While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 17 edition

Pakistan school attack: Pupils recall narrow escapes, carnage in Taleban slaughter

It began like any other morning in Pakistan's Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures.

In an instant, the peace was shattered - gunfire, smoke and dead bodies strewn across the school's halls and corridors, with crazed militants rushing from room to room shooting randomly at pupils and adults.

At least 130 Pakistanis, most of them children, were killed in the broad daylight attack on the military-run school on Tuesday, an assault lauded by Taleban insurgents as revenge for the killings of their own relatives by the Pakistani army.

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Jeb Bush 'actively' exploring US presidential bid

Jeb Bush, son to one former US president and brother to another, threw his hat into the ring for the 2016 race Tuesday, announcing he had consulted his family and decided to explore a bid.

The 61-year-old former Florida governor turned private investor is the first serious Republican contender to announce a likely run in his party’s primaries.

Jockeying is already under way to see who will challenge the presumptive Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, in the general election to decide who will replace President Barack Obama. But the announcement of such a high-profile and popular politician essentially shifts the 2016 White House race into full gallop.

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Nasa rover Curiosity finds organic molecules, methane gas on Mars

Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth's neighbour planet, scientists said on Tuesday.

The rover also found spurts of methane gas in the atmosphere, a chemical that on Earth is strongly tied to life.

Additional studies, which may be beyond the rover's capabilities, are needed to determine if the organic compounds and/or the methane gas were produced by past or present life on Mars or if they stem from geochemical processes.

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Football: Arsenal stars hail 'inspirational' Henry

Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry on Tuesday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football.

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. Top player. Top guy. #Legend."

The club's German playmaker Mesut Ozil tweeted: "Once you enchanted all of us - now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry #ArsenalLegend."

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Green Day marks rock's new generation in Hall of Fame

Latter-generation punks Green Day won spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, joining older legends in the band’s first year of eligibility.

Other 2015 inductees into the hall of fame include Bill Withers, the soul singer best known for his 1972 song Lean On Me, and hard rockers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Green Day was nominated for the first time. Artists are eligible once 25 years have passed since the release of their first single or album.

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