World News Digest

Cycling great Anna Meares calls time on glittering track racing career
Cycling great Anna Meares has announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 33.
NFL star lauded for his fightback from paralysis is killed in car crash
An American football star hailed as an inspiration for learning to walk again after being paralysed by an injury on the field, has been killed in a car...
Missiles fired at warship as U.S. risks being dragged into Yemen civil war
Cruise missiles have been fired at a US warship in the Red Sea as tensions rise over the civil war raging in Yemen.
China winds up space race with manned mission to orbiting lab
China will launch a manned space mission on Monday as the country works towards setting up its own space station.
Missile explodes shortly after lift-off in latest North Korea test launch
North Korea’s latest attempt to fire a powerful mid-range missile appears to have ended in an embarrassing failure.
Four killed as truck plunges 60ft off bridge into biker festival in park
Four people have been crushed to death after a truck plunged 60ft off a bridge into a crowded park below.
Safety under scrutiny as swimmer dies, another critical after harbour race
A swimmer drowned Sunday in Hong Kong and another was left in critical condition as they took part in the city’s annual cross-harbour swim, which...
Four killed as balcony collapses during student housewarming party
Four students died and 14 others were injured after a balcony collapse in the French city of Angers.
She belongs in the kitchen: Struggling president hits back after wife’s ticking off
Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has shrugged off criticism from his own wife by saying she belonged in the kitchen.
Diver cheats death as hungry great white crashes inside his shark cage
A diver came face to face with a great white shark when the predator thrashed its way into a cage while he was still inside.
A right pain in the neck: Danish prince fractures bone on trampoline
It is a moment millions of parents the world over fear - a nasty fall when their child gets a bit carried away on the trampoline.
Far-right MP Geert Wilders to face trial after court upholds hate speech charges
Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders has lost his fight to have race-hate charges over comments he made about Moroccans thrown out.
Thailand weeps as body of much-loved king is carried through streets to temple
Thousands of people sobbed openly as they lined both sides of the road for the funeral procession of their much-loved king in the Thai capital Bangkok...
Get your act together or I won’t support you, wife tells struggling president
The wife of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has given him a ticking off for letting power fall into the hands of people he doesn’t know.
Thousands line procession route as Thailand begins year of mourning for king
Thailand has started a year of mourning to mark the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose 70-year reign made him the longest-serving monarch in the world.
I’ll be an honest broker for peace, pledges new U.N. leader Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres has pledged to make the pursuit of peace in a conflict-torn world his over-arching priority after being elected the next secretary-general...
Samsung warns of $5.3bn blow to profits from Galaxy Note 7 disaster
Samsung says it expects to take a $3 billion hit to its profits over the next two quarters in the outfall over its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
Phillip Hughes family storms out as cricket inquest sidesteps ‘I’ll kill you’ threat
The family of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes walked out as the inquest into his death drew to a close on Friday.
My Luke Skywalker robotic hand lets me feel again for first time in ten years
A paralysed man has experienced the sense of touch in his hands for the first time in more than 10 years thanks to a mind-controlled robotic arm.
Michael Jackson rakes in $825m in a year to top dead celebrity rich list
Michael Jackson may have been dead almost eight years but he is still raking in the millions.
Thailand starts year of mourning as world’s longest reigning monarch dies
Thailand has started a year of mourning after the death of the world’s longest-reigning monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at the age of 88.
Freed at last: Digger crew rescues elephants trapped inside tank for two days
Three wild elephants – including one young calf – have been freed from a water tank where they were trapped for more than two days.
Tears of joy as 21 kidnapped Chibok girls freed in ‘prisoner swap deal’
More than 20 of the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped more than two years ago have now been freed.
Who’s won a Nobel Prize? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…
Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday to become the first songwriter to land the world’s most pretigious writing prize.
Demand for answers as ‘the most watched prisoner in Germany’ kills himself
Investigators were on Thursday asking how a Syrian suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport managed to kill himself in prison despite being...
Syrian bomb plotter commits suicide in German police custody
A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention center in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for...
Trump as president would pose global danger, says human rights chief
The world will be in danger if Donald Trump becomes president of the U.S., the United Nations top human rights official said on Wednesday.
It’s all trout war: Anglers urged to bait up after 80,000 farm fish escape to sea
Anglers are in for the fishing trip of their lives after being asked to help catch 80,000 rainbow trout which escaped into the open sea.
Second shark attack sparks moves to install nets to protect surfers
An Australian town wants to install shark nets to protect swimmers and surfers after a second suspected attack in two weeks.
Pope begs for an end to ‘cruel bombing’ as dozens die in latest Aleppo blitz
Pope Francis is calling for an urgent ceasefire in Syria to evacuate civilians from what he called an inhuman assault on the besieged city of Aleppo.

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