While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 12 edition

Paris shooting: More than a million rally in 'unprecedented' historic Paris march of defiance

World leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms to lead an estimated million-plus French citizens through Paris in an unprecedented march under high security to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.

People also poured into the streets in other European cities, and even Israel to demonstrate their solidarity with the marchers in France.

In Paris, police said the turnout was "without precedent" but too large to count. One organiser said he had indications it could be between 1.3 and 1.5 million people. Some commentators said the last street presence in the capital on this scale was at the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944. Together with marchers in other French cities, police estimated the total turn-out in France at some 3 million.

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Paris shooting: World leaders link arms in historic Paris march against extremism

World leaders, including some who are normally implacable foes, on Sunday linked arms in unprecedented scenes of solidarity during an historic march against terrorism in Paris.

Walking arm in arm alongside President Francois Hollande were a string of leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

They were joined on the front line by arch nemeses Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, who were positioned just four people apart.

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Two suspected 10-year-old girl bombers die hitting north Nigeria town

Two children strapped with explosives blew up in a market in northeast Nigeria Sunday, witnesses said, killing three people in the second apparent attack in two days using young girls strapped with explosives.

The blasts struck around mid-afternoon at an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, which has frequently been attacked by the Sunni Muslim extremist group Boko Haram.

A trader at the market, Sani Abdu Potiskum, said the bombers were about 10 years old. "I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age ... you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso," the trader said.

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Football: Southampton 'lucky', says Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United loses

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal lamented his side's lack of cutting edge after they lost 1-0 at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

United dominated possession but failed to register a single shot on target for the first time in a league game at Old Trafford since May 2009, allowing Southampton to prevail through Dusan Tadic's 69th-minute strike.

Victory took Ronald Koeman's side above United into third place, but Van Gaal, who fell out with Koeman during their time together at Ajax, felt the visitors were fortunate to leave Manchester with all three points.

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Football: Sanchez at the double to boost Arsenal's top-four bid

Alexis Sanchez delivered a majestic display as Arsenal closed the gap in the race for a top four finish in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Stoke on Sunday.

Sanchez made Laurent Koscielny’s opener and then netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season either side of half-time at the Emirates Stadium to lift Arsenal above Tottenham into fifth spot.

The battle for Champions League qualification is hotting up, with Arsene Wenger’s side now level on points with fourth placed Southampton, who face third placed Manchester United at Old Trafford later on Sunday.

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