While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 26 edition

Germany’s Merkel signals sober separation from EU 'partner' Britain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for clear-headed negotiations with “close partner” Britain over its departure from the European Union.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s six founding members had earlier said Britain should leave the bloc as soon as possible after Britons voted on Thursday to quit the 28-member bloc. But Merkel struck a more conciliatory tone.

“The negotiations must take place in a businesslike, good climate,” Merkel said. “Britain will remain a close partner, with which we are linked economically."


Eleven dead in Mogadishu hotel attack claimed by Shabaab

At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was swiftly claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants.

The assault, the latest in a series by the Islamist group targeting hotels and restaurants, began when a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives outside the building.

Gunmen then stormed the Naasa Hablood hotel and gunfire rang out for several hours, witnesses said, before the authorities declared the attack over.


Investor George Soros calls for reconstruction of EU after Brexit vote

Billionaire investor George Soros called for thorough reconstruction of the European Union in order to save it, even though he warned that Britain’s vote to leave the bloc makes “disintegration of the EU practically irreversible”.

Soros, who warned of financial meltdown if Britain voted to leave the EU before Thursday’s referendum, also said the effects of the decision will likely damage Britain.

“Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short to medium term,” he wrote in a commentary on the website Project Syndicate.


China, Russia eye closer friendship amid tensions with West

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation and oversaw a series of deals, as the two countries deepen ties in the face of growing tensions with the West.

In what was Putin's fourth trip to China since Xi became president in 2013, the two men stressed their shared outlook which mirrors the countries' converging trade, investment and geopolitical interests.

The Russian leader added that the two had discussed "strengthening together the fight against international terrorism", the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, Syria, and stability in the South China Sea.


Euro 2016: McAuley own goal sends Wales into last eight

Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley scored a heart-breaking own goal to hand British rivals Wales a 1-0 victory in Paris that sent them into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

In a cagey contest, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland largely succeeded in muzzling Gareth Bale, but the Real Madrid star produced a wicked 75th-minute cross that the hapless McAuley turned into his own net.

The West Bromwich Albion centre-back's unwitting intervention allowed Wales to reach the last eight, just as they did on their last major tournament appearance at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.