While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 22 edition

Suspect in Vegas car-ramming to face murder charge

A 24-year-old woman who repeatedly rammed her car into pedestrians on the packed Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and injuring more than 30, will be charged with murder, officials said on Monday.

Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson told reporters that additional charges would also be filed against Lakeisha Holloway, who had her three-year-old daughter in the car at the time of the incident on Sunday night.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said it appears Holloway was in conflict with her daughter's father and had been living in her car for the past week.


Outspoken Donald Trump-critic Senator Lindsey Graham drops his US presidential bid

Lindsey Graham, the hawkish Republican senator who wants thousands of US troops in the Middle East and warned Americans against nominating Donald Trump for president, announced on Monday he is exiting the White House race.

"I am suspending my campaign, but never my commitment to achieving security through strength for the American people," Graham said in a video statement.

"The centrepiece of my campaign has been securing our nation. I got into this race to put forward a plan to win a war we cannot afford to lose and to turn back the tide of isolationism that was rising in our party," he said.


Migrant boat, life jackets on display in London church

A capsized rubber dinghy used by a group of migrants to reach the Greek island of Lesbos earlier this year has been suspended mid-air in a London church in a poignant Christmas homage unveiled on Monday.

The installation entitled "Flight" by British artist Arabella Dorman has been set up in the nave of historic St James's Church in Piccadilly, close to the city's main shopping and entertainment district.

Three orange life jackets - two adults and a child's - suspended falling from the boat "unite the work with the story of the Holy Family at Christmas and their flight to Egypt," Dorman told AFP.


Two whacks is all it takes for spacewalk repair

Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, Nasa said on Monday.

"That was pretty easy," Commander Scott Kelly said, according to a live broadcast of the spacewalk on Nasa television, after he hit the stuck brake handle and got the car moving again.

Kelly and his fellow spacewalker, US flight engineer Tim Kopra, made swift work of the job and accomplished their main mission in less than an hour.


Six American soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

A motorcycle-riding Taleban suicide bomber killed six US soldiers near Kabul on Monday, in a brazen attack as the resurgent militant group battled to seize a key southern district in Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland.

The bombing during a joint patrol with Afghan forces near Bagram, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, marks one of the deadliest attacks on foreign troops in the country this year.

The Taleban claimed responsibility for the assault, which underscores a worsening security situation a year after Nato formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.