While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 4 edition

Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran-minister

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Teheran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave. He said Riyadh would not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security.

Saudi diplomats evacuated from Iran after their embassy was stormed by protesters in Teheran landed in Dubai on their way home to the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported early on Monday. 


ISIS threatens Britain in new executions video featuring a child vowing to 'kill non-believers'

The ISIS terror group threatened Britain in an Internet video Sunday showing the killing of five "spies" which also shows a little boy vowing to "kill kuffar" (non-believers).

The SITE Intelligence Group said the video shows five men from Raqa, capital of the self-declared extremist "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, confessing to carrying out acts of espionage then being slaughtered one by one in graphic footage. 

The video, posted to YouTube, then ends with a boy with a British accent, who appears to be only about five-years-old, and dressed in military fatigues and a black bandanna bearing the white mark of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) says: "We will kill kuffar [NON BELIEVERS]over there."


Two gunmen dead in Indian air base attack: police 

Two suspected Islamic insurgents were killed Sunday when fighting flared up again at an Indian air force base, a senior police officer said, a day after the initial bloody raid on the base close to Pakistan.

Seven soldiers and four attackers were earlier confirmed killed during the assault on the Pathankot base in the northern state of Punjab, which triggered a 14-hour gunbattle Saturday.

The attack - a rare targeting of an Indian military installation outside disputed Kashmir - threatens to undermine improving relations with Pakistan.


Armed protesters occupy US wildlife headquarters in Oregon

A group of self-styled militiamen occupied the headquarters of a US wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon in a standoff with authorities, officials and local media reports said on Sunday, in the latest dispute over federal land use in the West.

The occupation, which began on Saturday followed a march in Burns, a small city about 80 km north of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, to protest the incarceration of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond. The two were convicted in 2012 of setting fires on public land to protect their property from wildfires.

A federal court had ordered the Hammonds to be returned to prison after ruling their original sentences were insufficient.


Football: Guus Hiddink off the mark as Chelsea crush Crystal Palace

 Guus Hiddink enjoyed his first victory since taking over as Chelsea interim manager as the troubled Premier League champions crushed Crystal Palace 3-0 on Sunday.

After draws against Watford and Manchester United following his arrival as short-term replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho, Hiddink was at last able to celebrate three points at Selhurst Park.

Oscar opened the scoring in the first half before Willian's cracker and a Diego Costa strike extended Chelsea's unbeaten run since Mourinho's departure to four matches.