World News Digest

Uber pays $10m after sloppy background checks fail to detect dodgy drivers
Uber has agreed a multimillion-dollar settlement with the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco over allegations it misled customers about background...
Prostitutes fear for their futures as France makes paying for sex illegal
Women’s rights campaigners were sharply divided today over a new law which makes it illegal to pay for sex in France.
Panama convenes panel and calls for talks to head off financial crackdown
Panama has moved to head off an international crackdown on its secretive finance sector.
Migrant crisis: Pope to visit island of Lesbos to highlight plight of refugees
Pope Francis is to visit the Greek island of Lesbos to meet refugees at the centre of the migration crisis.
Boys’ throats cut in Sweeney Todd show mishap at New Zealand college
A high school production of Sweeney Todd in New Zealand went horribly wrong when a throat-slitting scene became all too real and two teenagers were sliced...
Pop star in Indonesia bitten by Cobra sings on before dying
A pop star in Indonesia has died after being bitten by a cobra mid-performance on stage. Irma Bule astonishingly carried on singing for a further...
Far-right leader Le Pen fined for saying gas chambers were ‘a detail of history’
Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined 30,000 euros ($34,000) for calling the Nazi gas chambers a “detail” of history.
Nokia to cut thousands of jobs around the globe following Alcatel deal
Nokia is planning to shed thousands of staff around the world as part of a cost-cutting programme following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent earlier this...
Diabetes ‘on a relentless march’ as it affects one in 11 adults across the world
The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades to 422 million, health experts said on Wednesday.
Viagra-maker Pfizer halts $160bn ‘tax dodge’ merger with Botox giant
Viagra-maker Pfizer has called off its $160 billion deal with Botox-maker Allergan, in a major victory to U.S.
20m Bangladeshis still being poisoned by arsenic-tainted wells
Arsenic-tainted government wells are still poisoning an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh, a number that is unchanged from 10 years ago despite...
Suffering from her art: Gwyneth Paltrow lets bees sting her for beauty
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed her latest unusual beauty regime: letting herself be stung by bees.
Half of natural World Heritage sites at risk from industry, says WWF
Industrial activity such as mining and logging threatens almost half of the world’s natural World Heritage sites, the WWF conservation group said...
Terrorists use 1.8m illegal border crossings in migrant chaos as cover, force warns
Potential terrorists are exploiting the migrant crisis to travel unchecked through Europe, the EU’s border agency has warned. Frontex said a...
Watch as mother hears son’s heart beat in transplant recipient
A mother has heard her dead son’s heartbeat inside a transplant patient. Lisa Swanson’s son, Levi Schulz, died in a car crash four years...
Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government
Authorities in Libya’s capital said Tuesday they were ceding power to a UN-backed unity government in a major boost to international efforts to end...
Iceland’s PM quits over tax haven links exposed in Panama Papers
Iceland’s Prime Minister has stepped down after the Panama Papers reportedly linked him to an offshore company. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson...
Judge approves record $20bn BP settlement for Gulf of Mexico oil spill
A federal judge has granted final approval to an estimated $20bn (€17.6bn/£14bn) settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
‘We want freedom’: desperate refugees protest at Greek migrant camp
Turkey is ready to take another 200 migrants deported from the Greek islands on Wednesday, a senior government official said, as it presses ahead with...
Aussie PM Turnbull faces dilemma as poll shows him trailing ahead of election
Support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government has fallen to its lowest level since he assumed office, undermining...
Amber Rayne, adult film star at centre of James Deen sex attack storm, dead at 31
Porn star Amber Rayne has been found dead at her Los Angeles home of an apparent overdose.
Sarah Palin goes the whole hog in backing for Trump…
Sarah Palin has posed with a boar and a rifle to encourage Wisconsin voters to back Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Facebook trains AI computers to describe photos for the blind
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the...
‘Significant activity’ at North Korea nuclear lab spotted on satellite images
Satellite images suggest “significant activity” is taking place at a North Korean laboratory that could separate plutonium for nuclear weapons.
It’s a trap! Admiral Ackbar voice actor dies, aged 93
Erik Bauersfeld, who voiced the Rebellion’s Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi, has died aged 93.
Ex-New Zealand leader Helen Clark announces bid for top UN post
Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister, announced Tuesday she is running for the top position at the United Nations.
He’s a Marvel! Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange visits comic book store
Benedict Cumberbatch surprised staff and customers at a New York comic store when he stopped by for a chat in his full Doctor Strange costume.
Thousands protest demanding Icelandic PM’s resignation
Iceland’s opposition filed a motion of no confidence in the prime minister and protesters gathered outside parliament on Monday after the Panama...
Inquiry underway after Disneyland Paris worker found dead in Haunted House
Police are investigating after a member of staff at Disneyland Paris was found dead in the theme park’s haunted house.
U.S. and Philippines begin military exercises as maritime tension simmers
About 8,000 U.S. and Filipino troops began annual military exercises on Monday against a backdrop of tension over China’s greater assertiveness in...

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