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

Mars recalls Dutch-made chocolate bars from 55 nations

US chocolate giant Mars on Tuesday ordered a massive international recall of Mars and Snickers bars made at its Dutch factory after a piece of plastic found in one snack was traced back to the site.

Millions of chocolate bars were deemed possibly unsafe for consumption in 55 countries after a customer in Germany found a piece of red plastic in his Snickers bar last month.

The recall of the chocoholic snacks also affects Milky Way minis and some boxes of Celebrations, and hit most European countries. But it also extended as far as Vietnam and Sri Lanka in Asia.


At least one dead as building collapses at former UK power plant

At least one person was killed and three others were missing after a building collapsed on Tuesday (Feb 23) at a disused British power plant, the local fire service said.

The incident occurred at the RWE npower Didcot A power plant, around 113 km west of London. The plant closed in 2013 and was in the process of being demolished.

Residents told local media there had been a large rumble, prompting reports there had been an explosion.


French abattoir shut down over video of alleged animal abuse

An abattoir in southern France was shut down on Tuesday pending an investigation after an animal rights group released a video purportedly showing abuse of livestock at the facility.

The group, L214, published the four-minute video on its website, claiming to have secretly filmed it at the abattoir in Le Vigan, in France's southern Gard region, which is certified as "organic".

Scenes include employees tasering livestock, hurling sheep against barriers, hanging pigs by one leg, and pulling a cow by one horn.


Czech PM sees 'Czexit' debate if Britain leaves EU: Report

The Czech prime minister said on Tuesday (Feb 23) he expects a debate on his country leaving the European Union if Britain chooses to quit the 28-member bloc in a June referendum.

Three-fifths of Czechs said they were unhappy with EU membership and 62 per cent said they would vote against it in a referendum, according to an October 2015 poll by the STEM agency.

"If Britain leaves the EU, we can expect debates about leaving the EU in a few years too," leftist Bohuslav Sobotka told the CTK news agency. Britain will hold a referendum on leaving the EU on June 23.


Apple fight on iPhone access extends to other cases

Apple is battling the US government over unlocking devices in at least 10 cases in addition to its high-profile dispute involving the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers, court documents show.

The existence of other court fights supports Apple's argument that the legal case in California is about more than a single iPhone.

Apple provided a list of cases where it is opposing the US Justice Department's requests in a Feb 17 letter to a federal judge in Brooklyn, where the company is challenging government efforts to access an iPhone in a drug trafficking case.