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

Vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, eastern France, now part of a Unesco world heritage site.
Vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, eastern France, now part of a Unesco world heritage site.AFP

Turks protesting against China attack Koreans 'by mistake'

Turkish nationalists protesting China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims attacked a group of Korean tourists in the heart of Istanbul's old city on Saturday, mistaking them for Chinese nationals.

Hundreds of angry protesters marched towards the Topkapi Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait in a show of solidarity with the Turkic Uigurs, who complain of cultural and religious suppression under Chinese rule.

Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greatest), they attacked some Koreans outside the Topkapi Palace, which is visited by thousands of tourists every day.


French pride fizzes as Unesco lists Champagne and Burgundy vineyards

The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world’s most famous sparkling wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by Unesco on Saturday.

In a double victory for French wine, corks were also popping in Burgundy after its vineyards were crowned with the same prestigious distinction by the UN cultural body in the German city of Bonn.

It picked out the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, where the grand houses sit atop miles of cavernous cellars where millions of bottles of bubbly are aged.

There was special mention too of the village of Hautvilliers, in whose abbey as legend has it the monk Dom Perignon first invented the double fermentation technique that gives champagne its fizz.


ISIS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the militant group captured the city on May 21.

It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.


Texas alligator kills late-night swimmer who ignored warnings

An alligator has attacked and killed a Texas man who ignored warnings about the reptile and went for a late night swim in a creek, US media reported Saturday.

The body of Tommy Woodward, 28, was found Friday, floating a 800m from the bayou in south-east Texas where he was last seen swimming, according the USA Today newspaper and other outlets.

Woodward went swimming with a companion at around 2.30am on Friday when the pair spotted a 3m-long gator.


Tennis: Defending champ Kvitova joins Wimbledon exodus, Federer into last 16

Petra Kvitova, the defending champion and second seed, crashed out of Wimbledon on Saturday while Roger Federer and Andy Murray both needed four sets to secure their passage into the second week.

Czech star Kvitova, who also won the 2011 title, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to veteran campaigner Jelena Jankovic who goes on to play 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Kvitova’s earliest loss at the All England Club since 2009 leaves just Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Lucie Safarova as the last remaining top 10 seeds going into the second week.