While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 12 edition

US, Cuban leaders hold first talks in half-century

US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro held unprecedented face-to-face talks in Panama on Saturday, ditching decades of Cold War-era antagonism in a historic effort to restore diplomatic ties.

In the first substantive talks between leaders of both nations since 1956, Obama thanked Castro for his “spirit of openness,” while the communist leader stressed that the negotiations will require patience.

The talks were the climax of their surprise announcement on Dec 17 that, after 18 months of secret negotiations, they would seek to normalise relations between their two nations.

“This is obviously a historic meeting,” said Obama, who spoke first after they sat down for their talks on the sidelines of the 35-nation Summit of the Americas.

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China to restrict visits by Shenzhen residents to Hong Kong: NPC deputy

China will limit visits by residents of the southern city of Shenzhen to neighbouring Hong Kong, local media and politicians said on Sunday, following recent tensions in the former British colony caused by growing numbers of mainland visitors.

Shenzhen authorities would soon restrict its residents to one visit to Hong Kong per week, from an unlimited number of daily trips, said Michael Tien, a Hong Kong member of China's parliament, the National People's Congress.

"It will definitely happen," Tien told Reuters. "I have heard from very reliable government sources."

Local media said the travel curbs could come into effect as early as Monday.

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Tennis: Scottish hero Murray weds in hometown spectacular

Tennis ace Andy Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears at Dunblane’s 12th century cathedral on Saturday, bringing his Scottish hometown to a standstill.

The newlyweds came under a shower of confetti as they left the church at 5.40pm (12.40am Saturday, Singapore time), just over an hour after they arrived.

Sears wore a white dress with a plunging neckline, lace sleeves and a long train carried by four bridesmaids while the groom wore a green and blue tartan kilt.

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Golf: Tiger defies odds with resurgence in his short game

Totally overshadowed by the brilliant play of American young gun Jordan Spieth at this week's Masters has been the remarkable resurgence to form by Tiger Woods.

While Spieth has electrified the fans at Augusta National with a record-breaking total of 14-under-par 130 after 36 holes, Woods has resurrected a short game that just two months ago left many experts convinced he is suffering from the "chipping yips".

Though the 14-times major champion has been a little erratic off the tee in the first two rounds and has occasionally struggled with the pace of the greens, his short game has been rock solid as he carded scores of one-over 73 and 69.

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Football: Barcelona blow two-goal lead at Sevilla

Sevilla came from 2-0 to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a 2-2 draw against leaders Barcelona on Saturday.

Stunning finishes from Lionel Messi and Neymar inside the first half looked to have Barca well on course for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions.

However, Ever Banega pulled a goal back before half-time thanks to an error from Claudio Bravo and the hosts improved display after the break was rewarded when Kevin Gameiro slotted home Aleix Vidal's cross seven minutes from time.

Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Eibar earlier in the day means the European champions now trail Barca by just two points with seven games remaining.

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