10 things you need to know this morning

Pakistani women light candles during a vigil for victims of the Bacha Khan University attack. Photo / AP
Pakistani women light candles during a vigil for victims of the Bacha Khan University attack. Photo / AP

Your wrap of the world stories that broke overnight

1. New data from meteorologists in the US and UK show global temperatures set a record in 2015. The year was 0.75C warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990.

2. The Pakistan Taliban have denied responsibility for an attack on Bacha Khan University in north-west Pakistan in which 20 people were killed. A Taliban commander claimed the gun and bomb attack but that was denied by the central group.

3. A woman in Sydney had a lucky escape when a car ploughed into a service station in Sydney. Catherine Crawford was thrown to the ground by the impact but escaped injury. Three people in the car were taken to hospital and a fourth fled.

4. The BBC says Buckingham Palace has teamed up with Google to provide a 3D tour of parts of the Queen's home in London which can be accessed using a smartphone and a cardboard viewer.

5. Satellite images have confirmed an AP report that Isis (Islamic State) has destroyed Iraq's oldest Christian monastery. St Elijah's near Mosul stood on a hill for 1400 years. Analysts said it had been demolished in late 2014,

6. A Twitter hunt is on for a boy pictured wearing a homemade Messi Argentina football shirt. A campaign has been launched to get a real strip for the child. He was thought to have been from Dohuk in Iraq but the BBC says that is thought unlikely. The boy's shirt is fashioned from a plastic bag.

7. The family of a British boy investigated by officers want an apology from the police and his school. The 10-year-old Muslim boy mistakenly wrote that he lived in a "terrorist house" when he meant to write "terraced house" during an English lesson in Lancashire. Teachers are now legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour to the police.

8. Japan is to drop the swastika from its tourist maps, the Guardian reports. The symbol, which has its origins in Sanskrit and Japanese Buddhism, is used in Japan to denote Buddhist temples. The move to change to a pagoda symbol follows complaints the swastika is offensive because it closely resembles Nazi Germany's swastika and hard to understand.

9. Demolition work has started on a pink Florida mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. He bought the mansion on Miami Beach in 1980 and it was seized by the US government in 1987. Escobar was killed in 1993. The current owners bought it for US$10 million in 2014.

10. The British Government said it will probe asylum-seeker housing in northeast England after complaints that the properties' red doors identify them as targets for abuse. The Times investigated the properties run by a subcontractor for G4S in Middlesbrough. Of the 168 properties, 155 had red doors and 62 of 66 residents contacted were asylum-seekers.

- NZ Herald

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