World News Digest

Bahrain executes 3 over police bombing, triggering protests
Bahrain on Sunday carried out its first executions since an Arab Spring uprising rocked the country in 2011, putting to death three men found guilty of...
Girl stolen at birth reunited with family: Dad ‘never gave up hope’
The biological father of a woman who has been tracked down after being stolen as a baby has said he never gave up hope of finding her.
SpaceX has lift-off with first rocket launch since explosion
SpaceX’s rocket program has returned to flight with the first successful launch since a take-off accident in September that cost $200m.
Trump criticised for attack on civil rights hero John Lewis
Donald Trump has been widely condemned for his attack on Congressman John Lewis.
The Omen’s ‘Damien’ in road rage attack: Harvey Spencer Stephens spared jail
The actor who played the devil child Damien in horror film The Omen has been handed a suspended prison sentence for punching two cyclists in a road rage...
Poles welcome US troops as NATO eyes Russia
Polish authorities and ordinary Poles have welcomed US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO’s eastern flank,...
Japanese surfer rescued after floating in the Pacific for 16 hours
A surfer was forced to spend 16 hours clinging to his board after being overpowered by a strong current miles from the shore.
‘Sir Andy’ seeks end to Australian Open agony
Having snatched Novak Djokovic’s world number one ranking in a thrilling late-season raid, Andy Murray will bid to storm the Serb’s Melbourne...
UFC president offers $25m apiece to Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather
UFC president Dana Whitehas said that he would pay $25m apiece to Floyd Mayweather Jr and and MMA star Conor McGregor for a fight between them, presumably...
Barcelona sack chief over controversial Lionel Messi jibe
Barcelona have surprisingly sacked Pere Gratacos as head of Sports Institutional Relations with the Spanish Football Federation over controversial comments...
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalise bitter divorce
After months of highly publicised claims of domestic violence and counter-claims of financial blackmail, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce has...
Kremlin says US troops in Poland are ‘a threat to Russian national security’
The posting of US troops in Poland is a threat to Russia’s national security, the Kremlin has claimed.
Ex-Microsoft workers who had to view child abuse content sue company
Microsoft workers on the “online safety team” were forced to view photos and videos of “indescribable sexual assaults”, “horrible...
Texas inmate says ‘I’m sorry’ before lethal injection execution
The state of Texas has put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over a phony drug deal, the first US execution of 2017.
Ex-MI6 officer behind the Trump dossier now ‘fears for his life’
A former British intelligence officer behind the dossier containing explosive but unverified claims about Donald Trump has fled his home fearing for his...
China says committed to peace as aircraft carrier passes near Taiwan
China said Wednesday it was committed to promoting peace and stability in Asia, even as it sent an aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait...
Volkswagen pleads guilty to U.S. criminal charges, pays $4.3B fine in ‘dieselgate’
Six high-level Volkswagen employees from Germany were indicted in the U.S. on Wednesday in the VW emissions-cheating scandal, while the company itself...
President-elect Donald Trump questions if spies leaked explosive dossier
Donald Trump says intelligence agencies may have leaked a dossier containing claims that Russia has compromising material about him.
Star Wars inspires name for new gibbon species found in China
A new species of gibbon found in the remote forests of China has been named after one of Star Wars’ most famous characters.
‘Werewolf’ Russian serial killer Mikhail Popkov admits murdering 81 women
A Russian serial killer known as “the werewolf” killed as many as 81 women, according to police.Former Siberian policeman Mikhail Popkov, who...
Moon was created when ‘about 20 moonlets collided’, claim scientists
The moon may have been created by several moonlets forming together rather than an impact hitting the Earth, scientists believe.
La La Land sweeps awards season with 11 BAFTA nominations
La La Land is quick-stepping into the awards season, gaining 11 nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards.
Smoking to kill 8 million people a year by 2030, new study warns
The number of people who die from smoking is going to rise considerably in the coming years, according to a new report.
FIFA decides unanimously to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026
FIFA has unanimously decided the World Cup will be expanded to feature 48 countries from 2026.
Messaging giant Snapchat to make UK main base outside US
Snap, the owner of Snapchat, has confirmed it will make the UK its main hub outside the US.
Deep freeze and ‘polar airmass’ across Europe leaves 10 dead
Ten people have died in Poland as temperatures as low as -30C (-22F) grip Europe, with snow falling from northern Germany to the beaches of Greece.
Donald Trump attacks ‘Hillary flunky’ Meryl Streep over her scathing Golden Globes speech
Donald Trump has attacked Oscar-winner Meryl Streep on Twitter, after she used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to criticise Mr Trump’s impression...
Emma Stone dedicates ‘La La Land’ win to fellow dreamers
Like the aspiring actress she plays in the ebullient musical “La La Land,” Emma Stone dedicated her first ever Golden Globe Award to the dreamers...
Pound weakens again as Theresa May says UK cannot hang on to ‘bits of EU membership’
The pound has fallen to its lowest level against the US dollar for two months after remarks by Theresa May appeared to add to the likelihood of a “hard...
Meryl Streep bashes Donald Trump in her Golden Globes speech: It ‘broke my heart’
Meryl Streep’s incredible career was honoured at the Golden Globes on Sunday night when she was given the Cecil B.

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