While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 11 edition

Pakistan frees Mumbai attacks ‘mastermind,’ angering India

Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, officials said Friday, in a move that swiftly drew furious condemnation from India.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the terror siege that left 166 dead, was released late on Thursday, according to an official at Adiyala Prison in Rawalpindi, close to Islamabad.

India slammed the release as an “insult” to the victims of the three-day onslaught on its financial capital, which was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The US State Department later said it was “gravely” concerned, with state spokesman Jeff Rathke saying US officials were considering what steps to take next.

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Tornadoes tear path of destruction through parts of midwest US

Several large tornadoes sliced across the midwest of the United States on Thursday night, leaving one person dead and injuring up to dozens more as towns near Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, were flattened.

The small town of Fairdale was hardly standing Friday morning, after 17 of its 50 buildings were obliterated by the vortex, which also left one resident dead.

According to reports, as many as 14 tornadoes were reported in the rural Midwest on Thursday. A large and dangerous twister tore across fields in Iowa. And a twister touched down 90km outside St Louis.

Many residents of the large area where tornadoes barreled through barns and trees were grateful to be unharmed, but some lost entire homes to the funnels.

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Golf: Woods on the mend at Masters

Tiger Woods produced his best golf of the year on Friday, firing a three-under par 69 in the second round of the Masters.

The four-time former winner walked off the course with a smile on his face and a two-under total of 142, comfortably making the cut for the weekend, although he stood an imposing 12 shots off the pace set by Jordan Spieth.

Asked when he had last played tournament golf as well as that Woods replied: “I have no idea.”

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Argentina requests Interpol notice for Bieber's arrest

An Argentine judge has asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the arrest of pop star Justin Bieber over the alleged assault of a photographer outside a nightclub in 2013, his staff said Friday.

Bieber ignored a November court order to appear before the judge in the case, which dates to a stop in Buenos Aires on the Canadian heartthrob's Believe tour.

"We are asking Interpol for Justin Bieber's detention, anywhere in the world. Since he could not be found for his appearance to testify, we request that he be detained," Judge Alberto Banos' secretary told AFP.

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Kim Kardashian lays flowers at Armenian memorial

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian, visiting her ancestors' homeland of Armenia, placed flowers on Friday at a memorial to the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers.

Wearing a long red outfit, Kardashian laid red tulips near the eternal flame of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on the outskirts of the capital Yerevan.

She and her sister Khloe then stood in silence in honour of the victims and spent about 10 minutes near the eternal flame.

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