While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 29 edition

Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding

The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the President emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator feared for his family's life.

The prosecutor's employee, Diego Lagomarsino, is the only person to be charged with any offence so far in the case of Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the 1994 bombing of Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

Nisman's murky death has convulsed Argentina and led to several conspiracy theories. He was found dead in his flat, a gunshot wound to the head, on Jan 18, the day before he had been due to face questions in Congress about his allegations against President Cristina Fernandez.

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Women joining ISIS militants 'cheerleaders, not victims': Study

Western women who join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said Wednesday.

A new study from the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) said the estimated 550 women who have travelled to Iraq and Syria are expected to marry, keep house and bear children.

But despite being banned from fighting, many are active propagandists for the cause on social media, celebrating the brutal violence of ISIS militants, acting as recruiting sergeants and even encouraging attacks abroad.

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Plastic chemicals linked to earlier menopause

Women whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, US researchers said Wednesday.

While the study in the journal Plos One did not prove that the chemical exposures caused earlier menopause, study authors said the associations they uncovered merit further research.

"Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned," said senior author Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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Zombie or miracle? Florida cat claws his way back from the dead

A cat in Florida is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Bart the cat is recovering from a broken jaw and facial injuries, said the agency, which posted on Twitter images of his successful surgery on Tuesday. One of his eyes was wounded so badly it had to be removed.

The Humane Society is calling him a "miracle cat," while Bart's ordeal earned him the nickname "zombie cat" on social media.

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Football: Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-match ban

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two matches after being sent-off for lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar during Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday.

The Portuguese will miss home games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla in the next week, but crucially will be free to feature against La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Feb 7.

Madrid currently lead Barcelona by a point at the top of La Liga, but also have a game in hand.

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