While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 2 edition

Female bomber killed in Istanbul police headquarters clash

Turkish security forces on Wednesday shot dead a female assailant armed with bombs and a gun after she and an accomplice sought to attack the police headquarters in Istanbul, reports said.

The male accomplice was injured but fled the scene of the clash, which came a day after a top prosecutor was killed in a hostage drama. The man was later arrested.

Television images showed the body of the female attacker sprawled on the tarmac on the road outside the police station in the Fatih district of central Istanbul after being shot dead.

Terrified passers-by crouched behind fences to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

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FBI says one of its 'most wanted terrorists' - Marwan - confirmed dead

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it has confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, known as Marwan and one of its “most wanted terrorists,” was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.

The US State Department had offered US$5 million (S$6.8 million) for the arrest of Zulkifli, a Malaysian member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.

Investigators said they had a difficult time confirming Zulkifli’s death because he was killed in a gruesome raid that went awry and left 44 police commandos dead.

Three years ago, the Philippine military reported Zulkifli died in an air strike, but he surfaced again last year in Mindanao under the protection of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front splinter group.

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Lucky British couple win $2m lottery prize for the second time in two years

A lucky British couple has won a million-pound (S$2.04 million) lottery prize for the second time in two years.

Mr David Long and his wife Kathleen, who live in Scunthorpe in England, first won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery in 2013. Then they got lucky again last Friday with another big win.

Mr Long told the Press Association that he knew "it would be his turn again some day".

The lucky couple almost missed out on their first win in 2013: Mr Long dumped the ticket in the trash after mistakenly thinking they had won just a few pounds.

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Gaza family 'tricked' into selling Banksy graffiti for just $270

A work by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been sold for less than US$200 (S$275) in war-ravaged Gaza, where a homeless family says they were "tricked" into parting with the valuable collector's item.

At the end of February, the artist, who chooses to remain anonymous, released an online video showing three works he painted on walls of homes in the Gaza Strip destroyed in Israeli air strikes.

Barely a month later in the impoverished Palestinian enclave, one of them changed hands for 700 shekels (S$250) - a trifle for the work of an artist who can raise more than US$1 million at art auctions.

The graffiti (above) shows the Greek goddess Niobe weeping on the metal doorway which was all that remained standing of the Hamduna family home.

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Football: 'I'm no money-grabber' - Liverpool's Sterling

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling rejected suggestions he was “money-grabbing” in an interview aired on Wednesday, after his talks over a new contract hit an impasse.

The 20-year-old England star’s future has become the subject of intense speculation in the British media as Liverpool attempt to extend his current contract beyond its 2017 expiry date.

Reports claim that Sterling has turned down a new deal worth around £100,000 (S$200,000) a week, but he said claims he was holding Liverpool to ransom were wide of the mark.

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