While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 20 edition

ISIS claims deadly attack on Tunisian museum

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on foreign tourists at Tunisia’s national museum that killed 21 people, as the security forces swooped on suspects.

The authorities said they had identified the two dead gunmen behind Wednesday’s assault, which prompted calls for a show of national unity against extremism in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

In an audio message posted online, ISIS said that “two knights from the Islamic State... heavily armed with automatic weapons and grenades, targeted the Bardo Museum” in the capital.

The group, which has hundreds of Tunisians among its ranks, threatened more attacks, saying: “What you have seen is only the start.”

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Obama congratulates Netanyahu on election win: White House

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his recent election win, after a campaign that soured relations between the two allies.

Ties have been tested by Netanyahu’s pledge on the campaign trail to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state, which had been the starting point of countless rounds of Middle East peace negotiations.

Obama waited two days before making the normally routine congratulatory call.

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Solar plane lands in Myanmar on epic round-the-world journey

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Myanmar's second-largest city Mandalay on Thursday after completing the fourth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun - and was met by an elephant.

The single-seater aircraft landed at 7:51pm after a 13-hour journey from the Indian holy city Varanasi.

Pictures posted on social media showed the plane being met by two men dressed as a brightly coloured elephant and a huge crowd of local dancers.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard flew the fourth leg of the 12-part journey, taking over from fellow Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg.

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Polar bear attacks tourist as eclipse junkies head to Arctic

A Czech tourist recounted Thursday how he fought off a polar bear while camping in Svalbard in Norway's Arctic, illustrating the potential danger for eclipse chasers descending on the region.

Jakub Moravec's body was covered with bloody scratches, but he smiled as he explained to Norwegian public television NRK how he woke up under a polar bear that had entered the tent where he was camping with two friends.

Svalbard and the Faroe Islands, a Danish autonomous territory in the North Atlantic, are the only places on Earth where Friday's eclipse will be fully visible.

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Football: Dec 18 the date for 2022 Qatar World Cup final

Football’s governing body Fifa on Thursday approved holding the final of the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Dec 18 at the end of the first tournament held in the northern winter, a top official said.

Fifa is also aiming “in principle” for a tournament of just 28 days, four days shorter than previous World Cups, Fifa communications chief Walter de Gregorio told reporters after a meeting of the body’s executive.

Fifa had to change from the traditional June-July World Cup because of the scorching summer temperatures in Qatar.

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