World News Digest

Hillary Clinton no longer finds Donald Trump funny
Hillary Clinton isn’t laughing anymore. In an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the Democratic frontrunner...
Blasts, gunshots as Taliban raid Kabul diplomatic quarter
Multiple blasts and gunfire rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarter as the Taliban pressed a deadly assault near the Spanish embassy in the early hours...
World leaders scramble as ‘very difficult’ issues dog climate talks
World powers must still make tough decisions to agree on a global climate pact that will head off the threat of global warming, U.S.
Brawl erupts in parliament as prime minister is hauled from podium by his crotch
A politician picked up his prime minister and dragged him from the podium as fighting broke out in the Ukraine parliament on Friday. Oleh Barna walked...
Fern favourite: New Zealand chooses a new flag but looks set to keep the old one
New Zealanders have chosen a silver fern on a black-and-blue background as their preferred flag design if the South Pacific nation decides to dump the...
Ferrari sells for $28m… but bidders zoom in on Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche
A 1956 Ferrari sold for $28 million at an auction where Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche also changed hands for three times as much as expected. The...
Wayward Pines to return for second series and ‘tension will be cranked up’
Hit drama Wayward Pines is to return for a second season, Fox has announced. The dark thriller about the last surviving members of humanity living in suburban...
Platini barred from Euro 2016 draw as he loses fight to lift temporary ban
Michel Platini has failed in his bid to have his 90-day ban from football lifted.
Islamic extremists ‘ignored California gun massacre wife’s contact attempts’
Islamic militant groups ignored contact attempts from gun killer Tashfeen Malik in the months before she and her husband killed 14 people at a California...
Billionaire dubbed ‘China’s Warren Buffet’ goes missing as corruption probe widens
A billionaire investor known as “China’s Warren Buffet” has gone missing.
Climate change talks drag into another day but ‘agreement is close’
Sleep-starved envoys trying to save mankind from catastrophic climate change aim to wrap up a historic Paris accord on Saturday after battling through...
Policeman faces life behind bars for raping women he told: ‘It’s sex or prison’
A former police officer has been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting more than a dozen black women in a poor neighbourhood he patrolled.
Crestfallen: Rare defeat for Barcelona as judges block trademark on club badge
Barcelona may be nigh-on unbeatable on the football field but off the pitch they have suffered a humbling defeat.
Outgoing Argentina leader Fernandez boycotts successor’s swearing in
Outgoing Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is boycotting the inauguration of her successor on Thursday.
Geneva on security alert as police hunt ‘four terrorists linked to Paris attacks’
Security is being stepped up in Geneva as police say they are hunting for suspected terrorists linked to the Paris attacks.
Trump scraps planned trip to Israel until ‘after I become president of the U.S.’
Donald Trump has scrapped a planned trip to Israel after his attack on Muslims entering the US ran into criticism from prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Argentina’s outgoing president entreats country to protect her legacy
In her last speech as Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner entreated the thousands of supporters gathered to bid her farewell in the centre...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s hydrogen bomb claim draws scepticism
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared on Thursday to claim the country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a step up from the less powerful atomic bomb,...
Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s hit-and-run conviction quashed
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has had his 2002 conviction for hit-and-run quashed by a Mumbai court.
Christmas comes early as first shipment in months arrives at space station
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received some early Christmas gifts as their first delivery for six months arrived on Wednesday.
Hero of the migrant crisis Angela Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time magazine’s person of the year for 2015. It praised her leadership during Europe’s...
Dozens killed in Taliban attack on military base at Afghan airport
Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting after Taliban insurgents attacked the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
Police raid Sydney house after ‘mystery of bitcoin creator is solved’
Police have raided the Sydney home of a man named as the likely creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin.
Billionaire founder of North Face clothing brand dies in kayak accident
US billionaire Douglas Tompkins, who co-founded the outdoor label The North Face, died in a kayaking accident in Chile’s southern Patagonia region. The...
Paris terror attacks: Third Bataclan gunman identified as French citizen
The third gunman involved in the terror attacks on Paris’ Bataclan music hall has been identified as a 23-year-old man from Strasbourg. Police...
You must wear a seatbelt… that’s gospel: Driver sings his way out of ticket
A man stopped by police for not wearing a seatbelt while driving has been able to charm his way out of a ticket - through the power of song. TJ Bristol,...
Police raid Sydney house after bitcoin ‘creator is named’
Police have raided the Sydney home of a man named as the likely creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin.
Residents trapped in ISIS stronghold as Iraqi forces close in
As Iraqi forces close in on the western city of Ramadi, thousands of civilians are effectively being held hostage inside by Islamic State militants who...
Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop transport system edges closer to reality
A California company with visions of building a futuristic transportation system to one day zip people and packages at nearly the speed of sound has announced...
Mona Lisa’s secret smile: Hidden portrait ‘found’ under Da Vinci’s masterpiece
A hidden portrait has been found underneath the Mona Lisa, a scientist has claimed.

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