While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 14 edition

Turkey arrests five over ISIS attack on German tourists in Istanbul

Turkey said on Wednesday it had arrested a total of five suspects over a deadly suicide bombing carried out by an ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) extremist that killed 10 German tourists in the historic centre of Istanbul.

Ankara has said that Tuesday's strike was perpetrated by a 28-year-old Syrian who belonged to the ISIS group and had recently entered Turkey from Syria as a migrant.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that four suspects had been arrested on Wednesday in relation to the attack.


Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi avoids 'rocking boat' with military ahead of handover

Myanmar election winner Aung San Suu Kyi will not press for an immediate change to the Constitution that bars her from becoming president, and will instead appoint a ceremonial head of state, a senior official in her party said on Wednesday.

She will also include in the new Cabinet at least one member of the military-linked Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which was trounced in the November vote, as well as technocrats from ethnic minorities who have long complained of being sidelined from power.

The democracy champion is keen to avoid open confrontation with the powerful military, perhaps wary that the last time she triumphed at the ballot box in 1990, the army kept her under house arrest for years and refused to surrender power.


MH17 relatives demand release of radar images

Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster on Wednesday urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.

All 298 passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight jetliner - most of them Dutch - died when it was shot down en route to Kuala Lumpur over war-torn eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Officials with the Dutch safety board (OVV) concluded in their investigation last year that the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels. But they did not say definitively who pulled the trigger.


Ohio man arrested after sending selfie to police because he did not like his mug shot

An Ohio man wanted for drink driving who sent police a more flattering photo of himself because he did not like his mug shot has been arrested in Florida, the police said.

"How's this photo Donald Pugh?" the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office asked on its Facebook page, Reuters reported, showing the suspect's new, broadly smiling mug shot. "Maybe that selfie helped people identify you better?"

Pugh, 45, had posted a photo of himself wearing sunglasses in a car after he saw the two mug shots that the Lima, Ohio, police department had posted on its Facebook page. 


Majority of Arab Muslim youth from Mid-East, North Africa say ISIS, Al-Qaeda distort Islam: Poll

A majority of Arab Muslim youths see the actions of extremists such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam's teachings, according to a new poll.

The Zogby Research Services poll of 5,374 young Muslim men and women from the Middle East and North Africa also found that many millennials blame corruption and repressive governments for the rise of extremist groups.

"At least three-quarters of millennial respondents in all countries surveyed" said movements like ISIS and Al-Qaeda "are either a complete perversion of Islam's teachings or mostly wrong", the polling firm said.