While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 16 edition

Protester arrested for landing mini copter at US Capitol

An anti-corruption protester piloted his mini helicopter through Washington’s no-fly zone Wednesday and illegally landed it on the US Capitol lawn, triggering a national security scare, startling tourists and prompting a police probe.

The arrested pilot, according to the Tampa Bay Times who had interviewed and filmed him prior to his audacious flight, is a Florida man who was conducting civil disobedience – in this case a demand for campaign finance reform.

Air space is severely restricted around Washington landmarks including the White House and the Capitol, which houses the US Congress whose 535 lawmakers were in session at the time.

A bomb squad inspected the so-called gyrocopter, which landed a few hundred metres from the Capitol, but found nothing hazardous.

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Mark Zuckerberg tackles Facebook users' questions in a session on his page

Mark Zuckerberg spends his "whole life" focused on the Facebook mission, he told the social media website's users during a question-and-answer session.

He said he likely spends no more than 50-60 hours a week in the office, but "if you count all the time I'm focused on our mission, that's basically my whole life."

The Facebook founder spent an hour fielding questions on his Facebook page from ordinary users, as well as billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and singer Shakira.

And he tackled a number of subjects, from the weighty (his support of net neutrality), to the more personal (his tips on learning Mandarin).

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Adultery website flirts with British stock market

A website devoted to adultery is out to woo investors with a public offering of stock in Britain.

The Toronto-based company behind AshleyMadison.com put out word on Wednesday that it aims to raise US$200 million (S$270 million) with a stock market debut in London this year.

An effort to go public in Toronto was aborted in 2010 after trouble hooking up with investors. The company hopes to have better fortune in Europe where it sees attitudes regarding extramarital affairs as more liberal than in North America.

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Football: Suarez at the double as Barcelona blow PSG away

Luis Suarez hit a brilliant second-half double as Barcelona appeared to end Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League dream for another year with a 3-1 quarter-final, first leg win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

The visitors’ all-star attack made their class count as Neymar coolly converted from a Lionel Messi assist in the 18th minute to put Luis Enrique’s men in control, before Suarez produced two classy finishes in the final quarter of the game.

PSG got one back eight minutes from time from what was credited as a Jeremy Mathieu own-goal from a Gregory van der Wiel shot, but this was their first home defeat of the season and a first loss at home in Europe in 34 matches since 2006.

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Football: Barcelona, United and Chelsea to play in the United States in July

Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea will headline the 2015 International Champions Cup in the United States in July, organisers said on Wednesday.

The pre-season tournament, which has attracted huge attendances across the States, will feature 10 clubs in its third year, including three from North America's Major League Soccer.

Barcelona, 22-times Spanish and four-times European champions, will feature in the competition for the first time.

United won last season's tournament, while Premier League leaders Chelsea return after playing in the first edition in 2013.

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