While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 25 edition

Japan condemns apparent ISIS execution, demands hostage release

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after a video surfaced claiming that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed.

Japanese government officials said they had not confirmed the authenticity of the recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of Japanese captive Haruna Yukawa, who went missing in Syria in August.

US President Barack Obama condemned the brutal murder of Yukawa in a statement released by the White House, which did not address how the United States had confirmed his killing.

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Bangladesh's grieving opposition leader snubs PM as she calls to offer condolences on son's death

Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda Zia Saturday left Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waiting on her doorstep after she had come to offer her condolences following the sudden death of Zia's youngest son.

Live footage aired by local television stations showed Hasina's motorcades, escorted by high security, standing in front of Zia's office in Dhaka's upmarket Gulshan district.

Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko, 44, died of a heart attack in Malaysia on Saturday. In an apparent snub, Zia's aide said she was asleep at her office when Hasina came to visit.

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Egypt protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary: Ministry

A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare leftwing protest in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, an official said.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, but did not elaborate. Fellow protesters said she was hit with birdshot fired by police to disperse the march.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the her death was being investigated and vowed in a statement that “whoever committed a mistake will be punished, whoever he may be.”

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Football: Ronaldo sent off as late Bale penalty hands Real 2-1 victory

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as leaders Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday thanks to late Gareth Bale penalty.

The Portuguese kicked out at defender Edimar with seven minutes to go as Real struggled to create chances, but they were gifted the win when a Bale free-kick was handled by Fede Cartabia in the area.

Cartabia was also sent off for a second bookable offence and, with Ronaldo off the pitch, Bale fired home the penalty with two minutes left.

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Football: Shock defeats for Chelsea and Manchester City in FA Cup

Often derided and disrespected during the Premier League era, the FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday with Chelsea and Manchester City humbled by supposed inferiors.

A day after Manchester United suffered a fright in a 0-0 fourth-round draw at fourth tier Cambridge United, Premier League leaders Chelsea surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 at home to third tier Bradford City.

If that was not a seismic enough shock, a couple of hundred miles north, Premier League champions City were torn apart by second tier promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, crashing 2-0 at a stunned Etihad.

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