World News Digest
Breathe uneasy: Beijing’s first ever pollution ‘red alert’ comes into effect
Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital’s first ever pollution “red alert” came into effect...
It could be 6 months before I can eat an apple, says battered UFC star Rousey
UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has broken her silence to admit she is months away from even beginning to think about getting into the Octagon again.
Cell Block H soap star Kirkpatrick cleared on appeal of abusing teenager
Prisoner: Cell Block H actress Maggie Kirkpatrick broke down in tears after her convictions for molesting a 14-year-old girl more than 30 years ago were...
Deep space mine: The new gold rush is just out of this world
Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping “space water” might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new...
Sri Lankan maid wins reprieve from death by stoning in Saudi
Saudi authorities have agreed to retry a Sri Lankan housemaid sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, her country’s deputy foreign minister said...
Pistorius granted bail until April as he awaits sentence for Reeva’s murder
Oscar Pistorius has been bailed once again over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Foreign fighters flock to ISIS cause, doubling in numbers to 30,000 in a year
The number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled since last year to at least 27,000, a report by an intelligence consultancy said...
Pistorius arrives in court to try to avoid jail stretch for killing girlfriend
Oscar Pistorius has arrived at the High Court in Pretoria as he tries to avoid jail before being sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The...
He’s staying far, far away: Jar Jar Binks (and Ewoks) miss Force Awakens
Star Wars fans are breathing a sigh of relief after the producer of the new film confirmed the goofy, unpopular Jar Jar Binks will not be making a return.
Beijing closes schools and bans cars as smog health fears reach highest level
Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on Monday, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half...
Syria accuses US-led coalition of killing regime troops
Syria expressed outrage on Monday after a suspected US-led coalition strike for the first time killed regime troops, but the coalition denied its warplanes...
We’ve done our best, so agree to disagree, says Japan’s whaling minister
Japan has done nothing wrong by sending its whaling fleet out on its annual Antarctic hunt and the world must agree to disagree on the issue, the country’s...
Ho, ho, snow: Santa’s helpers get jolly on the slopes
Santa and his helpers hit the ski slopes to spread some holiday cheer on Sunday.
Panama jungle island is nerve centre for climate researchers
In a manmade lake in the Panama Canal sits an island whose compact jungle is teeming with researchers studying biodiversity and climate change –...
Australia seeks ‘ideas boom’ with tax breaks and visa boosts
Australia will introduce an entrepreneur visa and offer tax breaks for start-ups, the government said on Monday as it tries to unleash an “ideas...
Muslims are on front line of Syria war, says NATO boss, ruling out ground troops
NATO has ruled out sending ground troops to fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said, stressing the...
Venezuelan opposition trounces socialists in blow to ‘Chavismo’
Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, trouncing the ruling party and altering the balance of power after almost...
French far right sees record score in first poll since attacks
France’s far-right National Front (FN) pulled off a historic win on Sunday, topping the vote in the first round of regional elections, in a breakthrough...
At least 32 Islamic State fighters ‘killed in coalition airstrikes in Syria’
At least 32 Islamic State fighters were killed on Sunday in US-led coalition air strikes on the group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa province.
Far-right set for big gains in first French elections since Paris terror attacks
France’s far-right National Front looked on course for gaining control of at least one region for the first time, as polls opened on Sunday in the...
18 killed in commuter train crash after ‘minibus driver ignored red signal’
A commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus Sunday at a railroad crossing in Indonesia’s capital, killing 18 people and seriously injuring...
Islamic State warns of more attacks after car bomb kills governor of Aden
The governor of Aden was killed in a car bombing on Sunday, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack.
Was God smiling on him?: Morgan Freeman unhurt after forced plane landing
Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman escaped uninjured when the plane he was travelling in was forced into an emergency landing.
Not dead yet: Taliban leader Mansoor ‘releases audio to prove he’s still alive’
Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has released a rare audio recording in which he denies claims by an Afghan official that he was wounded in a shootout...
Far-right eyes big gains in French regional elections
France’s far-right National Front (FN) is widely predicted to take a step towards gaining control of at least one region for the first time, as polls...
Commuter train hits passenger bus in Indonesia leaving at least 14 dead
A commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus Sunday at a railroad crossing in Indonesia’s capital, killing at least 14 people and seriously...
Obama describes assault weapons loophole as ‘insane’
In a sombre weekly address Barack Obama described a loophole in America’s gun laws that allow a person on the no-fly list to buy an assault weapon...
Obama describes US assault weapons loophole as ‘insane’
Barack Obama has described a loophole in America’s gun laws that allow a person on the no-fly list to buy an assault weapon as “insane”. The...
Three men arrested over presumed murder of Australian surfers in Mexico
Authorities in the Mexican state of Sinaloa say they have arrested three men over the presumed murder of two Australian surfers. They allegedly shot...
Prince Harry ends South Africa trip with endangered animals plea
Prince Harry has ended his tour of South Africa by reinforcing his commitment to helping vulnerable young people and supporting his brother’s crusade...