While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 28 edition

Members of the Civil Defence rescue children after an air strike in Aleppo.
Members of the Civil Defence rescue children after an air strike in Aleppo.PHOTO: REUTERS

Thousands flee Syria regime advance into east Aleppo

Thousands of civilians have fled rebel-held east Aleppo after government forces, determined to retake all of Syria's second city, seized its largest rebel-controlled district and advanced into two other areas.

The capture on Saturday of Masaken Hanano - which had been the biggest rebel-held district of Aleppo - was a major breakthrough in a 13-day regime offensive to retake the entire city.

On Sunday, regime forces also took control of two neighbouring areas, Jabal Badra and Baadeen, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.


Conservative Francois Fillon wins big in French Republican presidential primaries

Francois Fillon, a socially conservative free-marketeer, won France's centre-right presidential primaries on Sunday, setting up a likely showdown next year with far-right leader Marine Le Pen that the pollsters expect him to win.

With votes from four-fifths of 10,228 polling stations counted, Fillon, who went into Sunday's second-round run-off as firm favourite, had won over 67 per cent of the vote in a head-to-head battle with another ex-prime minister, Alain Juppe.

"I must now convince the whole country our project is the only one that can lift us up," a visibly moved Fillon said at his campaign headquarters after Juppe conceded defeat.


Football: Mourinho sent off in Man Utd draw, Southampton ruin Koeman's return

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent off as his side lost more ground in the Premier League title race by drawing 1-1 with West Ham United on Sunday..

It was United's fourth successive home draw in the league - a first since 1980 - and left them 11 points below leaders Chelsea in sixth place.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman, meanwhile made an unhappy return to former club Southampton as his current side fell 1-0 to his previous employers.


Motor racing: Nico Rosberg takes Formula One title from Lewis Hamilton

Germany's Nico Rosberg won his first Formula One world championship on Sunday after finishing second in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.

After all the suspense and expectation, the race saw Hamilton chalking up his 10th win of the season, and fourth in a row, but powerless to do anything about the championship outcome despite making every effort.

His attempt to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by deliberately slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.


Disney's Moana tops North American movie charts, unseats Harry Potter

The animated sea-faring musical adventure Moana sailed to success in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated US$55.5 million ($78.6 million) to top the North American box office, an industry group said Sunday.

The Disney film about a brave Polynesian teenage girl on a risky mission to save her people reaped in US$81.1 million during the full, longer Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.

The composers of the film's score include Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics for the smash Broadway hit Hamilton.