While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 9 edition

Gunmen open fire at Egyptian hotel, wounding foreign tourists

Gunmen opened fire at the entrance of a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, wounding at least two foreign tourists, security sources said.

Security forces repelled the assault after killing one of the gunmen who was wearing a suicide bomb belt. Another assailant is said to have been seriously wounded.

The attackers had arrived by sea to launch the onslaught on the beachside Bella Vista Hotel, security sources said.


Gunman citing ISIS shoots Philadelphia policeman

A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants shot and seriously wounded a Philadelphia police officer in an ambush on his patrol car, the city’s police commissioner said.

Edward Archer of Philadelphia approached Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, shortly before midnight and fired 11 rounds, three of which hit the officer in his arm.

Police released still images from surveillance video that showed the gunman dressed in a long white robe walking towards the car and firing, eventually getting close enough to shoot directly through the window.


Swiss artist goes nude in Cologne sex assault protest

Swiss artist Milo Moire threw off her clothes in front of Cologne's cathedral in a protest against a rash of sexual assaults blamed on migrants.

Standing nude in the freezing cold, Moire carried a German-language sign reading: "Respect us! We are no fair game even when we are naked!!!"

Cologne police said they had recorded 121 complaints of assault ranging from groping to two alleged rapes on New Year's Eve, with victims claiming that they were perpetrated by men of "Arab and North African" appearance.


Man who planned to kidnap Obama family dog faces weapons charge

A man who allegedly plotted to kidnap one of the Obama family's pet Portuguese water dogs was arrested with guns and ammunition at a downtown Washington hotel and is facing a weapons charge, The Washington Post reported.

The man, Scott D. Stockert, 49, first came to the attention of the Minnesota field office of the US Secret Service, which learned of his intention to kidnap Bo or Sunny, the Obamas' two dogs, the Post said, citing a court filing.


Justin Bieber expelled from Mayan ruins

Justin Bieber tried to take in a bit too much culture during his Mexican vacation as the pop star was kicked out of Mayan ruins for attempting to enter a restricted area.

The 21-year-old Canadian singer was visiting the ancient site in Tulum, which faces the Caribbean Sea, on Thursday when he sought to "enter an area prohibited to visitors," an official at the National Institute of Anthropology and History told AFP.

Guards from the institute, which oversees archeological sites, stopped Bieber and "invited him to leave" the ruins, the official said on condition of anonymity, confirming an incident that made headlines in Mexico.