While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 11 edition

ISIS video shows child killing "Israeli spy"

A video posted online by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) militants on Tuesday showed a child killing Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab accused by the group of being a Mossad spy, with a bullet to the head.

The video, published by the group's Furqan media outlet, showed Musallam sitting in a room wearing an orange jumpsuit, talking about how he had been recruited and trained by the Israeli intelligence service.

He said his father and elder brother had encouraged him.

After that, it showed Musallam being escorted to a field and executed by a child, described by an older, French-speaking fighter as one of "cubs of the caliphate".

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Iraqi troops, militia retake strategic town from ISIS, paving way for assault on Tikrit

Iraqi troops and militias drove ISIS insurgents out of the town of al-Alam on Tuesday, clearing a final hurdle before a planned assault on Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit in their biggest offensive yet against the ultra-radical group.

The power base of executed former president Saddam's clan, Tikrit is the focus of a counter-offensive against ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) by more than 20,000 troops and Shi'ite Muslim militias known as Hashid Shaabi, backed by local Sunni Muslim tribes.

If Iraq's Shi'ite-led government is able to retake Tikrit it would be the first city clawed back from the Sunni insurgents and would give it momentum in the next, pivotal stage of the campaign - to recapture Mosul, the largest city in the north.

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London schoolgirls 'stole' family jewellery to fund Syria flight

Three London schoolgirls who fled to Syria are believed to have stolen family jewellery to fund their travel, police said Tuesday as the trio's relatives expressed disbelief at their actions.

Schoolfriends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, left their homes last month and flew to Istanbul, from where they are believed to have joined ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Syria.

Giving evidence before parliament's home affairs committee, Britain's national police lead on counter-terrorism, Mark Rowley, said the girls paid a travel agent more than £1,000 (S$2,090) for their flights.

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Singer Taufik Batisah introduces his fiancee - on Instagram

The first Singapore Idol winner, Taufik Batisah, has come up with an encore for his announcement over the weekend that he is getting married next month. He has now not only named his wife-to-be but introduced her to his fans, in an Instagram posting.

"I've always been private about my personal life... but these few days I have been asked by so many friends and media about who my other half is," he says on the social media website. "I will like to take this moment to share my happiness with everyone who has supported me all these years. Please meet Mrs #awakkatmane to be, Sheena Akbal."

The reference was to his popular hit song, Awak Kat Mane (Where Are You). The news prompted a flurry of likes and comments from his fans and friends.

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Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson's Hansel strut again on Paris catwalk

Male model Derek Zoolander and rival Hansel made catwalk appearances for Valentino's show at the Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, setting off a surprised roar of applause and laughter.

US actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, the stars of the 2001 movie Zoolander that poked fun at the fashion world, raised the roof when they stepped back into their comic roles at the end of Valentino's real-life autumn-winter women's collection.

Wilson as Hansel ("so hot right now") and Stiller's "really, really, ridiculously good-looking" Zoolander delivered the ultimate walk-off wearing custom Valentino accompanied by pouts, in homage to the comedy.

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