World News Digest

Love and kisses: Mobster Al Capone shows softer side in prison letter to son
He has a reputation as one of America’s most ruthless gangsters. But it seems even Al Capone had a softer side.
Driver survives for three days beside dead girlfriend in wreckage of crashed car
A driver survived for three days alongside the body of his girlfriend after his car careered down a ravine and smashed into a tree.
Passengers tell of plane terror as engine fault fills cabin with smoke
Passengers have spoken of their terror after smoke filled the cabin of their aircraft and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.
Village prepares to party as boy, 3, saved after 72 hours alone in Siberian woods
A boy of three has been rescued after surviving alone for 72 hours in forest full of bears and wolves.
Depardieu: France has become a playground for fools making stinky cheese
French-born actor Gerard Depardieu says his home country is becoming a playground for foreigners and populated by fools making wine and stinky cheese.
Mia Farrow pays tribute as death of adopted son confirmed as suicide
Actress Mia Farrow has paid tribute to her beloved son following his suicide. The Rosemary’s Baby star spoke out after Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, who...
I’ll meat you at the party: Zoo throws wedding reception for lions
Zoo keepers have thrown two lions a wedding party complete with a heart-shaped meat cake in the hope of drawing much-needed visitors and encouraging the...
‘Barefoot Bushman’ TV documentary maker mauled by 15ft crocodile
A crocodile handler known as the Barefoot Bushman was seriously hurt after being mauled by a massive creature while feeding it at a wildlife park on Thursday.
China sends out a warning with 12-year sentence for human rights lawyer
A human rights lawyer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by a court in China.
‘Racist’ flyer backlash puts the skids under campaign to raise fertility
An ad used as part of a widely derided push to improve fertility and get Italians having more children has been denounced as racist.
Pregnant Marion Cotillard pledges love to partner as she shrugs off Pitt gossip
Marion Cotillard has announced she is pregnant as she tries to end speculation she had anything to do with the break up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s...
Taiwan asks Google to blur images of military buildings on disputed island
Taiwan is asking Google to blur satellite images showing what experts say appear to be new military installations on a hotly disputed island in the South...
Dozens feared drowned as boat with 600 migrants on board capsizes off Egypt
Dozens of migrants are feared drowned after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Egyptian coast.
The internet of no things: North Korea has 28 websites (and they’re pants)
A vast, sprawling network; a cauldron laden with information, opinion, chatter, pictures and videos.
Tennis player fined and banned for seven months for betting on 220 matches
French tennis player Constant Lestienne has been banned for seven months after admitting to betting on matches.
Girl took knife to school because she feared being attacked by clowns
A girl took a knife into school because she needed it to fend off attacks by clowns.
Frozen out in cash row: Iceland’s Euro 2016 football heroes left out of FIFA 17
They were the unlikely heroes of Euro 2016 … but Iceland’s footballing stars are being denied digital glory.
They took his head as a trophy: Bison poisoned and decapitated on reserve
A half-ton bison was poisoned and decapitated so that his head could be used as a trophy.
Officers and protesters injured as violence erupts after latest police shooting
Several police officers have been injured during violent protests following the fatal shooting of a black man in North Carolina.
Death threats only prove my point, says anthem protest footballer Kaepernick
NFL star Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats after sitting refusing to stand during the national anthem before games.
LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson found dead in Hollywood home
Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of LA Confidential, has been found dead at his home in California at the age of 71.
Rome’s new mayor to pull debt-ridden city out of bidding for 2024 Olympics
Rome is poised to withdraw from a bid to hold the Olympic Games in 2024. The city’s mayor Virginia Raggi is expected to officially announce the withdrawal...
Security boosted amid fears of more Israel stabbing attacks
Security is being stepped up over fears of a resurgence of stabbing attacks by Palestinians as the Jewish holiday season approaches.
Merkel faces setback in Berlin vote due to migrant fears
Voters flocked to the polling booths on Sunday in a Berlin city election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives look set to suffer their...
New York left shaken by ‘intentional’ explosion as second device found
An explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate,...
Writer dashes into blazing apartment to rescue laptop with two novels on it
It might be time for writer Gideon Hodge to learn a little bit about the Cloud. Because, if he had used it to store copies of his two completed novels,...
Turkmenistan hopes for tourist take-off with $2.3bn bird-shaped air terminal
It has very few visitors and features on few travellers’ bucket list destinations.
17 soldiers killed as militants sneak into their barracks while they sleep
Militants killed 17 soldiers during a pre-dawn ambush on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday.
Eight people stabbed as ‘security guard’ knifeman goes on the rampage
A knifeman dressed as a security guard and chanting references to Allah stabbed eight people when he went on the rampage at a shopping centre.
Putin looks set for seal of approval as voters head to the polls in Russia
Vladimir Putin was expected to tighten his grip on power in Russia as the country went to the polls in national and regional elections on Sunday.

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