World News Digest

Sinkacento: Dozens of cars trapped as chasm opens along Florence riverbank
Dozens of parked cars dropped into a 200m long sinkhole which opened up along Florence’s picturesque Arno River on Wednesday.
Australia’s deputy PM: ‘I’m inside Johnny Depp’s head like Hannibal Lecter’
Australia’s deputy prime minister has boasted that he got into Johnny Depp’s head like the manipulative, fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter...
Jailed Ukrainian pilot heads home under prisoner swap deal with Russia
A jailed pilot returned to Ukraine on Wednesday after being freed in a prisoner swap deal with Russia.
US election: Anti-Trump protests turn violent in New Mexico
Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent - with demonstrators throwing burning t-shirts and plastic bottles at police officers. The...
Pressure mounts on ISIS with twin assaults in Iraq, Syria
Kurdish-Arab forces launched a major assault against the Islamic State group in Syria’s Raqa province Tuesday and Iraqi forces advanced on it in...
EgyptAir crash: claims human remains indicate blast on board disputed
Officials are disputing claims that forensic analysis of remains recovered from the EgyptAir jet crash show evidence of an explosion on board.
Music to their ears: Spotify sees revenues hit $1.9bn but losses widen
Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, saw revenues surge 80% to €1.94bn (£1.5bn) last year but losses deepened as it ploughed...
Mexican authorities dig unmarked grave for more than 100 bodies
Mexican officials are continuing to exhume the remains of more than 100 unidentified people buried by authorities in a common grave in the central state...
What does $6 get you? Lunch with the President of America…
What does six bucks get you these days? Dinner with the President of the United States of America.
Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp
Greek authorities began an operation at dawn to clear the country’s largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian border.
Brazil’s new government loses key minister to Rousseff scandal
Brazil’s interim government has been rocked by the loss of one of its key figures, Planning Minister Romero Juca, who stepped aside amid accusations...
Feeding frenzy: drone captures 70 tiger sharks feasting on whale carcass
Drone footage has emerged showing around 70 tiger sharks feasting on a dead whale in Western Australia.
Tajikistan vote allows president to rule indefinitely and his children to inherit role
People in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan have voted overwhelmingly to approve changes to the Constitution allowing the longtime authoritarian president...
Philippines’ president-elect Duterte says he will defy Church with 3-child policy
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision...
India muscles into Musk and Bezos territory with mini space shuttle launch
India successfully launched its first model space shuttle on Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to...
At least 18 girls die as blaze sweeps through school dorm as they sleep
At least 18 girls have died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school in northern Thailand.
Madonna and Stevie Wonder pay tribute to superstar Prince at Billboard awards
Madonna paid homage to Prince by wearing his signature color and bringing another icon — Stevie Wonder — onstage to sing the classic “Purple...
Britain’s Ken Loach shocks at Cannes, winning gold with moving austerity tale
British director Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes Sunday for the second time in a decade with his moving drama “I, Daniel Blake”...
Sinking feeling: hot air balloon passengers jump on boat
Nine passengers had to jump from a hot air balloon on to a passing boat amid fears it was about the crash into the ocean.
A big tick for Barcelona as it lands €155m-a-year sponsorship deal with Nike
Barcelona agreed a long-term contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday in what has been called the most lucrative kit-sponsorship...
Trump pours $43million of his own money into run for the White House
Donald Trump poured more than $7.5 million of his own money into his presidential campaign last month, bringing his total personal spending to more than...
Volcanic eruption chokes Costa Rica towns and cities in smoke and ash
Smoke and ash spewed 3,000m (10,000ft) into the air as the Turrialba volcano erupted in Costa Rica.
Dozens arrested as police break up anti-government protest in Kazakhstan
Police detained dozens of protesters as they broke up an anti-government protest in Kazakhstan’s biggest city Almaty on Saturday.
World Bank launches $500 million insurance fund to fight pandemics
The World Bank launched a $500 million fund on Saturday to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries.
I’ve never slept better: David Ginola jokes after six-hour heart op saves his life
Former football pin-up David Ginola was recovering in hospital on Friday from a quadruple bypass operation after suffering a heart attack while playing...
Weapon of mass distraction: 488m social media posts faked by Chinese officials
Hundreds of millions of social media posts are faked by Chinese officials every year, researchers claim.
Four police officers killed as helicopter crashes into ski resort mountains
Four police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in a ski resort in south-west France on Friday.
Paris attacks suspect stays silent as he refuses to answer judges’ questions
The leading suspect in the Paris terror attacks refused to speak as he was questioned for the first time in France today.
Taiwan’s first woman president takes office with plea for peace with China
Taiwan’s first woman president Tsai Ing-wen called for positive dialogue with China in her much-anticipated inauguration speech on Friday, Ms Tsai...
City endures India’s hottest day on record as drought tightens its grip
A city in western India has endured the country’s hottest day — a scorching 51C (123.8F).

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