World News Digest
‘North Korean ghost boats’ wash up in Japan after deadly hunt for fish
Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that...
US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino
A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman.
Germany commits to join campaign against IS as Britain eyes airstrikes
The German cabinet has approved plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Germany will commit up to 1,200 soldiers to support...
Heroes in a half shell! Japan train workers save turtles from grisly death
Railway workers in Japan have devised an ingenious scheme to prevent daredevil turtles from meeting a grisly end – and delaying trains – while...
Clone factory scientist eyes human replication and says technology already there
The Chinese scientist behind the world’s biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans and is only holding off for fear...
Faulty part and ‘crew action’ caused AirAsia plane crash, report concludes
Indonesian investigators say a faulty part and subsequent “crew action” caused the AirAsia plane crash that killed 162 people. The Airbus...
Carrie Fisher describes pressure to lose the pounds for Princess Leia
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has spoken of the pressure to lose weight for the new movie, saying Hollywood’s obsession with appearance is “insane”.
Putin alleges Turkey shot down jet to protect IS oil supply
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the reason Turkey downed a Russian warplane last week was that it wanted to protect supplies of oil from...
In wake of EU deal, Turkey detains 1,300 migrants in sweep
Turkish authorities rounded up some 1,300 refugees on Monday that they said were planning to sail to Greece from hideouts near secluded Aegean beaches...
Sorry the hardest word: Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet
Turkey’s prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologise for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after...
Jewish youths found guilty of Palestinian teen murder
Two Jewish youths have been convicted of murdering a Palestinian teenager in revenge for the killing of three Israeli youths.
Japanese illustrator considered father of manga-anime art, dies aged 93
An award-winning Japanese manga artist, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War II helped propel anime...
Suu Kyi to meet president and military chief ‘to smooth path to power’
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet President Thein Sein and military chief Min Aung Hlaing on Wednesday, their first meeting since she...
A reasoned argument over seasoned debate? Salt level ‘warning’ takes effect
New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
Smog chokes Beijing as climate talks get under way
China’s capital Beijing maintained an “orange” pollution alert, the second-highest level, on Monday, closing highways, halting or suspending...
Saudi women candidates begin first ever election campaign
Women in Saudi Arabia running for public office for the first time in the country’s history are set to begin campaigning.
Colorado abortion clinic murder suspect said ‘no more baby parts’
The man accused of killing three people at an abortion clinic in the U.S. said “no more baby parts” when he was arrested, according to media...
Protesters push leaders to avert climate catastrophe
Masses of people joined a worldwide wave of marches on Saturday demanding leaders craft a pact to avert a climate catastrophe when they gather in a still-shaken...
Nearly 1,000 ‘security risks’ denied entry to France since Paris attacks
Nearly 1,000 people thought to pose security risks have been denied entry into France since tougher border controls were imposed.
The devil wears maternity clothes: Anne Hathaway ‘pregnant with first child’
Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway is said to be preparing for her next big role: being a mum. The Devil Wears Prada star is pregnant with her first...
Family of drowned Syrian three-year-old Aylan is cleared to move to Canada
Relatives of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a beach, sparking worldwide outrage at the refugee crisis, have been cleared to move...
Rocket attack on UN peacekeeping base in Mali leaves three dead
Gunmen fired rockets in an attack on a base for UN peacekeepers in Mali, leaving three people dead. Up to five rockets landed inside the base in...
Thousands take to the streets at start of weekend of climate change protests
Thousands turned out for climate change marches in Manila and Brisbane on Saturday, part of a weekend of action across the globe to demand results from...
Pope pays homage to martyrs who died rather than renounce their faith
Pope Francis paid his respects on Saturday to Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith. A sombre Francis prayed at...
Japan defies claims it’s killing for meat to resume whaling in the Antarctic
Japan will resume research whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, despite a lack of evidence that it has a scientific purpose. The...
Polanski sees threat of jail lifted after 40-year legal tussle
Film director Roman Polanski has finally had the threat of jail lifted after Polish prosecutors agreed not to extradite him to the U.S.
Hollande vows to crush ‘army of fanatics’ as France pays tribute to Paris victims
President Francois Hollande vowed Friday to destroy the “army of fanatics” behind the Paris attacks but also said France would respond with...
Turkey warns Russia not to ‘play with fire’ as jet row escalates further
Moscow slapped sanctions on Ankara on Friday as the war of words over a downed Russian warplane escalated, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
‘Child rapist’ Polanski sees threat of jail lifted after 40-year legal tussle
Film director Roman Polanski has had the threat of jail finally lifted after Polish prosecutors agreed not to extradite him to face sentencing for rape.
Whistleblower whose leaks exposed bank tax evasion jailed for five years
A whistleblower whose disclosures uncorked the Swissleaks scandal of bank-supported tax evasion, was jailed for five years on Friday.