World News Digest
Uncouth no more … Goliath and his gang loved perfume, pottery and jewellery
Philistines have had a pretty bad rap. For centuries they have been a byword for the uncouth and the unsophisticated, as well as being the bullies who...
War correspondent Colvin ‘tracked and killed by Assad regime’, family alleges
Relatives of journalist Marie Colvin have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming government officials killed her to silence her reporting on the war...
Japanese leader Abe gets ringing endorsement as he heads for landslide victory
Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition won a landslide victory on Sunday in an election for the Japanese parliament’s upper house.
Chinese navy holds live-fire drills in South China Sea ahead of UN ruling
Chinese warships, fighter jets and submarines held live-fire war games in the South China Sea, state media reported, just days ahead of an international...
‘Hamilton’ creator and star Lin-Manuel Mirand bids low key farewell to hit show
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” made a subdued final bow Saturday alongside two other departing...
Is nothing safe? Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account hacked, group claims
Jack got hacked. But not just any Jack, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and current CEO of Twitter.
After days of limbo, Australian premier claims election win
Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday that his conservative coalition government has been re-elected for a second three-year term.
Indian rapper returns to target US chemical giant in bid for Bhopal damages
A south Indian rapper is targeting Dow Chemical with rhymes — demanding the U.S.
In rouge health: World’s oldest male twins raise a glass on 103rd birthday
The world’s oldest male twins, Pieter and Paulus Langerock raised a glass of wine to more than a century of living side by side as they turned 103...
You’re a racist (and a sore loser): Outcry at German nationalist’s footie tweet
A nationalist politician is under fire for appearing to suggest the German soccer team isn’t German enough.
Backlash fears as president threatens to jail parents in child marriage crackdown
Women’s rights activists on Friday welcomed the Gambian president’s decision to ban child marriage but warned of a backlash against plans to...
NATO leaders in display of unity as they look to counter ‘aggressive’ Russia
Leaders of the NATO military alliance gathered on Friday with their eyes firmly on the threat of a rearmed and increasingly unfriendly Russia.
Silverback gorilla dies from cardiac arrest while being moved to another zoo
An endangered lowland gorilla has died after being sedated ready to be moved from one zoo to another.
Maria Grazia Chiuri named as first female creative director at Christian Dior
Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri has been named the new creative director, of Dior making her the first woman to lead the iconic French fashion house.
Two dead, dozens hurt as super typhoon brings rain and 120mph winds
Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan on Friday, killing two people, injuring dozens and forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes.
Six gored as second day of Pamplona bull-running descends into chaos
Six people were gored on Friday, two seriously, on the second day of the week-long San Fermin festival in Pamplona.
Turnbull ‘scrapes over the line’ as he clings on to power in Australia election
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was looking set to retain power on Friday as he edged home after Australia’s knife-edge election.
37 killed as IS unleashes mortar bombs and suicide bombs on Iraqi shrine
Dozens of people have been killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant suicide bomb, gun and mortar attack on a Shia shrine north of Iraq’s...
30 killed as IS unleashes mortar bombs and suicide bombs on Iraqi shrine
At least 30 people have been killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant suicide bomb, gun and mortar attack on a Shia shrine north of Iraq’s...
Streamed live: Shocking footage of a policeman shooting dead driver
A woman has filmed the aftermath of a police shooting, which left her boyfriend dying and soaked in blood as their daughter sat in the back of the car.
I’m insanely lucky to be alive: Sarah Silverman tells of five days in intensive care
Comedian Sarah Silverman says she’s “insanely lucky to be alive” after having surgery and spending a week in an intensive care unit.
Taiwan battens down the hatches as 150mph super typhoon Nepartak nears
People in Taiwan are being warned to brace themselves for the arrival of super typhoon Nepartak.
Sex attack loophole closed as Germany approves tough ‘no means no’ law
German MPs have unanimously approved tougher laws making any form of non-consensual sexual contact a crime.
You’ll be hit in the pocket (if you can reach them): Town bans baggy trousers
Wearing baggy trousers could get expensive in tiny Timmonsville, South Carolina.
Chilcot report: Fake spy based WMD reports on Hollywood action movie
MI6 was led to believe Saddam Hussein was continuing to produce weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by a false agent who based his reports on a Hollywood...
Messi jailed and fined over tax fraud … but he’s likely to sidestep prison
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined €2 million over a tax fraud case in Spain.
Blair committed to Iraq war before exhausting options for peace, inquiry finds
British forces were committed to invading Iraq “before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted”, a seven-year inquiry into...
‘Fallen hero’ Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for six years for murdering his lover Reeva Steenkamp.
It could be you! Mega Millions rolls over for 34th time as jackpot rises to $508M
No jackpot-winning ticket was sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million, a lottery official said.
Takata settles with Japan woman injured by air bag for reported $119,000
A woman injured by a faulty Takata Corp. air bag has settled her case and withdrawn her complaint, Japanese media reported Wednesday.