While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 19 edition

South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster

South Korean police clashed on Saturday with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace where they hoped to press for more government action in response to a ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives a year ago.

The rally on the main ceremonial thoroughfare in downtown Seoul was organised by a group representing families of the victims.

It was the largest in recent weeks as the country marked the first anniversary of the April 16 disaster.

Police in their hundreds used buses as barricades to block marchers from advancing towards the presidential Blue House.

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Prince Harry gets airborne and into Australia's outback

Prince Harry completes the first two weeks of a stint with the Australian Army on Sunday, training in bush survival skills, spending time on helicopter duties and playing wheelchair Aussie Rules football.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, is on a month-long attachment with his Australian Army counterparts ahead of retiring from the forces.

He spent the first fortnight in Australia's remote north and west, getting airborne in an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Tiger.

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Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-US trade deal

Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labour and environmental standards.

Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is particularly high in Germany, in part due to rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of US spying and fears of digital domination by firms like Google.

The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and German industry by surprise, and they are now scrambling to reverse the tide and save a deal which proponents say could add US$100 billion (S$135 billion) in annual economic output on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Football: Messi nets 400th goal as Barca edge past Valencia

Lionel Messi scored the 400th goal of his Barcelona career as the Catalans beat Champions League-chasing Valencia 2-0 to move five points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

Luis Suarez got Barca off to a flying start as he slotted home the opener after just 54 seconds from Messi's through ball.

However, it was Valencia who enjoyed the majority of the chances thereafter and they were left to rue Dani Parejo's missed penalty in the first half.

And Messi made sure of all three points with the final kick of the game after Diego Alves had saved his initial effort.

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Formula One: Champion Hamilton on pole for Bahrain GP

Series leader and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth straight pole position of the season Saturday when he outpaced all his rivals in qualifying for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old Briton, in untouchable form, crushed his opponents' efforts to stay with him as he delivered a stunning final lap in one minute and 32.571 seconds.

This lifted him clear of Germans Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, on the front row of the grid, and his Mercedes team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg, who was third ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari.

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