World News Digest
At least four dead as lorry rams into soldiers in Jerusalem
A lorry rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers as they got off a bus in Jerusalem, killing at least four people and injuring many more.
US vows to ‘shoot down’ North Korean missiles
The US Defence Secretary has said North Korean missiles pose a serious threat and will be shot down if they approach American territory.
Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies of heart attack
The former president of Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani, has died aged 82, according to Iranian state media reports.
Fears for homeless and migrants as deep freeze grips Europe
Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in...
Queen makes first public appearance since falling ill
Queen Elizabeth made her first public appearance since before Christmas on Sunday as she recovered from a heavy cold that caused the 90-year-old monarch...
Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt dies aged 75
British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt has died at the age of 75. Best known for the 1969 number one hit Where Do You Go To My Lovely, his family announced...
Istanbul nightclub attacker is ‘identified as Uzbek jihadist’
The attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the extremist...
Blizzards and icy weather continue their grip on Europe
Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures continue to sweep across Europe - causing more than a dozen deaths, grounding airplanes and crippling ferries...
Teary Michelle Obama signs off with message of hope to young people
Michelle Obama has used her final speech as First Lady to deliver an upbeat message to young people - telling them “this country belongs to you”.
Trump insists Mexico will pay U.S. back for building border wall
President-elect Donald Trump has insisted that any money spent by US taxpayers on a border wall will be repaid by Mexico.
Tributes pour in as award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of a heart attack
Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including “Gandhi”, “City of Joy” and “East is East”,...
South Korea moves closer to Kim Jong-Un ‘elimination plan’
South Korea is speeding up its plans to create a military force tasked with eliminating Pyongyang’s leadership - including Kim Jong-Un - in the event...
Radio signals traced to galaxy billions of light years away
Astronomers have located the source of a fast radio burst (FRB) — a rare and distant release of cosmic radio waves that lasts mere milliseconds —...
Brexit controversy as Sir Tim Barrow is given EU ambassador role
Brexit campaigners are split over the appointment of a career diplomat to take over as the UK’s ambassador to the European Union.
Living near busy roads increases the risk of dementia, says a new study
Living close to a busy road increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by up to 12%, a major study has found.
Donald Trump threatens General Motors with ‘big border tax!’
Donald Trump has taken aim at US car giant General Motors in his latest clash with big business as he prepares to take office.
18 Islamic State militants killed in Syria, Turkish military says
Turkey’s military on Tuesday 3 January said that at least 18 Islamic State (Isis) militants have been killed and around 37 injured in battle and...
Syrian rebels freeze talks of peace negotiations due to ceasefire violations
About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due...
George Michael’s partner blames hackers for singer’s ‘suicide attempt’ tweets
George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz has said that hackers were responsible for posting messages from his Twitter account that claimed George Michael...
Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency
His last presidential vacation behind him, Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his term, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put...
Vandalised Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’
No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn’t your hangovers playing tricks on you.
‘It is Usain Bolt’ - Olympic champ calls into Man United TV
Manchester United’s in-house television channel received a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss Saturday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough...
’M.A.S.H.’ star William Christopher dies at 84
M.A.S.H. star William Christopher has died at the age of 84. The stage and screen actor’s agent Robert Malcom said he died in the early hours of...
Mariah Carey botches New Year show in lip-sync meltdown
Mariah Carey suffered humiliation in front of millions of people after a series of technical glitches during her New Year gig in New York’s Times...
Queen Elizabeth II misses church due to ‘heavy cold’
Queen Elizabeth II was not well enough to attend the traditional New Year church service because of a lingering cold, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth II to miss church due to ‘heavy cold’
Queen Elizabeth II will not be well enough to attend the traditional New Year church service because of a lingering cold, Buckingham Palace said SundayThe...
G'day 2017! Sydney celebrates New Year with spectacular fireworks display
Sydney is ushering in 2017 with its renowned fireworks extravaganza over the city’s iconic harbour.
Deja vu: Sequels, prequels and remakes dominate 2017 in film
Film audiences are set for a trip down memory lane in 2017 as studios bet on reboots to conquer the box office.
Dozens killed in Baghdad market suicide bomb attack
At least 27 people have been killed and more than 50 injured by two suicide bombers who attacked a market in central Baghdad.
Theme park riders trapped 148ft in the air for eight hours
More than 20 people were stranded 148ft in the air for eight hours after an amusement park ride became stuck.