World News Digest

Bashar al-Assad: Donald Trump could be a ‘natural ally’
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Donald Trump could be a “natural ally” if he fulfils his pledge to fight “terrorists”.
‘Post-truth’ declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
The most popular and relevant word of 2016 is “post-truth” thanks to a huge spike around the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s successful...
Angela Merkel will run for fourth term next year, party ally says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term next year, a lawmaker in her conservative party said, though her spokesman brushed off the comments...
Sir Richard Branson unveils supersonic passenger jet faster than Concorde
Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a prototype for a supersonic passenger airliner which its designers claim will be able to fly passengers from London to...
Tsunami hits New Zealand after powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake
A tsunami has hit New Zealand after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country’s South Island.
Tsunami hits New Zealand after multiple powerful earthquakes
A tsunami has hit New Zealand’s South Island after a series of powerful earthquakes struck across the centre of the country.
Eagles Of Death Metal singer ‘barred from Bataclan’
Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes is said to have been told he was “not welcome” at the Bataclan’s emotional first concert...
British Armed Forces chief says NATO will survive Trump threat
The head of Britain’s Armed Forces is sure NATO will survive, despite US President-elect Donald Trump describing the organisation as “obsolete”.
Iraqi army recaptures ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State
The Iraqi army says it has recaptured the ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State.
Japanese journalist denies allegation he is an IS sympathiser
A Japanese journalist deported from Iraq denied on Thursday allegations by Kurdish officials that he is a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group.
Python owner not guilty after snake killed two young boys in Canada
A Canadian man whose python escaped from his pet shop and killed two young boys has been cleared of criminal negligence causing death.
Merkel’s conservatives warn of Trump effect in Germany
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and other conservatives warned on Thursday that populists would pose a problem for Europe unless mainstream...
German rail dispatcher admits hitting wrong button in train crash that killed 12
A German rail dispatcher admitted at the start of his trial on Thursday that his negligence caused a train crash that killed 12 people as he was playing...
UK ‘flash crash’ trader Navinder Sarao pleads guilty in US
A London-based trader on Wednesday became the second person convicted of criminally spoofing U.S.
Fatalities reported after tram overturns in south London
There has been “some loss of life” after a tram overturned in Croydon, south London, police have said.
Trump beats Clinton in U.S. election to take White House in stunning upset
Donald Trump has stunned the world by defeating Hillary Clinton to be elected the 45th president of the United States in one of the most divisive elections...
Setback for British PM as High Court rules no Brexit without parliamentary vote
Theresa May cannot trigger Brexit without putting it to an MPs’ vote in the House of Commons, the High Court has ruled.
Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to U.S. actor Steven Seagal
Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Pakistan train crash kills at least 20 in Karachi
At least 20 people have been killed and 60 others were injured when two trains carrying hundreds of passengers collided in the Pakistani city of Karachi.
Clinton recovers from email probe to regain poll lead over Trump
Hillary Clinton is six percentage points ahead of her rival Donald Trump in the latest US election poll - regaining the lead she held before last week’s...
Lebanon’s Hariri named PM and asked to form new government
Lebanon’s president asked Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri to form a new government on Thursday, after he won the support of a majority of MPs including...
‘I’m the luckiest girl in the world’: Meghan Markle fuels Prince Harry romance rumours
American actress Meghan Markle has fanned the flames of speculation over her rumoured romance with Prince Harry in posts online.
Aleppo truce extended amid fears of final Russian assault
A ceasefire in Aleppo has been extended by 10 hours, amid fears Russia is preparing a final assault on the rebel-held part of the city.
Suspect in fatal ambush of two U.S. police officers is captured
Police in Iowa said they have captured a man suspected of killing two police officers hours earlier as they sat in their patrol cars in what authorities...
Val Kilmer denies cancer rumours after Michael Douglas comments
Actor Val Kilmer has denied rumours of cancer after his friend and former co-star Michael Douglas said he was unwell.
Two U.S police officers shot dead in separate ‘ambush-style’ attacks
Two police officers have been shot dead in Iowa in what authorities have described as separate “ambush-style” attacks.
MH370 flight dived rapidly when it vanished, new report claims
New analysis of the final moments of doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has suggested the aircraft plunged at an increasing speed with no human intervention.
Two billion children worldwide breathe toxic air, Unicef says
A new report from Unicef says about a third of the two billion children in the world who breath in toxic air live in northern India and neighbouring countries.
Italy’s strongest earthquake in 36 years reduces towns to rubble
People were pulled injured from the rubble in towns across central Italy after buildings collapsed when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit “like a bomb”.
Astronauts return to Earth after 115-days on International Space Station
Three astronauts from the U.S., Japan and Russia have returned to Earth after a 115-day mission on board the International Space Station.

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