World News Digest

Quentin Tarantino says Confederate flag is the ‘American swastika’
Quentin Tarantino considers the Confederate flag the “American swastika” – and feels it is “about damn time” people questioned...
Indian Air Force base secure after suspected attack by Islamist militants
A 14-hour operation to secure an Indian miltary base attacked by suspected Islamist militants is over, police have said. They added that all four...
Backlash after Saudi Arabia executes 47 including Shia cleric
There has been fierce criticism of Saudi Arabia after it executed 47 people at prisons around the country including a prominent Shia cleric. Nimr...
India’s smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads
More than a million private cars were banned from New Delhi’s roads on Friday as authorities began testing drastic new measures to cut smog in the...
Germany lifts alert of imminent attack in Munich, hunts suspects
A terror warning in Munich on New Year’s Eve that led to the evacuation of two train stations was not a false alert, security officials said Friday,...
Two dead after killer with semi-automatic rifle opens fire inside Tel Aviv pub
A gunman sprayed bullets into a crowded bar in Tel Aviv on Friday, killing two people and leaving several others seriously injured.
Pope calls for ‘end to false neutrality and indifference’ which fuels suffering
Pope Francis has called for an end to the “arrogance of the powerful” which relegates the weak to the outskirts of society and to the “false...
Police hunt ‘seven suicide bomb plotters’ after threat to new year celebrations
Up to seven suspects are being hunted by police who they believe were planning a suicide bomb attack in Munich.
Actor Wayne Rogers, who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies at 82
Actor Wayne Rogers, who played wise-cracking surgeon Trapper John in M*A*S*H has died.
George Lucas apologises to Disney for saying he sold Star Wars to ‘white slavers’
Star Wars creator George Lucas has apologised after comparing Disney to white slave traders.
Police question Netanyahu wife over ‘household spending from state funds’
Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been questioned by police over allegations of using public funds for...
Expelled journalist warns of dangers in Chinese crackdown on media
A reporter forced to leave Beijing after being accused of supporting terrorism arrived home in France on Friday warning of dark days ahead for journalists...
Rwanda president to seek a third term but rules out being an ‘eternal leader’
Rwandan president Paul Kagame says he will seek a third term in 2017 after voters approved constitutional changes which could allow him to stay in office...
Kim Jong Un rattles his sabre … but pledges to work for peace and stability in Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was ready for war if provoked but he stayed away from past threats involving his country’s nuclear weapon...
Odd-even rule clears millions of cars from streets of world’s filthiest city
New Delhi began a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution on Friday by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks.
Munich stations closed as terror threats cast a shadow over new year celebrations
Two train stations in Munich were evacuated over fears of a planned suicide bomb attack as Europe ushered in the new year amid heightened security.
And a merry Christmas to you … twice: Ukraine mulls double celebration
As if one day of good tidings, comfort and joy was not enough… Ukraine is considering celebrating Christmas twice.
Egyptian president al-Sisi convenes parliament for first time in three years
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for Egypt’s parliament to convene for the first time in three years.
‘Heavy wave’ kills one and injures two on North Sea gas drilling rig
A worker has died after a heavy wave slammed into a North Sea drilling rig. The man was among three injured when the water slammed into the Chinese-owned...
King of Mandela’s clan begins 12-year jail term for arson and kidnapping
The king of Nelson Mandela’s clan in South Africa has started a 12-year jail sentence for arson, kidnapping and assault.
Three Palestinians among nominees for the ‘Nobel Prize’ of teaching award
Three Palestinian teachers are among the final 50 nominees for global teacher of the year - a million-dollar award that organisers hope will come to be...
‘Rat on a plane’ forces Air India flight to turn back
A “suspected rat sighting” in the cabin forced an Air India plane carrying more than 200 passengers to return to Mumbai almost three hours...
Asylum-seekers demand to be moved after complaining their shelter is haunted
Asylum-seekers have asked to be moved from their temporary housing because they believe it’s haunted.
Axl Rose and Slash bury the hatchet as Guns N’ Roses ‘to reform for stadium tour’
Guns N’ Roses are set to reform with founding members Axl Rose and Slash to play at the Coachella Festival in California in April.
Apple to pay €318 million to shake off investigation into unpaid tax in Italy
Apple has agreed to pay €318m (£235m) to settle a dispute with Italian authorities after allegations that it dodged tax payments.
Two suspected ISIS members held in Turkey over New Year attack plot
Turkish police have detained two people in Ankara suspected of plotting a New Year suicide attack, say reports.
Strongest El Nino threatens worldwide hunger and disease, warn experts
This year’s El Niño weather phenomenon is the strongest on record and is going to increase the risk of drought and hunger across the world,...
South Korean ‘comfort women’ protest against deal with Japan
Hundreds of South Korean protesters joined two surviving former “comfort women” on Wednesday to denounce an agreement with Japan to resolve...
All Blacks star Sonny Bill under fire for dead Syrian children Twitter images
New Zealand rugby star and U.N. Children’s Fund ambassador Sonny Bill Williams has provoked a storm of controversy after posting graphic photos of...
Mystery as ‘closest comrade’ of N Korea’s Kim Jong-un dies in car crash
A senior North Korean official has died in a car crash - the latest misfortune to hit Kim Jong-Un’s close circle of deputies. Kim Yang-Gon was...

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