While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 23 edition

Last push for votes as EU leaders sound Brexit warning

Prime Minister David Cameron invoked Britain’s wartime spirit in a last-ditch bid to win votes on the eve of a knife-edge referendum on European Union membership that has put the continent on alert.

“Winston Churchill didn’t give up on European democracy... and we shouldn’t walk away,” David Cameron told a crowd in Birmingham, his final rally in a campaign that has been described as one of Britain’s most bitter ever.

EU leaders warned that leaving the 28-member bloc would be final, as two polls indicated the “Leave” camp was just ahead of “Remain”.


Husband says killing of British MP Jo Cox was 'act of terror'

The widowed husband of British lawmaker Jo Cox condemned her killing as an "act of terror" as he led worldwide commemorations for a killing that sent shockwaves through Britain's EU referendum campaign.

"Jo's killing was political. It was an act of terror," Brendan Cox told around 5,000 people gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on what would have been her 42nd birthday - as well as the eve of the vote.

Similar events were held in several other cities for Cox, who was shot and stabbed in the street last Thursday in her constituency.


Toddlers forgotten by dad, left in car, die in heat of Israeli desert

Two toddlers died after being forgotten in a car by their father in the scorching heat of Israel's Negev desert, medics said.

The siblings, who were aged about three and 18 months, were found in the vehicle at Al-Kasom, where they had apparently been trapped for a number of hours.

They were taken to a nearby home but were without vital signs.


Euro 2016: Record-man Ronaldo puts Portugal into last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two trademark brilliant goals to go into European Championship history and rescue Portugal in a 3-3 draw that took them into the last 16.

The Real Madrid ace became the first player to score at four European championship finals and his 17th match in a Euro tournament was also a record.

The 31-year-old opened his account in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes, then a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalise at the Stade de Lyon.


Euro 2016: Belgium qualify as Ibrahimovic bows out

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career ended in a damp squib when Sweden lost 1-0 to Belgium in their final Euro 2016 Group E match and failed to reach the last 16.

Radja Nainggolan’s fine shot after 84 minutes sent Belgium into the knockout stages and a game against Hungary as they finished second in the standings, level on six points with group winners Italy.

The Swedes ended bottom on one point and Ibrahimovic’s bold promise that he would never finish with a disappointment proved to be mistaken.