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

Freed Australian reporter Peter Greste says he is 'ecstatic' to be home

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste arrived home in Australia on Thursday saying he had dreamt of returning to his family on each of the 400 days of his detention in Egypt.

"I can't tell you how ecstatic I am to be here," said the award-winning correspondent who was deported on Sunday from Cairo, where he was held for allegedly aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

"This is a moment that I've rehearsed in my mind at least 400 times over the past, well, 400 days and it feels absolutely awesome to be here," the 49-year-old said, flashing the victory sign and holding his arms aloft.

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Fox News posts Jordanian pilot execution video in full on its website

Fox News broadcast still images of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants before posting full raw footage from the horrific execution video on its website.

Senior officials with the US network, the only major US media outlet to use video footage of Kassasbeh's death, said the decision was taken to highlight the "barbarity" of the ISIS group.

"After careful consideration, we decided that giving readers of FoxNews.com the option to see for themselves the barbarity of ISIS outweighed legitimate concerns about the graphic nature of the video," said John Moody, Fox News executive vice-president and executive editor.

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ISIS militants selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq, says UN watchdog

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youths, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

"We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. "The scope of the problem is huge."

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Diplomatic blunder as Argentina leader tweets about Chinese pronunciation on China trip

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, on a tour of China to strengthen ties as the economy teeters on the brink of a recession, appeared to commit a diplomatic blunder on Wednesday by poking fun at how the Chinese speak.

While Fernandez's remark on Twitter that the Chinese pronounce the letter 'r' as an 'l' will be taken by her supporters as a light-hearted joke typical of her folksy style on social media, she may have offended her hosts.

In her message, Fernandez suggested that the Chinese struggled to pronounce "rice", "petroleum" and "Campora," the Spanish name given to the youth wing of her political party.

"More than 1,000 participants at the event... Are they all from the Campola and in it only for the lice and petloleum?" Fernandez tweeted.

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Formula One: Five pointers from the first test of the season

The first four days of testing for the 2015 Formula One season in Jerez are over with a further eight days to come in Barcelona ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.

Here, AFP sports looks at what can be learned from the first test.

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