretive electric car startup unveils Batmobile-style prototype
Electric car startup Faraday Future has unveiled its futuristic prototype vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Study finds West Africa at highest risk of bat-to-human virus spread
Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead to deadly outbreaks,...
Girls, don’t date the nerd, be the nerd, urges Zuckerberg
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has advised women not to date nerds if they want to be successful - but to be nerds.
8yo boy left disfigured by chimp attack to undergo facial reconstruction
An African boy left severely disfigured after an attack by a group of chimpanzees two years ago is to be operated on by top surgeons in the US.
Watch as 3-year-old girl caught up in carjacking found alive, alone in park
Police have released footage of the moment they found a three-year-old girl who was reported missing after the car she was in was stolen from a supermarket...
Tokyo sends huge plutonium cache – enough to make 50 nuclear bombs – to US
Japan will send a huge cache of plutonium – enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs – to the United States as part of a deal to return the material...
Japan sushi boss pays $117,000 for giant endangered bluefin tuna
A Japanese sushi boss today paid more than $117,000 for a giant bluefin tuna as Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market held its last New Year auction ahead...
Defiant British PM says ISIS execution video ‘desperate stuff’
British Prime Minister David Cameron says a new Islamic State video of a masked man and young boy demonstrates the group is “under pressure”.
Sheldon and Leonard rejoice – four new elements added to periodic table
In news that will send Dr Sheldon Cooper and friends into a frenzy, four new elements have been added to the periodic table.
Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control
President Barack Obama is slated to finalise a set of new executive actions tightening the nation’s gun laws, making his first order of business...
At least 2 gunmen still holed up at Indian air force base
At least two gunmen remain holed up in a two-storey building on an Indian air force base near the Pakistan border and exchanging gunfire with troops, more...
Japan’s Abe sets out on international path to bolster domestic support
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stymied by a still sputtering economy, is seeking to burnish his legacy and shore up support ahead of an election in...
Charlie Hebdo reveals special edition one year on from massacre
French magazine Charlie Hebdo will mark the anniversary of an Islamist attack on its Paris offices with an edition featuring an armed man representing...
Chinese markets halt trading for the day after shares plunge
Trading on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets has been suspended for the day, after shares plunged by about 7%. The Shanghai Composite Index...
Several deaths after strong 6.8 quake hits near India-Myanmar border
At least five people have been killed and 100 others injured after an earthquake measuring 6.8 struck in eastern India, sending people running from their...
Reported: strong 6.8 quake hits near India-Myanmar border
A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country’s borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh early Monday, the US Geological Survey...
Ten people hurt, five seriously, as Mini smashes into Dakar Rally spectators
At least 10 people have been injured, five seriously, after a car came off the road and smashed into spectators during the prologue stage of the Dakar...
China rejects protests over plane landing on disputed artificial island
China has rejected a protest from Vietnam after one of its planes landed on an artificial island in a disputed area of the South China Sea.
I have to say what I have to say: Trump shrugs off terror recruitment video clip
Donald Trump has shrugged off fresh controversy after a clip of his call for Muslims to be banned from the US was used in extremist propaganda.
Two Jews charged over revenge firebombing which killed Palestinian family
Two Jewish youths have been charged over the firebomb killings of a Palestinian family, a case widely cited for inflaming tensions in the West Bank. One...
Mexico mayor is shot dead in her home just one day after taking office
The mayor of a Mexican city has been shot dead less than a day after taking office.
Body of former Ivory Coast footballer is pulled from the River Rhine
Ivory Coast international footballer Steve Gohouri has been found dead in Germany, more than three weeks after being reported missing. The body of...
Death toll in attack on Indian air base rises to 11 as commando is blown up
Seven troops have died during a 14-hour long battle with Islamic militants who attacked an Indian air force base.
Shark attack in northeast Australia leaves swimmer seriously injured
A man is in a serious condition after fighting off a shark while swimming in the sea off the coast of northeast Australia.
Plane crash into building in Alaska ‘was pilot suicide’, say his family
A man who died when his light aircraft crashed into a building committed suicide, according to his family.

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