World News Digest

Woman who cut baby from a stranger’s womb is jailed for 100 years
A woman who cut a seven-month-old foetus from the womb of an expectant mother has been sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison. Dynel Lane was...
Protesters and police clash ahead of anti-Islam conference in Stuttgart
Hundreds of left-wing demonstrators have clashed with police as they tried to block people entering a far-right party conference in the German city of...
Airbag failure fears prompt Nissan to recall 3.53 million vehicles
Nissan is recalling more than 3.5 million vehicles, most in the United States, because of fears the passenger-side air bags may not work properly.
Cooking during the day banned after fires kill 300 in drought-hit India
Daytime cooking is being banned in parts of drought-stricken India to prevent accidental fires which have killed nearly 80 more people.
Former Auschwitz guard, 94: I’m sorry, I saw the slaughter but did nothing to stop it
A former SS sergeant has apologised to Nazi Holocaust survivors after he finally admitted in court that he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard.
Zuma faces battle for survival after court ruling revives corruption charges
South African leader Jacob Zuma was facing fresh scrutiny today after 783 corruption charges against him were revived.
13 people feared dead as oil platform helicopter crashes near the Norwegian coast
Thirteen people are feared dead after a helicopter crashed on the coast of Norway.
John Wayne Day ‘shot down by political correctness’ over racism claims
Plans to hold a John Wayne Day in California have been rejected after politicians accused the actor of being racist.
Dozens arrested as masked youths clash with police after day of protests in Paris
Rot police arrested 27 people after running battles with dozens of hooded and masked youths in downtown Paris’s Place de la Republique square in...
Danish Girl star Alicia swaps paint brushes for pistols to play Lara Croft
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is to follow in Angelina Jolie’s footsteps by taking on the role of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film.
Police arrest 20 people as protests outside Trump rally turn violent
Up to 20 people were arrested as protests outside a Donald Trump rally turned violent.
Amazon defies technology sector slowdown to post soaraway profits
Amazon has reported profit and revenue which blew past analysts’ expectations, sending its shares soaring in after-hours trading.
American citizen jailed for ten years with hard labour for spying in North Korea
An American citizen has been convicted of spying in North Korea and stealing state secrets.
Embarrassment for Kim Jong Un as North Korea ballistic missile test flops again
North Korea fired what appeared to have been an intermediate range ballistic missile on Thursday but it crashed seconds after the test launch.
Looted ancient sculpture of Buddha’s footprints returned to Pakistan
An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints which expected to sell for more than $1 million after being smuggled into the U.S.
Shining example: Revered monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf
A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men with strong Buddhist traditions.
Putin’s anger relents as first rocket is launched from new space centre
A rocket has successfully launched from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday after a last-minute delay a day earlier enraged president...
15 held in as investigators try to identify female suicide bomb attacker
Fifteen people were arrested on Thursday in connection with a suicide bomb attack which wounded 13 people in the Turkish city of  Bursa.
Smartphone boom grinds to a halt as shipments fall for the first time
Is the smartphone boom over? Shipments of handsets shrank by 3% in the first quarter from a year earlier, new figures show.
Employee found shot dead in conference room at Apple headquarters
An Apple worker has been found shot dead in a conference room at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
Take away the pain, leave the swelling: Builder bitten on penis by redback spider
A building site worker needed hospital treatment after being bitten on the penis by a deadly redback spider when he went to the toilet.
Power boost: Germany offers €4,000 incentives to electric car-buyers
Car-buyers are being offered thousands of euros in incentives to go electric in a government initiative to get the German car business back on its feet.
‘Fairy tale’ ending for 33 lions rescued from life of misery in circuses
The largest-ever airlift of lions will begin on Friday as 33 of the big cats rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia return to their homeland in South...
Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam extradited to France
Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been extradited from Belgium to France and will face judges in Paris later today.
Venezuela orders two-day week for public workers to stave off power crisis
Venezuela’s public employees will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country grapples with an electricity crisis.
Unseen Beatles footage of the Fab Four ‘mucking about’ is released
Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles “mucking around” in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century...
900 refugees in limbo after Papua New Guinea says island detention camp to close
The fate of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea was in limbo on Wednesday as the country’s prime minister...
Parents lead protest of probe into missing 43 students in Mexico
Thousands of protesters have marched in Mexico City, angered by the government’s handling of an investigation into 43 students who apparently were...
Day of justice: inquest jury rules 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed
The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, inquests have found - and police have admitted they got it “catastrophically...
‘Butcher’ dentist who 'enjoyed causing pain’ jailed by French court for 8yrs
A Dutch dentist has been jailed in France for eight years for causing horrific injuries to his patients.

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