World News Digest

Merkel faces second poll drubbing as backlash grows over migrant policy
German chancellor Angela Merkel was braced for a second electoral blow in two weeks in a Berlin city vote on Sunday.
Israeli officer stabbed after weekend of West Bank violence leaves four dead
A Palestinian was shot after he stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West Bank settlement on Sunday.
US election: Clinton campaign accuses Trump of inciting violence
Donald Trump has suggested Hillary Clinton’s bodyguards should be disarmed, adding: “Let’s see what happens to her.” The Republican...
Mel Gibson to have ninth child with girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26
Mel Gibson is to have his ninth child with his girlfriend of two years Rosalind Ross, his representative has told People magazine.
Downing Street says Tusk’s claim Article 50 triggered in January is an ‘interpretation’
Downing Street has insisted that the EU Council president’s claim that Article 50 will be triggered early next year is only his “interpretation”.
Extra security amid fears of a terror attack at Oktoberfest 2016
The world’s biggest beer festival has been enclosed for the first time in its history amid fears of a terror attack.
Terminally ill child becomes first euthanised minor in Belgium
A terminally ill child has become the first minor to be euthanised in Belgium, it has been confirmed.
20th Century Fox hits back at diversity critics with drive for more female directors
Film studio 20th Century Fox has teamed up with the American Film Institute for a push to find unearth more women to direct major movies.
Merkel: European Union is in a critical situation and we need to revive it
Angela Merkel has said the EU is “in a critical situation” following the UK’s Brexit vote.The German chancellor voiced her fears as she...
Space catwalk: Astronaut shows off colourful suit painted by cancer children
Childhood cancer patients are lined up for a chat with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station wearing a hand-painted spacesuit they helped...
Charity worker released after two years held in China over ‘spying’ claims
A charity worker has been reunited with his family in Canada after being held for two years in China on suspicion of spying.
More than a flash in a pan?: Gold toilet opens for business at Guggenheim
It is the ultimate opportunity to get up close and very personal with a valuable piece of art.
Police fire 18 times to bring down suspect who sliced officer with meat cleaver
Police fired 18 bullets at a suspect armed with a meat cleaver in a crowded shopping street after he sliced open an off-duty detective’s jaw.
Four arrested as police investigate suicide of revenge porn victim
Four people have been arrested over the suicide of a revenge porn victim who killed herself after an X-rated video was leaked online.
You want how much? Deutsche Bank balks at regulator’s $14bn demand
Deutsche Bank has been told to pay $14bn to settle an investigation into mortgage-linked financial products.
Life imitates art as TV soap opera star drowns while swimming in river
One of Brazil’s best-loved TV stars has drowned in a river where he had been recording scenes for a popular soap opera.
Motor racing star’s torment after father kills stepmother then shoots himself
A champion motor racing driver spoke of his shock on Friday after his father strangled his stepmother and then shot himself dead.
President ‘shot dead official as he ordered 1,000 rivals and gangsters killed’
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ordered the killings of about 1,000 criminals and political opponents while he was a city mayor and even shot one...
Full-scale alert! Search is on for 14 pythons deliberately let loose in town
Wildlife officials have been searching for 14 pythons which were deliberately set free from their owner’s home.
TV station suspends Di Canio over tattoo linked to fascist dictator Mussolini
Former Lazio and West Ham player Paolo Di Canio has been suspended from his role as a TV analyst for Sky Italia after displaying a tattoo linked to Italian...
Model and TV journalist elected to breathe fresh life into Japan’s opposition
A former model and TV anchorwoman was chosen as the new leader of Japan’s main opposition party on Thursday, as it looks to reboot its fortunes after...
Two tourists killed and 20 others injured in Bali speedboat explosion
Two tourists have been killed and 20 others injured in an explosion on a speedboat off the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Mother and ‘boyfriend’ tortured and hanged from tree for having an affair
A mother and her alleged boyfriend have been murdered after they were accused of having a family.
We need more union in the European Union: Juncker’s rallying call after Brexit
European Union leader Jean-Claude Juncker rallied support for the beleaguered bloc on Wednesday, calling for unity in the face of troubled times.
Hundreds of hippos and buffalo to be slaughtered as drought grips national park
Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are killing about 350 hippos and buffalos as they struggle to deal with the most severe drought in...
Shimon Peres, Israel’s last surviving founding father, ‘fights for life’ after stroke
Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was in “serious but stable” condition after suffering a major stroke, his doctors said on Wednesday.
23 tourists injured, three seriously, as coach crashes near Barcelona Airport
More than 20 tourists were injured, three of them seriously, when a coach crashed on its way to the airport in Barcelona.
Pope Francis sets ‘martyr’ priest murdered by militants on path to sainthood
Pope Francis has described the priest who was killed by Islamist militants in northern France as a martyr and indicated he may be on course for sainthood.
Unknown Slovenian lawyer elected as European football’s new leader
Aleksander Ceferin, a little-known Slovenian lawyer, has been elected as the new president of UEFA, European football’s governing body.
Politician wins election days after shooting himself dead amid fraud allegations
A politician has won an election in the US, days after killing himself. Bill Nojay has been picked by voters to represent the party in the New York State...

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