World News Digest

NATO chief says military intervention in Syria would make matters worse
The head of NATO has defended the alliance for not intervening in Syria and said doing so would make matters worse as the evacuation of hundreds of people...
Fifty-one-year-old Bernard Hopkins knocked out of ring in final fight
Former world champion Bernard Hopkins’ long and illustrious career ended in a brutal defeat when the 51-year-old light heavyweight was knocked out...
Idlib likely to be Syria’s next bloody theater after Aleppo
The battle for Aleppo has gripped the world, but it is hardly the only active front across war-torn Syria.
Donald Trump slams Chinese seizure of US drone as ‘unpresidented act’
Donald Trump has hit out at the Chinese seizure of a US underwater drone in international waters as an “unpresidented (sic) act”.
Doctor Who Christmas special not like ‘grim’ superhero films - Capaldi
Peter Capaldi has praised the Doctor Who Christmas special for harking back to the days of vintage superhero films, describing modern superhero movies...
Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey the White House needs a ‘grown-up’
Michelle Obama has said America needs a “grown-up” in the White House during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Magnitude 7.9 tremor off the coast of Papua New Guinea
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The earthquake struck 29 miles to the east of Taron on Saturday, the US Geological...
At least 13 killed as car bomb blast hits bus carrying soldiers in Turkey
At least 13 soldiers have been killed and 55 wounded in a car bomb attack on a bus carrying off-duty troops in Turkey.
‘Wrong baby’ security fears raised by inspection at top British hospital
Europe’s biggest hospital has been told to improve security or risk mothers leaving with the wrong baby.
First convoy carrying injured leaves rebel-held areas of Aleppo
The first convoy of people needing medical aid has begun to leave rebel-held areas in Aleppo, according to a monitoring group.
Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy led to breast cancer test increase
Angelina Jolie’s decision to publicise her double mastectomy led to a sharp rise in breast cancer genetic testing, researchers have said.
Cairo church bombing kills 25, raises fears among Christians
A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the...
Turkey vows vengeance after stadium blasts kill 38
Turkey has vowed vengeance for the victims of twin blasts outside a football stadium in Istanbul that killed 38 people and injured more than 150.
Explosion near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral kills 25, wounds dozens
A bomb explosion near the Coptic Christian cathedral in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, has killed 25 people and wounded dozens.
At least 160 dead after church roof collapses in Nigeria
The roof of a church has collapsed during a packed service in Nigeria, killing at least 160 worshippers, a hospital director has said.
Rudy Giuliani rules out taking up post in Trump administration
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani will not join President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration after he takes office next month, it has...
Pakistan passenger plane ‘on fire’ before crashing with 47 onboard
A plane was burning in the air before it plummeted into the ground after take-off in Pakistan, according to witnesses.
Aleppo rebels call for five-day ceasefire to allow evacuation
Rebel fighters have called for a five-day ceasefire for medical and civilian evacuations from eastern Aleppo.
Earth heading for 25-hour day as orbit slows
Days on Earth are getting longer, a team of experts has concluded, as they predict in the future there will be 25 hours in a day.
Trump fires aide’s son over fake Clinton story
Donald Trump has reportedly fired one of his staff for pushing fake news about Hillary Clinton being involved in a child-sex ring.
Mayor and journalists shot dead in small town in Finland
A mayor and two journalists have been shot dead by a man with a rifle in the small town of Imatra in Finland.
Virgin Galactic spaceship makes first glide flight
Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first free flight, a glide test that begins the next phase in testing of the commercial suborbital...
Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric in state of the nation address
President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, saying Moscow wanted to get on with...
Creator of the McDonald’s Big Mac dies aged 98
The man behind one of the most recognizable fast-food sandwiches, McDonald’s Big Mac, died this week at age 98.
CIA chief warns Trump against ripping up Iran deal
Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the “height of folly” for President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington’s...
You can now download shows and movies to Netflix and chill offline
Netflix subscribers can now download shows and movies to watch during a flight, when traveling by car, or for any other time when there is limited or no...
Pilot told controllers he was out of fuel just before crash that killed soccer players
The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel before crashing into the Andes, according...
Bombs rain down on Aleppo as rebels vow to resist army, despite catastrophic losses
Syrian rebels on Wednesday vowed to fight on in east Aleppo in the face of sudden government advances that have cut the city’s opposition sector...
OPEC agrees to first cut in output since 2008, sends oil prices soaring
OPEC has agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years, ending a strategy of high supply that had aimed to cripple the U.S.
Donald Trump to leave business empire to concentrate on Presidency
Donald Trump will withdraw from running his businesses to avoid any perception of conflict of interest when he becomes president.

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