World News Digest

Aid convoys arrive as rebels surrender besieged Syrian town after four years
Aid convoys entered the besieged Syrian town of Daraya on Friday as hundreds of rebel fighters prepared to lay down their arms after ceding control to...
Police wade in with tear gas and batons as thousands gather for Mugabe protest
Police used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators in Zimbabwe on Friday, in defiance of a court order stopping them from interfering.
At least 11 killed and dozens injured in car bomb blast at police checkpoint
At least 11 police officers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in Turkey.
State of emergency declared after earthquake leaves 267 dead in Italy
Italy’s prime minister has declared a state of emergency in the area affected by the earthquake which killed at least 267 people.
Hazy days are here again as Singapore smoke pollution hits unhealthy high
Air pollution in Singapore rose to “very unhealthy” levels on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia’s...
‘Armed robbery liar’ Lochte charged with falsely reporting a crime
US swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement to police, after he claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Olympics.
Want to kill a drug dealer? Go ahead, it’s fine by me, police chief tells addicts
The Philippines’ police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes.
Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles across America in fossil fuels protest
A Native American tribe is travelling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the U.S.
At least eight killed and dozens injured in car bomb blast at police station
At least eight police officers have been killed in a car bomb attack in southeast Turkey.
State of emergency declared after earthquake in Italy leaves 250 dead
Italy’s prime minister has declared a state of emergency in the area affected by the earthquake which killed at least 250.
My despair by hiker rescued after a month trapped in hut in mountains
A tourist sobbed as she told how she spent a month trapped in a hut after her partner slipped and died on a mountain trail in New Zealand.
Striking miners ‘kidnap and beat to death’ minister who went to negotiate
A deputy minister has been kidnapped and beaten to death by striking miners in Bolivia after he tried to mediate in a bitter dispute.
Heavy metal: Fans chip in to create life-size bronze of Motorhead singer Lemmy
Fans of Motorhead frontman Lemmy have raised more than $22,000 for a life-size statue at his favourite bar in Los Angeles.
Drone to home: Domino’s unveils plans for airborne pizza deliveries
Forget the spotty teenagers with perilous top boxes on dodgy-looking mopeds … your pizza could soon be coming to you by drone.
Islamic State driven from border town … now Turkey wants Kurds out, too
Rebel forces have taken back the Islamic State-held Syrian border town of Jarabulus after Turkish troops crossed the border to assist them.
I feel normal again: Face transplant lets firefighter live life to the full again
A firefighter given a face transplant one year ago has described how he now feels like “a normal guy” again.
Peace at last: Colombia rebels agree deal to end half-century of bloodshed
Left-wing rebels in Colombia have agreed a peace deal to end one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.
Hiker found after surviving for a month in hut on snow-bound mountain trail
A tourist has been found in a remote hut in the mountains of New Zealand where she waited a month to be rescued after her hiking partner fell to his death.
MTV goes looking for a star as it launches global cover version contest
MTV has turned karaoke global by inviting fans around the world to cover hit songs - and offering the winner a shot at the big time.
Next goal for youngest double hand transplant patient: Playing football
The world’s youngest double-hand transplant patient has told how his next goal is to convince his mother to let him play football.
New life begins for tiger and other animals stranded in world’s worst zoo
Gaza’s last tiger was moved from the battle-scarred enclave on Wednesday with monkeys, emus, deer and a porcupine as they finally left behind a zoo...
Foreigners and gay couples face ban from using Indian women as surrogates
Foreigners, single parents and gay couples are to be banned from using Indian women as surrogates under proposals intended to protect the poor from exploitation.
North Korea fires ballistic missile from submarine in new show of defiance
North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to the South.
Courteney Cox: My regrets over things I’ve done to keep looking young
Actress Courteney Cox says she regrets succumbing to the pressure to look young in Hollywood.
North Korea ‘planning revenge assassinations for spate of defections’
North Korea will be planning assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for a spate recent defections, officials in Seoul fear.
Going under the knife: Surgeons remove 40 blades from policeman’s stomach
A policeman has had 40 knives removed from his stomach after he developed a taste for swallowing them.
Relatives cheer as 36 convicted over massacre of cadets are hanged
Jihadists convicted of taking part in an Islamic State massacre of hundreds of soldiers have been hanged in Iraq.
‘Child suicide bomber’ blamed after 50 people die in wedding party blast
A child suicide bomber was behind the blast which killed 51 people and wounded dozens more enjoying a wedding party in Turkey.
Philippines leader threatens to quit U.N. over criticism of crime crackdown
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations, as he launched another profanity-laced tirade against critics...
Pop mogul Lou Pearlman, creator of Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, dies in prison
Pop svengali Lou Pearlman, who is credited with starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, has died...

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