While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 16 edition

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015.
Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

US church shooter Dylann Roof found guilty, could face death penalty

Dylann Roof, the self-described white supremacist who gunned down nine African American parishioners at a historic church in Charleston in 2015, was found guilty of all charges, and could now face the death penalty.

A federal jury in the southern US port city found the 22-year-old Roof guilty on 33 counts, including hate crimes resulting in death and hate crimes involving an attempt to kill.

Three people survived the shooting spree in a Bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 - a massacre that shocked the nation, and exposed the deep divides in America over race and access to guns.

Roof said in a taped confession that he carried out the attack in retaliation for alleged crimes committed by black people against whites.


Buses evacuate thousands of exhausted Aleppo residents in ceasefire deal

Thousands of people were evacuated from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A first convoy of ambulances and buses with nearly 1,000 people aboard drove out of the devastated rebel-held area of Aleppo, which was besieged and bombarded for months by Syrian government forces, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.

Syrian state television reported later that two further convoys of 15 buses each had also left east Aleppo. The second had reached the rebel-held area of al-Rashideen, an insurgent said.


Twitter ditched from tech meet with Donald Trump over #CrookedHillary emoji - report

Twitter was left out of a meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump because it refused to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary during the US election campaign, according to media reports.

Trump met some of America's most powerful tech executives at Trump Tower on Wednesday to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the campaign.

But Twitter was "bounced" from the meeting over Twitter chief Jack Dorsey's role in rejecting the anti-Hillary Clinton emoji — a rejection that brought public complaints from the president-elect's campaign.


Thug who kicks woman down subway steps in viral video said to have fled Germany


A man caught on video kicking a woman down a flight of stairs at a Berlin subway station has fled to his native Bulgaria, according to media reports.

A video of him holding a bottle of beer and smoking a cigarette while violently kicking the woman in the back went viral this month after Berlin police released it in an effort to find out the identity of the culprits.

Prosecutors in Berlin confirmed on Wednesday that the perpetrator was a Bulgarian citizen, adding that he had left Germany and that his extradition would be demanded from the Bulgarian authorities.


Football: Luis Suarez agrees new Barcelona contract to 2021

Luis Suarez has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the Camp Nou until June 2021, the Spanish champions announced.

The 29-year-old Uruguay striker's new deal, which had been in the pipeline for some time, features a 200 million-euro (S$million, $208 million) release clause.

Barcelona said Suarez, who has scored 97 goals in 116 appearances since signing from Liverpool in 2014, will officially pen the new deal on Friday.