While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 27 edition

Police probe possible US military hospital shooting

An “active shooter” was reported at a San Diego military hospital Tuesday, but an initial sweep of the building in southern California found no evidence a shooting had occurred, officials said.

Navy spokesman Jon Nylander told AFP that a single witness had reported hearing three shots in the basement of the building at about 8am (11pm Singapore time).

“An active shooter has just been reported in building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. All occupants are advised to run, hide or fight,” the hospital posted on its official Facebook page.


Spanish bullfighter creates stir by taking baby into ring

A photo of a famous Spanish bullfighter training in the ring while holding his baby daughter created a stir on Tuesday, sparking an official complaint by a child protection agency.

Francisco "Paquirri" Rivera posted the picture on his Instagram account.

He later told his critics: "My daughter has never been safer. I'm a bullfighter, I live for this and I dedicate 365 days a year to it. She didn't face the slightest danger for even a second."


Italy covers nude sculptures for Iranian president

Italy's desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the museum where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.

Nude statues, including a Venus dating from the second century BC, were all covered up in temporary wooden cartons, removing the risk of them creeping into any of the shots - or catching Mr Rouhani's eye.

The moved angered Italian opposition leaders and commentators, who said Renzi had gone too far to please his guest.


Cancer kills 7,500 daily in China: Study

Chronic infections, smoking and pollution have contributed to skyrocketing cases of cancer in China, with an estimated 4.3 million new diagnoses last year and 2.8 million deaths, researchers said Tuesday.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in China, said the report.

The report described cancer as a major public health problem in China, where the population is about 1.37 billion.


Wonderful Life singer Black dies after car crash

British singer Black, known for his wistful 1980s hit Wonderful Life, died on Tuesday following a road accident, a statement on his Facebook page said.

The 53-year-old singer had spent two weeks in a serious condition in hospital following a crash near Cork, southern Ireland.

He was placed in an induced coma but his condition had deteriorated badly.