While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 10 edition

Security personnel investigate the scene of the bombing on April 9, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

Egyptian worshippers recall horror of Palm Sunday church blast

Coptic Christian worshippers in Egypt spoke of horrific scenes on Sunday after a bomb ripped through their church during a service, mangling bodies and destroying pews.

"There was a violent explosion near the altar," Edmon Edward said.

"Suddenly everything became black, people flew over each other," he said, He had been attending Palm Sunday mass at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta with his brother Emil, who stood with a white bandage wrapped around his head, when the attack claimed by the Islamic State group happened.


Defiant Swedes unite, reject violence after truck attack

A carpet of flowers, candles and stuffed toys on Sunday covered the steps of a Stockholm shopping plaza where up to 50,000 people gathered for a vigil honouring the victims of last week's truck attack.

"We talk, we don't fight," Marianne said just a stone's throw from where the lorry mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of a popular department store, killing four people and injuring 15.

A 39-year-old Uzbek suspected of carrying out the attack had previously been refused residency in Sweden and had "shown sympathies for extremist organisations" such as the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) group, the police said.


Indian girl said to have been raised by monkeys; now doubts cast on story

The Jungle Book-like tale of a young girl said to have been found living with monkeys in an Indian forest was shocking, disturbing and fascinating. It might also have been untrue.

The story of the girl circulated among news outlets around the world in recent days, including The Washington Post, after reports by the New Indian Express, and news agencies.

The girl, according to those reports, was rescued earlier this year by police who found her surrounded by a pack of protective monkeys in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. One police officer speculated that she might have been raised by primates from infancy.


NASA's Peggy Whitson becomes first two-time female commander of space station

NASA's Peggy Whitson, soon to become the most experienced US astronaut in terms of time spent in space, assumed command of the International Space Station on Sunday (April 9) as two Russian crew members and an American prepared to fly back to Earth.

For Whitson, 57, it was her second stint in charge of the $140 billion station, a multinational project overseen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

On April 24, Whitson will have spent more time in space than any other American astronaut, surpassing the current US record of 534 days held by NASA's Jeff Williams, 59. She already held records for the most time spent in space by a woman and for the most time spent spacewalking by a woman.


Football: Everton equal club record with 7th straight home win, beating Leicester 4-2

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton defeated champions Leicester City 4-2 at Goodison Park in a game which saw four goals inside the opening 23 minutes.

Leicester, who face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, made five changes ahead of their trip to Spain and the defeat ended the run of five straight wins since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri as manager.

For Everton, it was a fine bounce back from their derby defeat to Liverpool and the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser to Manchester United in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.


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