While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 11 edition

US President Barack Obama confirms death of US hostage Kayla Mueller held by ISIS

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, an American aid worker who had been held hostage by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, saying the United States would “find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible".

Mueller’s family also said in a statement that they were “heartbroken” to learn of her death and released a copy of a letter she had written in 2014 while in captivity.

The comments by Obama and the family come four days after ISIS said Mueller, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker from Arizona, was killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, although Jordan expressed doubt about the Islamist militant group’s account of her death. Mueller was determined to have died after her ISIS captors privately contacted her family over the weekend, a White House spokeswoman said.

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'CyberCaliphate’ hacks Newsweek Twitter account, threatens Obama; FBI investigating

Hackers calling themselves “CyberCaliphate” threatened US President Barack Obama and his family when they took control of Newsweek magazine’s Twitter account on Tuesday with the words “Je suIS IS,” a reference to Islamic State and the deadly attack at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The group, which also took responsibility for hacking Pentagon social media accounts last month, tweeted “#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine’s Day #MichelleObama! We’re watching you, you girls and your husband!”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the hacking, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

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Former prostitute Jade describes scenes of 'carnage' at orgies with former IMF chief

A former prostitute detailed scenes of group sex as "carnage" at orgies with Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday, as the former International Monetary Fund chief said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was busy "saving the world".

Strauss-Kahn took the stand for the first time on charges of "aggravated pimping" in an alleged vice ring, in a day of high drama in a French court.

The silver-haired economist once tipped for the French presidency denied having a "frenetic" programme of sex parties at a time when the IMF he headed up was "saving the world from an unprecedented" financial crisis, adding they only took place four times a year between 2008 and 2011.

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Moon objects found in astronaut Neil Armstrong's closet

 

A treasure trove of objects that were supposed to have been left behind after the first moon landing have turned up in the closet of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the lunar surface, the Smithsonian Institution has said.

Armstrong died in August 2012 and his wife, Carol, found the items from the 1969 lunar landing as she was cleaning out one of his home closets in Cincinnati, Allan Needell, a space history curator at the National Air and Space Museum, wrote in a recent blog.

Among the objects are a camera that was mounted in the window of the Eagle lunar module to record the landing and two waist tethers.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey uncut for Singapore release: 5 facts about the erotic film

It is the news all Fifty Shades Of Grey fans in Singapore were hoping to hear - the erotic drama, which has been given an R21 rating, will open in local theatres on Thursday uncut.

With the 20 minutes of kinky scenes between mysterious business tycoon Christian Grey (played by British actor Jamie Dornan) and innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) intact, expect temperatures to rise uncomfortably - and the number of movie-goers wearing jackets to fall - in cinemas.

Here are five facts you might not have known about the 125-minute film, adapted from the best-selling eponymous novel by author E. L. James.

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