World News Digest
North Korea ‘restarts’ nuclear reactor used to make plutonium
New satellite images indicate North Korea has restarted a reactor at a site used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons programme, a think tank has...
Lunar New Year sets off world’s largest human migration
Chinese are lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish for an auspicious start to the Lunar New Year.
Islamic State ‘planned to launch missiles tipped with chemicals’
Iraqi special forces say Islamic State were planning to launch long and short-range missiles tipped with chemical or biological war heads from western...
Usain Bolt stripped of historic Olympic gold after teammate doping case
Usain Bolt has been stripped of his relay gold medal from the 2008 Olympics in the doping case of relay teammate Nesta Carter.
Moody and neurotic? It could be linked to the shape of your brain
Personality traits such as moodiness or open-mindedness are linked to the shape of one’s brain, a study said.
Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 soar after Donald Trump adviser puts forward ‘alternative facts’
Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 have soared since Donald Trump’s adviser coined the phrase “alternative facts”.
Dissent towards North Korea regime is rising, says former London ambassador
Dissatisfaction with Kim Jong-Un’s leadership is growing among elites, according to a former number two at North Korea’s embassy in London.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris says her father was murdered
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris believes her father was murdered, and says she attempted suicide after his death.
Trump’s immigration crackdown to start with order to build Mexican wall
Donald Trump is set to launch his immigration crackdown with an order enabling construction of his Mexican border wall.
Gambia’s exiled leader ‘virtually emptied’ the coffers in final weeks
Gambia’s outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, has been accused of emptying the country’s banks of 500m Gambian dalasis (£9.2m) in the last...
Madonna clarifies her ‘blow up the White House’ comments
The singer has defended her fiery, expletive-laden speech at the Women’s March, saying her words were “taken wildly out of context.”...
Fangs a lot! Australian zoo needs spiders to be caught so they can be milked
An Australian zoo has asked “responsible adults” to collect funnel-web spiders so it can milk them in its antivenom programme.
Do roast potatoes and burnt toast increase the risk of cancer?
Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials.The danger foods include chips,...
Are selfies an art form? This London gallery will try to prove they are
David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and John Kerry have all posed for selfies.
Actor shot dead while filming scene for music video in Australia
An actor has been shot dead in a bar in Brisbane while shooting a music video for Australian hip hop duo Bliss n Eso.
Dozens killed after train derails in eastern India
At least 32 people have been killed after nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, police have said.
Italy avalanche: ‘Miracle’ as children pulled from hotel rubble
Four children were among those pulled alive from under tonnes of snow and debris days after a hotel was crushed by an avalanche in Italy.
Donald Trump begins repeal of Obamacare in first act as President
President Donald Trump has wasted no time in beginning work from the Oval Office, and has signed his first executive order aimed at “minimising the...
Le Pen: Brexit domino effect ‘will bring down Europe’
Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right Front National party, has said the Brexit vote has set off a domino effect that “will bring down all...
‘Many feared dead’ after Italy avalanche triggered by earthquake buries hotel
Up to 30 people are feared to have died after an avalanche believed to have been triggered by an earthquake hit a spa hotel in Italy.
Djokovic stunned in 2nd round at the Australian Open by wildcard
Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.
High-rise building collapse in Tehran kills 30 firefighters
Thirty firefighters have been killed after a high-rise building collapsed in Tehran, Iran’s state-run Press TV has said.
Man Utd see off Barca and Real Madrid to top football clubs rich list
They may be struggling to rediscover past glories on the pitch - but Manchester United are back on top of football’s money league for the first time...
Sir Paul McCartney steps up bid to reclaim Beatles song rights
Sir Paul McCartney is taking legal action against Sony/ATV as he fights to reclaim ownership of the Beatles hits he wrote with John Lennon.
Three ‘strong’ earthquakes strike central Italy and Rome
Three strong earthquakes have been felt in central Italy, with people in Rome saying they experienced the tremors, local media say.
Colo, world’s oldest gorilla in captivity, dies aged 60 at Columbus Zoo
A gorilla who spent her whole life in a zoo has died in her sleep less than a month after her 60th birthday.
Donald Trump praises wrong Ivanka in mistaken Twitter shout-out
The U.S. president-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter — instead he has accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka.
UK PM May says Britain ‘cannot remain in the Euro single market’
The final Brexit deal reached between the UK and EU will be voted on by both Houses of Parliament, Theresa May has announced.
Istanbul nightclub gunman ‘confesses’ to NYE attack after arrest
The man suspected of carrying out the New Year’s Eve shooting at an Istanbul nightclub has been arrested, Turkey’s prime minister has confirmed.
Search for missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 called off after three years
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called off, nearly three years after the plane disappeared with more than 200 people...