While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 21 edition

Shi'ite militia attack Yemen president’s home, seize palace

Defiant Shi'ite militiamen seized control of Yemen’s presidential palace and attacked President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi’s residence Tuesday in what officials said was a bid to overthrow his embattled government.

As the UN Security Council began an emergency meeting to condemn the attack and back Hadi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “gravely concerned” and called for an immediate halt to the fighting.

Abdul Malik al-Huthi, leader of the militia that bears the name of his late father, was defiant, warning that “all options” were open against Hadi, whom he accused of supporting the “fragmentation” of the country. He also said his movement was ready to stand up to any measures the Security Council might adopt.

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Grocery worker hailed a hero during Paris attacks is made a French citizen

The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages' lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was made a French citizen on Tuesday.

Lassana Bathily, 24, was joined by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Prime Minister Manuel Valls in a packed naturalisation ceremony.

"I am so happy to get dual nationality," said a smiling Bathily, who also received a medal for his actions. "Long live freedom, long live solidarity, long live France."

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Paris to sue Fox News for reports on Muslim 'no-go zones'

The city of Paris said Tuesday it plans to sue US television chain Fox News for reports that there were "no-go zones" in the French capital that police and non-Muslims avoid.

The reports in the wake of the Islamist attacks in Paris two weeks ago have been widely derided and prompted Fox to issue an on-air apology for suggesting parts of Paris and the English city of Birmingham were run under Islamic Syariah law.

The news channel broadcast a map outlining the so-called no-go zones which a man it described as an expert named Nolan Peterson said felt like Afghanistan or Iraq.

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Football: Cristiano Ronaldo confirms break-up with supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk

World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and the Russian supermodel Irina Shayk have split up after a five-year relationship, the Real Madrid star's management group told AFP on Tuesday.

Rumours had been rife about the state of the relationship since Shayk missed the Ballon D'Or ceremony last week and they were fuelled further when a representative of Shayk told the American press the couple had split.

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Football: Sterling equaliser keeps Liverpool in the hunt

Raheem Sterling's magnificent second-half solo goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at a snow-speckled Anfield on Tuesday.

With Chelsea leading through Eden Hazard's 18th-minute penalty, Jose Mourinho's side were poised to pull off a classic smash-and-grab when Sterling surged through their defence to equalise in the 59th minute.

The goal, Sterling's seventh of the season, was a demonstration of the 20-year-old England forward's quicksilver brilliance and was the reward for a committed and industrious display by Brendan Rodgers' men.

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