While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 13 edition

Dr David Dao in a video screengrab being forcubly removed from the United Airlines flight.
Dr David Dao in a video screengrab being forcubly removed from the United Airlines flight.PHOTO: REUTERS

United Airlines passenger David Dao launches legal action over forceful removal

Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident.

Citing the risk of "serious prejudice" to their client, Dr David Dao, the lawyers want United and the City of Chicago, which runs O'Hare International Airport, to preserve surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, and other materials related to United Flight 3411.

The filing with the Cook County Circuit Court likely presages an eventual lawsuit against United for the April 9 incident, where Dao was snatched from the seat he had paid for, and was dragged by his hands on his back off the parked plane, which had been bound for Louisville, Kentucky.

United chief executive officer Oscar Munoz on Wednesday issued Dao an apology and said the company would no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights after global outrage erupted over the way Dao had been treated by airline and airport security staff.


Trump broke news of Syria air strikes to China's Xi over 'most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you have ever seen'

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were tucking into “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen” when the US President told his China counterpart that the US had launched air strikes on Syria.

Trump offered his first account of how he broke the news to Xi at their Florida summit in an interview with Fox Business.

Asked how the leader of China, which alongside Russia has repeatedly blocked UN resolutions targeting the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, had reacted, Trump said: “He paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again – I didn’t think that was a good sign.”


Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship, as she called on the country to be bold in advocating for girls’ education.

Wearing a bright orange scarf to cover her head in accordance with Muslim tradition, the Pakistani activist was welcomed to the seat of Canada’s democracy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At age 19, Yousafzai is the youngest person to speak to Canadian members of parliament and senators in a joint session.


Football: Tuchel fumes at Uefa as Dortmund lose after bus attack

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel slammed the decision to play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco just a day after a bomb attack on the German team's bus.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Signal Iduna Park, but Tuchel was furious at the way the incident was handled by governing body Uefa.

The fixture was postponed 24 hours after three explosions rocked the Dortmund team coach and left Spain international Marc Bartra with a broken wrist as the Germans made their way to the ground ahead of Tuesday's scheduled kick-off.

"We felt completely passed over, it came down to 'tomorrow, you're playing'," said Tuchel.


Jude Law cast as young Dumbledore in next Fantastic Beasts movie

British actor Jude Law will play a young version of Hogwarts' venerable headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the second film of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them franchise.

Warner Bros film studio said Law would play Dumbledore decades before he became the headmaster of Hogwarts, the school where Harry Potter and his friends learned to become wizards and fight dark forces in society.

Potter author Rowling has also written the screenplay for the second of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is set 70 years before Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts, Warner Bros said in a statement.