While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 9 edition

Belgians seize key suspects in Paris, Brussels attacks

Mohamed Abrini, wanted for November’s Islamic State attacks in Paris, was among five people arrested in Brussels on Friday, Belgian prosecutors said, adding that he was also tied to last month’s Brussels bombings.

They said they were checking whether Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian, was the “man in the hat” seen on security footage at Brussels airport on March 22 with two suicide bombers. Belgium’s public broadcasters said it was “more than likely” he was.

The arrests mark a signal success for Belgian security services, which have faced fierce criticism at home and abroad since Brussels-based militants organised the attacks that killed 130 in Paris on Nov 13 and 32 at home four months later.


Two dead in shooting at Texas air force base

Two people were killed on Friday in a shooting at an air force base in Texas, authorities said, in what US media said appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes confirmed to AFP that two people at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio were killed, without offering details about the circumstances of the incident.

The Air Force Times, citing initial internal Pentagon communications, said an airman shot the commanding officer of a training squadron, before apparently turning the gun on himself.


US keeps Apple encryption battle alive in drug case

The US government on Friday (April 8) kept its encryption battle with Apple alive, pressing the high-tech giant to help crack an iPhone in a drug case in New York.

The move by the Justice Department comes after a high-stakes showdown between Apple and the FBI over access to the iPhone of a California gunman came to an abrupt end, when investigators said they had extracted the data on their own.

Key questions thus remain about law enforcement access to devices with strong encryption and how to balance that with user privacy rights - questions that could be answered if the government's appeal in New York goes forward.


Golf: Spieth leads, McIlroy second as ill winds blow at Masters

Jordan Spieth threatened to run away with his second consecutive Masters crown before stumbling twice on the front nine and reaching the turn with only a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy in Friday’s second round at windy Augusta National.

The 22-year-old American, who won last year’s US Open and Masters, stood on six-under par overall with nine holes to play, one-over on the round after a bogey at nine and a double-bogey blip at the par-4 fifth.

Giving hope to a chasing pack that struggled in vain to gain ground on the 18-hole leader was McIlroy, who seeks a victory to complete a career Grand Slam.


Private art museum in Fort Canning to close as it faces lawsuit

Less than a year after Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris opened in Fort Canning Arts Centre with a splash, the private museum said that it will shut its doors on Monday.

Art Heritage Singapore, which manages the museum, announced in a statement on April 8 that it is "disappointed that this project did not succeed due to weaker-than-expected visitorship and other business and financial challenges faced".

The closure comes as the company is being taken to court in Singapore by an Italian exhibition organiser over a sum of about €435,000 (S$667,500).