World News Digest
Gambia president bans FGM, activists demand law to ‘save countless lives’
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) with immediate effect, but campaigners said on Tuesday a law is needed to “save...
Some metro services and schools reopen in Brussels as new Paris suspect named
Stations on Brussels’ metro have re-opened after the system was shut down following fears of a Paris-style attack. Police and security services...
Obama and Hollande talks complicated by Russian plane incident
Standing in solidarity after the Paris attacks, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande opened talks on Tuesday about expanding the...
World’s largest cloning factory to produce cattle, police dogs and pets
The world’s largest animal cloning factory is under construction in China, with plans to churn out dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a...
Nato calls urgent meeting after Turkey shoots down Russian war plane
NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting Tuesday at Ankara’s request to discuss Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter...
15-year-old boy dies of Ebola in Liberia, first fatality for months
A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, chief medical...
Turkey shoots down Russian war plane ‘for violating in its airspace’
Turkish F16s have shot down a Russian jet which violated the country’s airspace, according to presidential sources official.
Almost all organs donated in China for transplant unused, shows report
Almost all human organs donated for transplant in China go unused, state-run media said, after years of controversy about the use of body parts from executed...
Mr Who? Australian Phuc Dat Bich ‘honoured’ after name goes viral
Australian man Phuc Dat Bich, who became an internet sensation after complaining his Facebook page kept being shut down, says he is honoured his name has...
No global appetite for troops on ground in Syria, says Aussie PM
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday there was no global support for a US-led ground force to destroy the Islamic State group, which...
Russian jets ‘hit 472 Islamic State targets’ in Syria in past two days
Moscow on Monday said its warplanes had hit 472 targets in war-torn Syria in the past two days, including tanker trucks and oil infrastructure in territory...
FIFA president Sepp Blatter: ‘I was between angels and the devil’
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has spoken about his recent near-death experience, likening it to a competition between angels and the devil.
Pro-Kurdish leader says he escaped assassination attempt
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas has reportedly escaped an assassination attempt after his car was hit by a bullet, his...
5 more held in new raids as soldiers patrol streets of Brussels
Belgium has detained five more people following raids on Monday morning in the Brussels and Liege regions as it searches the country’s links to the...
Hollande hopes to spur U.S. to do more against Islamic State
French President Francois Hollande hopes to spur Washington to greater action against Islamic State, but it is unclear to what extent he can overcome the...
Soldiers patrol Brussels, guard EU buildings, after overnight arrests
Soldiers patrolled the streets of Brussels and guarded European Union buildings on the third day of a security lockdown on Monday, as police hunted an...
And then there were three: Rare northern white rhino dies in captivity
A northern white rhinoceros - one of just four remaining worldwide - has died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California. The 41-year-old female...
Bahrain tortured detainees years after 2011 protests, says Human Rights Watch
Bahrain’s security forces tortured detainees in the years after its 2011 protests, despite a government promise to stop such abuses in the island...
Opposition leader Macri ousts free-spenders from power in Argentina
Conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, bringing to an end more than a decade of free-spending...
Ruff justice: Doggie DNA tests to nail those who poop but don’t scoop
Dog and cat owners are steaming after being asked to submit their pets to DNA testing in a clampdown on fouling.
Sentence condemned as ‘a sham’ as Iran jails US journalist for spying
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term after being convicted of spying in Iran.
Obama vows to ‘hunt down IS leaders’ as Assad says airstrikes are working
President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday that the U.S and its international partners “will not relent” in the fight against Islamic State, insisting...
Street parties and police on patrol as opposition leaders hanged for war crimes
Two opposition leaders were hanged in Bangladesh on Sunday for war crimes during the independence conflict with Pakistan, sparking fears of a violent backlash.
Things turn really ugly: Protests and cheating claims at Mr Ugly contest
Riots broke out amid claims of cheating after pageant judges crowned the latest winner of Zimbabwe’s fourth annual Mister Ugly contest.
Paris terror: Bataclan band tell how victims were slaughtered in dressing room
The lead singer of the band playing at the Bataclan concert hall on the night of the Paris attacks has described how gunmen slaughtered fans who hid in...
Obama vows to ‘hunt down IS leaders’ and urges Putin to join coalition
President Barack Obama vowed Sunday that the United States and its international partners “will not relent” in the fight against the Islamic...
‘Resurrection plants’ offer hope as climate turns hostile
As the race to adapt to climate change quickens, a South African scientist is leading global research into developing crops that mimic the extraordinary...
Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada following ‘credible’ bomb threat
A Turkish Airlines flight from New York to Istanbul has been diverted to Canada after a bomb threat, police have said. The plane landed safely at...
90 bodies pulled from landslide at Myanmar jade mine with scores missing
At least 90 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State and an estimated 100 people are still missing,...
‘Dozens feared dead’ after gunmen go on shooting rampage at luxury hotel
Dozens of hostages are feared dead after gunmen rampaged through a five-star hotel in Mali.