While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 18 edition

Michelle Obama pushes healthy food agenda in Milan

US First Lady Michelle Obama arrived Wednesday with her mother and daughters in Milan, where she is set to push her healthy food agenda at the World Expo.

The First Lady kicked off the Italian leg of her trip to Europe, which began in London on Monday, with a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant alongside a group of schoolchildren.

On Thursday, she will visit the world exhibition under way in the northern Italian city, which has a theme close to her heart: food. Obama has long worked on "Let's Move!", her programme to get American children to eat more healthily and be more active.


Blasts claimed by ISIS kill 31 at Shi'ite sites in Yemen

At least 31 people were killed Wednesday and dozens wounded in five simultaneous bombings claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group at Shi'ite mosques and offices in the Yemeni capital, medics and witnesses said.

ISIS, a Sunni Muslim radical group, said the attacks were in “revenge” against the Shi'ite Huthis, who have overrun Sanaa and much of the Sunni majority country and whom it considers to be heretics.

The attacks came as the United Nations struggled to push forward peace talks between Yemen’s exiled government and the Iran-backed rebels in Geneva. They also come almost three months after ISIS carried out multiple bombings against Shiite mosques, killing 142 people.


Football: 'I let everyone down,' says sobbing Vidal after Chile crash

Chilean football star Arturo Vidal made a tearful apology Wednesday after he was stripped of his driver’s licence for crashing his Ferrari while driving drunk, but dodged suspension from the national team.

After spending the night in jail, the Juventus midfielder appeared in court in Santiago, where the judge freed him from custody but suspended his licence and ordered him to report to the Chilean consulate in Milan every month under the terms of his release.

Vidal then rushed off to Chile’s training camp for the Copa America, where he tearfully took responsibility for the accident and apologised to his team and the country. “I let everyone down,” the 28-year-old star said.


New Fifty Shades of Grey book to hit bookstores on Thursday

E.L. James, the British author of the hugely successful Fifty Shades Of Grey erotic novels, is celebrating the fictional birthday of her famous male character on Thursday with the release of her new book, Grey, which looks set to be an instant bestseller.

Publisher Vintage Books said demand for the novel, told from the viewpoint of business tycoon Christian Grey, has been consistent with the other books in the trilogy, which have sold more than 125 million copies worldwide.

In Grey, James will give her millions of avid fans Grey's take on his relationship with Steele and his thoughts and insights.


Korean starlet Jung In Ah dies in skydiving accident

South Korean model and actress Jung In Ah has died after a fatal skydiving accident, according to Korean news reports.

Jung, 38, went skydiving on June 13 in Goheung county in South Jeolla province, located at the southernmost tip of South Korea.

Her body was found on June 16 tangled with her parachute, floating in the sea near a breakwater.