World News Digest
‘Catastrophe’ climate warnings as carbon levels break new records
Rising seas from global warming could submerge swathes of New York and Shanghai, and drive millions of people into poverty worldwide, researchers warned...
Six shot dead by rogue Jordanian police officer at training facility
Two Americans, a South African and three Jordanians have been shot dead by a police officer at a training facility in Jordan, according to a US official.
Sky’s the limit: Spectre tops US box office but misses Skyfall’s mark
New James Bond film Spectre has debuted with an estimated $73 million (£48.4m) at the US box office – the second biggest 007 opening of all...
Suu Kyi voters optimistic after Myanmar holds first free election in 25 years
Supporters of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi burst into boisterous celebration on Sunday after the country held its first free nationwide election in...
Actor Gunnar Hansen, who terrified millions in Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dies
The actor who terrified a generation as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre villain Leatherface has died.
Egypt air crash investigators ‘90% sure’ plane was brought down by a bomb
Investigators are “90% sure” the noise heard on the black box of a Russian airliner seconds before it crashed was caused by a bomb. "The...
Conservatives head for victory as migrants battle dominates Croatia election
A Conservative alliance which wants a clampdown on migration appeared to be heading for victory in Croatia’s first parliamentary election since joining...
John Lennon guitar sells for over $2.4 million at California auction
A guitar stolen from the late John Lennon in the 1960s sold for $2.41 million on Saturday at an auction in Beverly Hills, California, and a Beatles drum...
Apple defeats U.S. class action lawsuit over ‘demeaning’ bag searches
Apple Inc defeated a U.S. class action lawsuit brought by its retail workers over bag search practices at the company’s California brick and mortar...
Migrant crisis: EU’s Tusk tells Germany it must be tougher on border controls
Germany needs to be tougher in the refugee crisis and do more to help secure Europe’s external borders, European Council President Donald Tusk said...
At least 25 people remain missing after mine dams burst flooding villages
At least 25 people are missing after two dams burst at an iron mine in south-eastern Brazil unleashing a torrent of mud.
Diamonds are forever… and at $55m they ought to be
Huge blue and pink diamonds, the star attractions at major jewel auctions in Geneva in the coming days, are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollar...
Rivals China and Taiwan meet for first talks in six decades
The leaders of bitter rivals China and Taiwan have met for talks for the first time since splitting amid civil war 66 years ago. The historic meeting...
Two US police officers charged with murdering six-year-old autistic boy
Two Lousiana police officers have been charged with murder after a six-year old autistic boy was shot dead in his father’s car. It happened...
Chaos! Now Russia halts Egypt flights leaving thousands of tourists ‘trapped’
Russia is suspending flights to the whole of Egypt amid growing evidence that a jet with 224 people on board was blown up by a terrorist bomb. Vladimir...
Global warming pledges good but nowhere near enough, warns UN
Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 could still be up to 12 billion tonnes more than the level needed to keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius this...
British spies uncover intelligence of ‘bomb placed in Russian airplane hold’
British spies have uncovered evidence that suggests a bomb was smuggled into the hold of the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt, killing 224 people.
Cutbacks and condom shortage hampers India’s AIDS fight
Indian sex worker Shaalu is using fewer condoms when she meets her clients in New Delhi - not out of choice, but because a funding crunch and procurement...
Chinese president Xi calls for mutual trust with Vietnam
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for more mutual trust and cooperation with Vietnam in a speech to young people Friday on a visit intended to mend ties...
New Canada leader Trudeau pledges to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by New Year
Canada’s new prime minister vowed to make good on campaign promises to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the beginning of next year and bring home...
Homes swamped, dozens dead and missing as dam bursts at mine in Brazil
At least 16 people have died after a dam burst at an iron ore mine in south-eastern Brazil, flooding a small town nearby and submerging homes and vehicles.
IS bomb on Russia plane would herald new phase in conflict
At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports from the U.S. and Britain suggesting an Islamic State group bomb may have caused the Russian plane...
‘Unknown’ David Beckham kicks off UNICEF tour in Papua New Guinea
David Beckham has delighted Papua New Guinean villagers by playing in an exhibition match as part of a global charity tour, although the Pacific nation’s...
One billion log on to Facebook every day as revenues near $4.5bn
For the first time, one billion people now check their Facebook News Feed every day. The social network now has more than 1.5 billion registered users...
UK unveils powers to spy on web use, raising privacy fears
Britain unveiled plans for sweeping new surveillance powers on Wednesday, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers...
Maldives declares state of emergency after bomb blast on president’s boat
A state of emergency was declared in the Maldives on Wednesday, as president Abdulla Yameen sought to shore up his power following a suspected assassination...
Former athletics chief investigated for taking bribes to cover up doping
One of athletics most powerful figures is being investigated over allegations he took bribes for deferring sanctions against Russian drugs cheats. Former...
Government resigns after thousands protest over deadly nightclub fire
Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta announced the resignation of his government on Wednesday following huge protests in the wake of a nightclub fire that...
France striker Karim Benzema arrested in sex tape blackmail case
France striker Karim Benzema was arrested on Wednesday as part of an investigation into a blackmail case over a sex tape involving another player.
Taiwan and China leaders to hold historic meeting for first time since 1949
Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with the leader of neighbouring Taiwan on Saturday, the first such meeting between the two political rivals...