World News Digest

Hallelujah! Singing nun wins Italian television talent show
A singing nun clinched the final of The Voice of Italy television talent show contest after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and...
China spending over $145 billion to beef up military: U.S.
China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and...
Big impact: More evidence that moon formed in giant impact with Earth
German scientists said yesterday that moon samples collected from NASA’s Apollo missions during the 1960s and 1970s have shown new evidence that...
Host Australia expects Putin at G20 summit
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he expects Vladimir Putin to attend the G20 summit this year in Brisbane despite the Russian leader being...
Malaysia truly Asia’s weakest link, says Bloomberg
Putrajaya’s one-party policy and its 40-year-old pro-Malay affirmative action programme will spell trouble for the country’s economy, effectively turning...
Vodafone reveals extent of government spying on phone calls
Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, says government agencies have secret wires that allow them to listen to all conversations...
Thai junta’s spin doctors prescribe ‘national happiness’
With free meals, music concerts and dancing soldiers, Thailand’s junta is waging a propaganda offensive to encourage “national happiness”...
China sentences 81 on terrorism charges, nine of them to death
Chinese authorities sentenced 81 people on terror-related charges — nine of them to death — and made 29 new arrests in a huge crackdown in the far...
One dead, three injured at Seattle university shooting
A male in his 20s has died and three others are injured after a shooting at the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Pope fires entire board of Vatican financial watchdog
Pope Francis sacked the five-man board of the Vatican’s financial watchdog on Thursday - all Italians - in the latest move to break with an old guard...
FIFA must re-vote on 2022 World Cup if corruption proven: UEFA boss
Michel Platini thinks FIFA must hold another vote for the 2022 World Cup if corruption allegations against Qatar’s winning bid are proven.
Egypt imposes new penalties for sexual harassment
Egypt approved new punishments Thursday for sexual harassment, amid rising pressure on authorities to fight the rampant phenomenon.
Over 2,000 Nepalis hug trees in attempt to set record on World Environment Day
More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal’s capital on Thursday in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug.
Bottoms up! Scientists turn manure into water
Scientists in the U.S. have developed technology that can turn cow manure into drinkable water.

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