While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 9 edition

Eleven children believed among 27 migrants who drowned off Turkey

Twenty-seven people including 11 children drowned on Monday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.

The coastguard said it discovered the boat - carrying 40 people - half capsized after it set off from Edremit in the western province of Balikesir in an apparent bid to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

So far, four migrants have been rescued both by air and by sea in a search and rescue operation, the coastguard said in a statement on its website.


US hopes to send anti-missile system to South Korea 'as quickly as possible'

The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defence system to South Korea "as quickly as possible", the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.

After Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials said they would start formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.

Though the launch saw North Korea successfully blast a satellite into orbit, the United Nations and world powers quickly condemned the action as evidence Pyongyang is continuing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.


Woman enslaved, raped and tortured by ISIS urges Britain to help free others held captive

A young Yazidi survivor of slavery will urge British lawmakers today to help free the thousands of women and girls that remain captive at the hands of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) militants in northern Iraq.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, 21, who is in London to address the parliamentarians, is also appealing for more help for displaced Yazidis living in refugee camps, and to investigate whether the militant group has committed genocide against the Yazidi people.

Taha took her message to the UN Security Council in December, and has spoken to successive governments, appealing to the international community to act.


'Meteorite' kills man in south India, authorities say

 Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

Experts said other explanations were possible for the incident Saturday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The impact of the object left a five-foot-deep crater in the ground, according to the Times of India, and shattered window panes in a nearby building, killing the driver who was walking past.


Top dog: Scientists measure canine IQ

Dog owners who think their beloved pets are just smarter than the others might be right, according to a report published in Britain on Monday (Feb 8) based on intelligence tests on 68 border collies.

Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Edinburgh said they used a "purpose-built barn" to measure navigation ability, speed and skills in following a pointed arm.

One of the tests involved the dogs, who were all from farms in Wales, finding their way to a food reward they could see but was behind a barrier.