Saturday, February 20, 2016

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 21 edition, World News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 21 edition, World News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 21 edition

Huge cyclone leaves trail of destruction in Fiji

Fijian officials were assessing the damage on Sunday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the archipelago, with early reports of widespread disruption and one confirmed death.

Reports from the ground said entire villages had been wiped out by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 tropical cyclone that packed winds of 230kmh, with gusts of up to 325kmh.

The storm hit Fiji late on Saturday, having changed direction at the last minute to spare the capital Suva the full force of its winds.


Indonesia arrests 'dozens of suspected Islamic radicals'

Indonesian police have arrested dozens of suspected Islamic extremists on Java island, most of whom were allegedly carrying out military-style training on a remote mountain, police and reports said Saturday.

Around 30 were reportedly detained late on Friday on Mount Sumbing as they took part in the training, while another five were arrested the same day in raids in the city of Malang.

It was not clear whether they were linked to the gun and suicide attacks in Jakarta last month which left four civilians and four assailants dead, and were claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.


Football: Italian media reports on 'hint' that Jose Mourinho will join Manchester United

A "happy" Jose Mourinho will become Manchester United's next manager, according to reports in Italy on Saturday citing a sister of former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti.

Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea two months ago, has been increasingly linked to Louis Van Gaal's job at United as the Dutchman continues to struggle at Old Trafford.

Reports on Friday claimed Mourinho had a "pre-contract" agreement with United, who lost 2-1 to Danish side Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.


Football: West Brom star Brunt pelted with coins by own fans after FA Cup defeat

West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Brunt was pelted with coins by his own club's fans after their surprise FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Reading on Saturday in an incident described as 'barbaric' by his manager.

Brunt had gone over to applaud Albion's travelling fans following their 3-1 loss to the second-tier side, but the mood turned sour and he went down clutching his face as coins rained down from angry supporters.

Northern Ireland international Brunt then confronted a group of Albion fans before being led away by captain Darren Fletcher after giving his shirt to a supporter.


Refugees documentary Fire At Sea wins Berlin fest top prize

Italian director Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea, a harrowing documentary about Europe's refugee crisis, clinched the Berlin film festival's Golden Bear top prize on Saturday from a jury led by Meryl Streep.

As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant influx since World War II, the picture offers an unflinching look at life on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have arrived trying to reach the European Union over the last two decades.

Streep said "the jury was swept away" by Fire At Sea, which she called "urgent, imaginative and necessary filmmaking".


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