While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 13 edition

US Marine Corps helicopter missing in Nepal quake area

A US Marine Corps helicopter carrying out earthquake relief in Nepal was reported missing on Tuesday with eight personnel on board, officials said.

The UH-1Y Huey had just dropped off supplies and was headed to another destination, officials said.

Before the chopper went missing, there was “some chatter about a fuel problem” on the radio from the helicopter crew, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said.

A search by US aircraft before nightfall had not spotted any sign of smoke or any crash site, raising hopes the helicopter may have made a safe emergency landing, he said.

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French police probe shocking images of violence on migrants

French police on Tuesday said they would probe a shocking video showing violence against migrants in the northern port town of Calais, from where they hope to cross to Britain.

The amateur footage shows policemen repeatedly beating and kicking migrants who had been hiding in trucks en route to Britain, hoping to secure a better life across the English Channel.

The policemen also use tear gas to immobilise some of their targets, and force others down onto the ground with their knees.

The amateur footage surfaced less than four months after Human Rights Watch condemned police abuse of migrants in Calais, and slammed the slow response of the French government to their poor living conditions.

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TPP fast-track trade bill fails first test in US Senate

Legislation giving US President Barack Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress failed a crucial procedural test on Tuesday, delaying a measure that may be key to President Barack Obama’s diplomatic pivot to Asia.

In a setback to the White House trade agenda, the Senate voted 52-45 – eight votes short of the necessary 60 – to clear the way for debate on the legislation, which would allow a quick decision on granting the president so-called fast track authority to move trade deals quickly through Congress.

The vote marked a big victory for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an outspoken opponent of fast-track.

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Football: Barcelona in Champions League final despite loss at Bayern

Barcelona reached the Champions League final, despite losing 3-2 at their former coach Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on Tuesday, with an aggregate 5-3 win and will face Real Madrid or Juventus in Berlin next month.

Barca’s tricky Brazil forward Neymar scored twice in the first half to kill off the hosts’ chances following the Spanish side’s 3-0 first leg win at the Nou Camp last week.

Neymar was twice picked out by striker Luis Suarez, after Bayern’s seventh minute lead through Medhi Benatia had briefly reignited the Germans’ hopes.

Bayern struck back with second-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller but were still left needing another three to qualify for the showpiece match.

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Mayweather, Pacquiao fight sets pay-per-view records

The “Fight of the Century” between boxing greats Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao generated record pay-per-view revenue in the United States of US$400 million (S$530 million) from 4.4 million buys, cable networks Showtime and HBO said on Tuesday.

The May 2 fight in Las Vegas that saw Mayweather beat Pacquiao in a unanimous decision cost US$99 to view in high definition.

With additional revenue from ticket sales, international TV distribution and other sources, worldwide receipts are expected to top US$500 million, the networks said.

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