World News Digest

U.S. consulate families ordered to leave Istanbul over terror fears
Family members of U.S. consulate staff in Istanbul have been ordered to leave because of security concerns.
Australia moves to ban boatpeople for life under asylum shake-up
Australia moved on Sunday to bar any refugee or asylum-seeker who arrives in the country illegally by boat from ever being able to apply for a visa, even...
Mission accomplished: Trudeau on his way to sign historic EU trade deal
A controversial and much-delayed free trade deal between the European Union and Canada will be signed in Brussels on Sunday.
‘Rasputin’ at heart of South Korea presidential crisis to answer her critics
The woman at the heart of a lurid political scandal engulfing South Korean president Park Geun-Hye returned to the country on Sunday to face accusations...
I woke up and I saw hell: Italy rocked as powerful quake flattens buildings
A powerful earthquake has hit central Italy just days after tremors saw hundreds forced from their homes.
Mariano Rajoy reappointed Spanish prime minister as 10-month deadlock broken
Mariano Rajoy is expected to be sworn in on Sunday after winning enough votes in parliament to form a minority government as Spain’s prime minister.
Woman wins $70m after claiming Johnson’s baby powder gave her cancer
A cancer sufferer has been awarded more than $70 million after alleging that using Johnson’s baby powder gave her the disease.
Rebels begin fightback in major offensive to break two-month Aleppo siege
Fierce fighting broke out around Aleppo on Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government’s nearly two-month siege of...
Islamic State kills scores of civilians as it takes 8,000 families for human shields
Islamic State killed more than 200 people and has taken thousands more as human shields in the battle for Mosul, the United Nations said on Friday.
String of failures drove Rio Olympics drug-testing to ‘brink of collapse’
Drug-testing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics came to the brink of collapse with a string of serious failings, a damning World Anti-Doping Agency report...
Transformers movie-makers hit with $300,000 court bill in row over park logo
The Hollywood studio that made the latest Transformer blockbuster must pay more than two million yuan ($300,000) to a Chinese park because it failed to...
Spectacular 25-car train crash strands thousands of rail travellers
A spectacular cargo train derailment left cars piled up like toys, blocking two busy tracks and stranding thousands of travellers on Malaysia’s busy...
Passenger kills bus driver by dousing him in liquid and setting him on fire
A passenger doused a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane on...
Potty-mouthed president promises to stop swearing after ‘warning from God’
The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a “son of a bitch” and told Barack Obama to “go to hell,” says...
Belgium breaks deadlock on landmark EU-Canada trade pact
A landmark trade deal between the European Union and Canada is expected to go ahead after the Belgian government cleared a major hurdle.
UK gets jobs boost as Nissan commits to building two new models in Sunderland
Nissan says it will build two new car models in Sunderland, securing thousands of jobs and providing a major boost to the post-Brexit UK economy.
Twitter is slashing 9% of its global workforce
Social media giant Twitter has announced a major shake-up of its business, and is cutting 9% of its global workforce.
NATO continues biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since Cold War
Britain said on Wednesday that it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO’s...
Britain and U.S. send troops in biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since Cold War
Britain said on Wednesday that it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO’s...
Daylight reveals damage caused by two strong quakes that rattled central Italy
Daylight revealed widespread damage in central Italy on Thursday after strong earthquakes overnight that caused panic and fear among residents just two...
2016 becomes the worst year ever for migrant deaths in Mediterranean
This year has become the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to start a new life in Europe.
My dad is soooooo boring: How Obama was trolled by daughter on Snapchat
All parents are entitled to respect from their children, right? Especially if you are kind of leader of the free world? Not so Barack Obama, who was trolled...
You’re fascinated with sex: Trump ally Gingrich in bizarre rant at news anchor
A leading Donald Trump ally has accused news anchor Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated with sex” for reporting on allegations the Republican...
TV world pays tribute to The Simpsons writer and producer Kevin Curran
Comedy writer and producer Kevin Curran who spent 15 years working on The Simpsons, has died after a long illness.
Justin Timberlake pulls Instagram ballot selfie as he escapes punishment
Justin Timberlake has removed a selfie from his Instagram which showed him casting his vote in the US presidential election.
Two children had ‘miracle escape’ from deadly theme park ride crash
Two children were lucky to survive an accident on a river rapids ride which killed their mothers and two others at a popular theme park, police in Australia...
Duterte: I want to be friends with China and I want U.S. troops out of my country
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to turn his back on America and insists he wants his country to be free of foreign troops.
‘Incredibly aggressive’ seal attacks surfer at Sydney beach
A surfer has undergone surgery after being attacked by a seal, which also knocked another man off his surfboard.
Comedian Amy Schumer accused of racism over Beyonce parody
Comedian Amy Schumer has been accused of racism over her parody of Beyonce’s Formation music video.
Kim Kardashian West drops lawsuit against website over Paris robbery
Kim Kardashian West has dropped a defamation lawsuit against a website for claiming she had staged an armed robbery in Paris.

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