While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 29 edition

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes walks in front of family members of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at a news conference in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya on Dec 28, 2014.. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes walks in front of family members of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at a news conference in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya on Dec 28, 2014.. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Restless night awaits relatives of passengers on missing plane

More than 100 distraught relatives of passengers aboard missing Flight QZ8501 were hunkered down at a makeshift crisis centre at Indonesia's Surabaya airport in East Java on Sunday, waiting anxiously for news.

AirAsia Malaysia chief Tony Fernandes was at the airport himself trying to comfort the families, but the airline could offer little besides food, a hotel for the night and assurances that all was being done to find the lost plane.

"We've been given accommodation from AirAsia but I couldn't rest with this on my mind," said one man who gave his name as Haryanto and who has four relatives on board. He said he had been waiting at the airport for 10 hours.

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Italian ferry fire: Vessel passed checks, had fire door problem, says owner

The ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic passed a recent technical inspection after a repair to a faulty fire door, its Italian owner said Sunday.

Carlo Visentini, the chief executive of the Visenti Group, which owns the boat, said checks had been made on Dec 19 in the Greek port of Patras and the minor flaws revealed had been addressed.

"The tests confirmed that the boat was in full working order," Visentini was quoted as saying by Italian news agency ANSA.

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Sony says PlayStation still has problems, gradually coming back online

Sony Corp's PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.

The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday.

"We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed," Sony said in a statement on PlayStation's maintenance website.

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Football: Manchester City blow golden chance to close on Chelsea

Manchester City squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday.

Chelsea stuttered to a 1-1 draw at Southampton and champions City looked poised to close the gap at the top to one point when they scored twice in the first half against Burnley, but Ashley Barnes lashed in an equaliser nine minutes from time.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris inspired his team to a feisty 0-0 draw with third-placed Manchester United and Arsenal climbed to fifth with a 2-1 win at London rivals West Ham United.

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Apple makes The Interview movie available on iTunes

Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp's The Interview, the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio.

"We're pleased to offer The Interview for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in a statement.

The news comes after Sony Pictures released the movie online via Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play, Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console and a Sony dedicated website last week.

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