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

Woman hunted over Paris supermarket attack entered Turkey Jan 2, may now be in Syria - Turkish source

Hayat Boumeddiene (above right), the wanted partner of one of the gunmen (above left) shot dead by police after three days of high drama in France, arrived in Turkey before the killings and may now be in Syria, a Turkish security source told AFP Saturday.

The source said Turkey did not arrest her because of a lack of timely intelligence from France.

The official’s remarks confirm that Boumeddiene was already outside France when the killing spree began, contrary to earlier speculation she had been involved in the Paris killings, said AFP.

French police had initially suspected the 26-year-old may have had a role in her partner Amedy Coulibaly’s acts of violence when he shot dead a policewoman on Thursday and took people hostage in a Paris siege on Friday.

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Paris shooting: Family of dead French policeman pay tribute to their 'pillar'

Relatives of Ahmed Merabet, the policeman who was shot in cold blood as he tried to stop the Charlie Hebdo attackers from fleeing, paid a moving tribute Saturday to a man they described as the "pillar" of their family.

One of the 17 victims of a three-day Islamist killing spree that has shaken France to the core, Merabet's death on Wednesday was caught on video - footage that was shown on television and that his partner said she saw without even knowing what she was watching.

"Ahmed, a man of commitment," his brother Malek said, before breaking down in tears.

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Young Muslim man hailed a hero for hiding hostages in Paris supermarket attack

A young Muslim man has been hailed a hero for hiding hostages fleeing gunman Amedy Coulibaly after he stormed a Jewish supermarket.

Lassana Bathily (above), 24, originally from Mali in west Africa, reportedly shepherded terrified customers to safety in a walk-in chiller as the Islamist gunman took hold of the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, Paris, on Friday.

Coulibaly burst into the market where Mr Bathily works and opened fire, killing four people.

He took several shoppers hostage and threatened to kill them if police stormed the printing shop where brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who killed 12 people in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier in the week, were holed up in a village to the north.

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Sound of silence as French sport mourns Paris victims

Many stood in sombre, respectful silence, some proudly waved French flags, others dreamed up original slants on the "Je Suis Charlie" rallying calls of global defiance.

Across the football and rugby grounds of France, in the English Premier League and even thousands of metres high up in the Swiss Alps, emotional tributes continued to be paid to the 17 victims of this week's Paris massacres.

At a World Cup giant slalom skiing event at the Swiss resort of Adelboden, Frenchman Alexis Pinturault (above) finished third before turning his attentions to the dead in Paris. The 23-year-old Olympic bronze medallist held up a banner on the podium with the words "Je ski Charlie" ("I ski Charlie").

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Tennis: David Ferrer claims 22nd title with Qatar triumph

David Ferrer, so often the forgotten man of the world’s top 10, made a heartening start to the new season by winning the Qatar Open title on Saturday, defeating Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-5.

The 32-year-old fourth seed saved three set points in the second set against Berdych, the third-seeded former Wimbledon finalist, whose big weapons sometimes threatened to sweep all before him.

But Ferrer, diligent, fast and better focused, made the best of his talents – despite having to work hard to survive from within two points of defeat against Ivo Karlovic the previous day – and proved that he can still be a high level contender with the 22nd title of his career.

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