While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 2 edition

Two killed, seven wounded, in Tel Aviv shooting: officials

Two people were killed and at least seven wounded when a gunman opened fire on a pub and nearby cafe in central Tel Aviv, but the motive was not immediately clear.

The shooting came amid a recent wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis and days after the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group threatened the Jewish state with violence.

CCTV footage from a nearby grocery store shows a bespectacled young man with a backpack calmly pretending to shop before going to the exit, placing the backpack on a trolley, removing what looks like a submachine gun and opening fire in the street.


Dubai probes cause of massive New Year's Eve hotel fire

Investigators in Dubai were working to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel on New Year's Eve three hours before midnight.

The Dubai government's media office issued a civil defence statement said that the process of cooling the hotel down was "ongoing".

The authorities, meanwhile, were criticised on social media for going ahead with Dubai's 2016 fireworks display while the hotel burned.


Hillary Clinton e-mails (almost) name ‘biggest jerk’ in US diplomacy

Who is the biggest jerk in US diplomacy? America was left guessing after a tantalising near-revelation in the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails to be made public.

The State Department has been releasing the totality of Clinton’s work e-mails from her time as US top diplomat, amounting to tens of thousands of missives peppered with sometimes quirky insights.

“Just for the record, if she does not already know, XXXXX is one of the biggest jerks in the foreign service,” the US ambassador to Germany John Kornblum is quoted as saying, in a newly-released e-mail from Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal.


Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, whose biggest hit came in a virtual duet with her late father, pop legend Nat King Cole, of his decaces-old hit Unforgettable has died at the age of 65, her family said.

The family’s statement said Cole died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from “ongoing health issues.”

The TMZ celebrity news website said Cole, who had struggled in the past with drugs, died from congestive heart failure following complications from a kidney transplant and hepatitis C, diagnosed in 2008.


Football: Real Madrid star James Rodriguez pursued by police - reports

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was pursued by an unmarked police car to the club's training ground for allegedly speeding at 200kmh, Madrid sports daily AS reported.

The newspaper published photos on their website of Rodriguez arriving at the Valdebebas training ground in the north of Madrid followed by a car carrying a blue siren.

AS also published a video of the passengers in the unmarked vehicle claiming they "followed him at 200 kilometres per hour on the M-40 motorway," when stopped by security at the entrance to the training ground.