While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 17 edition

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) gestures as he speaks with The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting in Abu Dhabi.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) gestures as he speaks with The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: AFP

A selection of news stories that happened overnight, Aug 17, 2015.

Rescuers head to crashed Indonesian plane: official

Rescue teams were heading to the site of an air crash in rugged eastern Indonesia Monday after villagers found the wreckage of a passenger plane which went missing with 54 people aboard, officials said.

The plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air lost contact with air traffic control just before 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) Sunday after taking off from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the search and rescue agency said.

The ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five crew on the flight which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes, it said.


Iraqi panel finds former Prime Minister Nurial al-Maliki, others responsible for fall of Mosul

An Iraqi parliamentary panel called on Sunday for former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and dozens of other top officials to stand trial over the fall of the northern city of Mosul to ISIS last year.

Separately, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi directed military commanders accused of abandoning their posts in Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province which was overrun by ISISI (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in May, to face court martial.

The moves come a week after Abadi launched a sweeping campaign to reform the governing system, and are the most drastic steps yet taken by Baghdad to provide accountability for the loss of nearly a third of the country's territory to the radical jihadists.


India Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits UAE mosque in conciliatory gesture to Muslims 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the main mosque in Abu Dhabi on Sunday in a conciliatory gesture to the Muslim minority back home wary of his past and his Hindu nationalist party.

Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been dogged by allegations he did not stop religious riots in Gujarat over a decade ago, when at least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed in communal riots.

He has denied the allegations and a Supreme Court inquiry found no evidence to suggest he was complicit in the violence.


Football: Manchester City thrash misfiring Chelsea 3-0

Manchester City deepened the gloom at Chelsea with a rousing 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday that took them five points clear of the Premier League champions.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in typically deft fashion in the 31st minute before late goals from captain Vincent Kompany - his second in two games - and Fernandinho signalled the end of a breathless, spiky contest.

The result brought the curtain down on a bleak week for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, caught in a storm over his demotion of team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn and who withdrew his skipper John Terry at half-time for the first time in 177 league games.


Tennis: Swiss teen Belinda Bencic wins Toronto title as Simona Halep quits

Swiss teen Belinda Bencic outlasted Simona Halep to win Sunday's WTA Rogers Cup final when the Romanian second seed retired trailing 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 3-0.

Bencic, who upset world number one Serena Williams in the semi-finals, broke twice to open the third set before the effort of battling in extreme heat and humidity proved more than Halep could take.

The Swiss 18-year-old has won 21 of her last 25 matches and defeated four top-10 foes this week, improving to 6-1 this year against such high-ranked rivals.