While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 30 edition

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia seeks US help to find missing plane, says US State Dept

Indonesia has formally asked the United States for help in locating the AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that went missing on Sunday, the US State Department said on Monday.

“Today we received a request for assistance locating the airplane, and we are reviewing that request to find out how best we can meet Indonesia’s request for assistance,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a regular news briefing.

The US Defence Department said the details of the request were still being coordinated but “could include some air, surface and sub-surface detection capabilities.”

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Death toll in ferry fire disaster rises to 10 - but dozens are still unaccounted for as figures fail to tally with passenger list

The death toll after a ferry caught fire in rough seas in the Adriatic rose to 10 on Monday with dozens of passengers still unaccounted for.

It was unclear whether the missing passengers had drowned or otherwise died unnoticed or whether the ill-fated Norman Atlantic’s manifest lists were inaccurate.

With the 10 confirmed dead, that left 41 people unaccounted for, going by the list of passengers and crew released by the ferry’s Greek operator on Sunday.

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Ebola diagnosed in medical worker in Britain: Official

A health-care worker recently returned from Sierra Leone was on Monday diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Glasgow in the first diagnosis of the virus in Britain during the current outbreak.

The patient returned to Scotland late Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving at Glasgow Airport around 11.30pm local time (7.30am on Monday, Singapore time).

The patient was admitted to hospital Monday after feeling unwell and placed into isolation at 7.50am.

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Clinton, Oprah, Malala are women most admired by Americans: Poll

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton remains the woman most admired by Americans, followed by television icon Oprah Winfrey and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, polling agency Gallup said Monday.

Clinton, a likely 2016 US presidential candidate, won the honour for the 13th year in a row, earning 12 per cent of the votes.

President Barack Obama was the most admired man, earning 19 per cent of votes, followed by Pope Francis on 6 per cent.

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Football: Newcastle striker Cisse charged with violent conduct

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been charged with violent conduct, the FA said in a statement on Monday referring to an incident in the Premier League match against Everton.

The charge, which could lead to a three-match ban, came after a video review panel re-examined footage during which Cisse elbowed defender Seamus Coleman at St James' Park on Sunday.

The incident was unseen by the match officials.

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