While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 18 edition

A convoy of ambulances carrying coffins make their way to Nusa Kambangan prison at Wijayapura quay, Cilacap, Central Java, on Jan 17, 2015. Indonesia on Sunday put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the fir
A convoy of ambulances carrying coffins make their way to Nusa Kambangan prison at Wijayapura quay, Cilacap, Central Java, on Jan 17, 2015. Indonesia on Sunday put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia executes 6 drug convicts, including 5 foreigners: Official

Indonesia on Sunday put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo.

Two women were among those executed by firing squad, in a move swiftly condemned by Amnesty International as “seriously regressive”.

The foreigners hailed from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria.

The European Union had earlier urged Jakarta not to go ahead with the executions, with foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini calling the plan “deeply regrettable”.

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ISIS frees over 200 Yazidi captives who had likely become 'a burden': Officials

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group released more than 200 mostly elderly members of northern Iraq’s Yazidi minority on Saturday who had been held for months, officials and activists said.

The Yazidis were freed on the front line south-west of the city of Kirkuk and met by Kurdish peshmerga forces who took them to a health centre in Altun Kopri, on the road to the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil.

Officials told AFP the mass release, the largest of its kind, took them by surprise and said there had been no coordination with ISIS.

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Fears of radicalisation, stigma stalk gritty French suburbs

Talking to kids at his football club in a gritty high-rise suburb of Lyon, Mohamed Tria says he was "dumbfounded" by their reaction to last week's deadly Islamist attacks in France.

The teenage players "didn't see it as 17 people killed, but as an act of bravery by those who died with a weapon in their hand. They admire those guys," Tria, president of the local club, told AFP.

In city suburbs all over France, with their crumbling high-rise tenement blocks and sky-high unemployment, fears are mounting that a sense of desperation and isolation could breed more cases of radicalisation.

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Football: Chelsea slaughter Swansea 5-0 to go five points clear in Premier League

Chelsea ran riot at Swansea City, scoring four times before halftime on the way to a 5-0 win that sent Jose Mourinho's side five points clear in the Premier League on Saturday.

Brazil midfielder Oscar and Spain striker Diego Costa scored two apiece inside the opening 35 minutes as Swansea were torn to shreds.

Substitute Andre Schuerrle got his name on the scoresheet late in a more even second half.

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British actor Stephen Fry marries boyfriend

British actor Stephen Fry announced on Saturday that he married his boyfriend, posting the couple's photo on Twitter to his nearly 8.5 million followers and saying: "Amazing."

The 57-year-old - who made his name in cult television shows Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, and who was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing gay writer Oscar Wilde in the 1997 movie Wilde - wed 27-year-old Elliot Spencer in a register office.

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