While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 15 edition

Vanuatu appeals for aid after cyclone ‘calamity’

Vanuatu’s President made an emotional appeal for international assistance on Saturday after his island nation was hit by a calamity of a cyclone, wreaking devastation in what is feared to be one of the region’s worst weather disasters.

Aid agencies were scrambling for information and preparing to send teams to Vanuatu, whose main island is home to more than 65,000 people, with a UN disaster assessment and coordination team expected to arrive late on Sunday.

Unicef New Zealand executive director Vivien Maidaborn said that “early reports are indicating that this weather disaster could potentially be one of the worst in Pacific history”.

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Serbian helicopter in fatal crash while evacuating five-day-old baby

A Serbian military helicopter evacuating a five-day-old baby for emergency medical treatment crashed in heavy fog, killing all seven people on board, the officials said Saturday.

A four-member crew, two medical workers and the baby were all killed in the crash, said Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

The Mi-17 helicopter transporting the baby - who was suffering severe respiratory problems - to a Belgrade hospital crashed late on Friday near the Serbian capital, the defence ministry said in a statement.

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Record-breaking flight gives eagle-eye view of Dubai

The plight of endangered eagles has been highlighted with a record-breaking flight by a magnificent bird of prey named Darshan.

Darshan, an imperial eagle, was equipped with a micro-camera by a team of conservationists as he took flight from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, according to a BBC report.

It was the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure - 829.8m up - and was streamed live.

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Football: Messi double moves Barca four points clear

Barcelona moved four points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as a double from Lionel Messi eased them to a 2-0 win at Eibar on Saturday.

The Argentine overcame his recent penalty yips to open the scoring from the spot and then headed in his side's second from Ivan Rakitic's corner.

Madrid have the chance to reduce the gap back to a point ahead of next weekend's El Clasico between the two sides when they face Levante on Sunday.

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Football: Giroud helps Arsenal bolster top four bid with a 3-0 win

Arsenal cemented their position in the Premier League's top four as Olivier Giroud's blistering strike inspired a 3-0 rout of West Ham on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's third-placed side are aiming to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish for the 18th year in a row and they are well on course after a fifth successive league victory.

It was also the ideal preparation for next week's Champions League last 16 trip to Monaco, who hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg.

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