While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 24 edition

Germany's Merkel kissed by Syrian refugee children on Turkey trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday (April 23), kicking off a high-stakes visit aimed at boosting a month-old migrant deal plagued by moral and legal concerns.

Merkel, joined by European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, headed to the Nizip 2 camp near Gaziantep after touching down in the country's south-east.

"Welcome to Turkey, the world's largest refugee hosting country," read a huge banner hanging over the entrance to the camp, which hosts some 5,000 people, including 1,900 children, in row upon row of white and beige prefabricated houses.


Bangladesh professor hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

Unidentified attackers hacked to death a university professor in Bangladesh on Saturday (April 23), police said, with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claiming responsibility for the brutal killing.

Police said English professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was hacked from behind with machetes as he walked to the bus station from his home in the country's northwestern city of Rajshahi, where he taught at the city's public university.

"His neck was hacked at least three times and was 70 to 80 per cent slit. By examining the nature of the attack, we suspect that it was carried out by extremist groups," Rajshahi Metropolitan Police commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin told AFP.


Blaze engulfs shops in Syria's historic Old Damascus

Syrian firefighters on Saturday (April 23) worked to contain a fire that engulfed dozens of shops in the Asruniyeh market of Old Damascus, a Unesco world heritage site.

The market is adjacent to the famed Al-Hamidiyeh souk in one of the world's oldest cities.

"It began at 6am in one shop in the centre of the neighbourhood and then spread to other shops," a senior civil defence member in the market told AFP.


Football: Last-gasp Martial sends Man United into FA Cup final

Anthony Martial snatched a last-gasp winner to send Louis van Gaal's Manchester United into a potentially season-redeeming FA Cup final as the favourites following a 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley on Saturday (April 23).

With the semi-final headed for extra-time after a 75th-minute Chris Smalling own goal had cancelled out Marouane Fellaini's first-half strike for United against his former club, Martial was on target in injury time.

Everton, with manager Roberto Martinez under fire and out of favour with the fans, could have levelled in the 57th minute when Timothy Fosu-Mensah felled Ross Barkley but David de Gea's superb diving save denied Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot.


Football: Suarez hits four more for Barca, wins for Real and Atletico

Red-hot Luis Suarez hit four goals for the second game in a row as Barcelona, helped by three penalties in the second half, stayed top of La Liga by hammering Sporting Gijon 6-0 on Saturday (April 23).

Elsewhere, Gareth Bale made up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring twice as Real Madrid came back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano, while Atletico Madrid kept up their title hopes with a 1-0 home victory over Malaga.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone could be facing a three-game ban from the touchline after being sent off at halftime when a ball was thrown on to the pitch from the technical area.