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

US, UN condemn Syria hospital bombing in war-ravaged Aleppo

The United States and the United Nations on Thursday condemned an air strike on a hospital in Syria's Aleppo, with Washington demanding that Russia restrain its Syrian ally.

UN officials also voiced alarm at the "catastrophic deterioration" of the situation in Syria and appealed on world powers to salvage a Feb 27 truce.

But in Aleppo on Thursday, fighting between rebels and regime forces killed 53 civilians - the highest toll for a single day in a week of violence that has cost more than 200 lives, according to a monitor.


US economic growth slows to just 0.5 per cent in first quarter, weakest in two years

The US economy sputtered in the first quarter of 2016 to the weakest growth in two years as consumers and businesses cut back spending.

The economy grew at a slower-than-expected annual rate of just 0.5 per cent in the quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

It was the weakest pace since the first quarter of 2014, and was well below analysts' 0.9 per cent consensus estimate.


Lego admits 'mistake' in refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

 Lego billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has admitted that the Danish toymaker's refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a "mistake".

The company found itself at the centre of a social media storm last year after Ai said Lego had refused his order of the famous children's building blocks as they would be "used for political works".

Lego's deputy chairman, the grandson of the company's founder, said the decision to deny the artist a bulk order had been due to "an internal mistake".


Prince had opioid meds with him when died: reports

Prince had prescription opioid medication on him and in his home when he died last week, US media reported, although autopsy results have yet to indicate why the pop icon died.

CNN reported late Wednesday that the pills were found both on Prince's person and at his Paisley Park compound, citing a law enforcement official.

The prescription pills, which are used to treat pain, were discovered "at the death scene" according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Football: Villarreal strike late to dent Liverpool's Europa League hopes

Adrian Lopez's stoppage-time winner put Villarreal on the verge of reaching their first ever Cup final with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

A game of few chances was decided by a brilliant goal at the death as Denis Suarez unselfishly squared for substitute Lopez to tap home from close range.

Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool's best chance against the post in the second-half as Jurgen Klopp's men now need another famous European comeback at Anfield to reach the final in Basel on May 18.