While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 7 edition

Survivors tell of quake horror in Taiwan

Rescuers searched through the night Saturday hoping to free residents trapped in buildings toppled by a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, as survivors recalled being plucked to safety from their ruined homes.

More than 250 people have been rescued from the Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan since the quake hit at 4am on Saturday, killing 14 people and toppling four blocks of around 100 homes in total.

Over 150 people remain out of contact with their families in Tainan and surrounding counties, with at least 20 feared still trapped in the rubble of the apartment buildings.


More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents foetus’ brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine or treatment.

There are 25,645 people infected with the disease in Colombia, Santos said during a TV broadcast with health officials. Among them are 3,177 pregnant women.


Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's mother dies

The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anissa Makhlouf al-Assad, died on Saturday at the age of 86, state media reported.

The former first lady and widow of former president Hafez al-Assad died in the capital Damascus, the official Sana news agency reported.

Throughout Syria's nearly five-year war and even when her husband Hafez ruled the country with an iron fist, she had kept a low profile and was rarely mentioned in the media.


Football: Leicester go 6 points clear after outclassing title rivals Man City 3-1 away

Leicester City, playing with panache, belief and a ruthless streak that has made a shock first Premier League crown a real possibility, crushed title rivals Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday through Robert Huth’s double and a Riyad Mahrez strike.

The Premier League leaders, stretching their lead to six points, produced another exhilarating performance to stun shell-shocked Manchester City in the top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad stadium.

Poor marking allowed defender Huth to sweep in Mahrez’s free kick, via a deflection off Martin Demichelis, after three minutes.


Football: Jose Mourinho in Berlin to watch Dortmund match

Jose Mourinho made a surprise appearance in Germany's capital on Saturday to watch Hertha Berlin's Bundesliga home match against high-flying Borussia Dortmund.

According to both Sky and German daily Bild, Mourinho was invited to the match at Berlin's Olympic Stadium by Dortmund's chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The visit came just 24 hours after reports Mourinho's representatives held talks with Manchester United about replacing Louis van Gaal as manager of the Premier League club.