While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 20 edition

Chinese nanny admits killing, chopping up employers

A Chinese nanny admitted in a Paris court to killing and dismembering the parents of a baby who had died in her care, in a gruesome case worthy of a horror movie.

“It’s true, I killed them, and I will regret it for the rest of my life,” the diminutive Hui Zhang, 34, said at the start of the hearing.

Hui said she merely acted in self-defence as the furious parents of the dead newborn attacked her and her boyfriend with a butcher’s knife.


ISIS cuts militants' monthly salaries by half: Monitor

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group has announced plans to halve the monthly salaries of its members in Syria and Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The British-based monitoring group, which relies on a network of activists, medics, and fighters across Syria, published what it said was an ISIS statement announcing the cuts.

"Because of the exceptional circumstances that the Islamic State is passing through, a decision was taken to cut the salaries of the mujahedeen in half," the Arabic statement said.


Pamela Anderson causes stir in French parliament over foie gras

Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson triggered scenes of chaos in France’s parliament as journalists fought and shoved to hear her campaign for a ban on the force-feeding of ducks and geese for foie gras.

A photographer and a cameraman came to blows as those in the media scrum struggled to get shots of Anderson at a news conference. Some 25 other journalists were left stuck outside for want of sufficient space for them in the room.

The Canadian-born star was campaigning for a Bill tabled by an environmentalist lawmaker, undeterred that it has little hope of passing in the absence of support from virtually all other members of parliament.


Football: Klopp asserts control over Liverpool transfer policy

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has insisted he is in charge of transfer policy at Anfield, after sacked predecessor Brendan Rodgers revealed players were forced upon him.

Last weekend, Rogers gave an interview in which he said Mario Balotelli, now on loan at AC Milan after a poor debut season on Merseyside, was an example of a signing over whom he had no control.

Liverpool's transfer committee, comprising the manager, representatives of the scouting department and senior management staff, has been widely criticised after several poor signings.


Adele's single Hello fastest to reach billion views on YouTube

Adele has broken another record - her video for Hello is the quickest to reach one billion views on YouTube.

Hello, a ballad that ended a four-year album hiatus for the British singer, entered the exclusive one billion-view club late Monday just 88 days after its release.

It easily broke the speed record set by South Korean pop singer Psy's Gangnam Style, whose viral equestrian-themed dance video hit one billion views in 2012 after 160 days.