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

An Iraqi soldier stands guard as displaced Iraqi residents queue for food aid during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Mosul on June 25, 2017.
An Iraqi soldier stands guard as displaced Iraqi residents queue for food aid during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Mosul on June 25, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mosul celebrates first Eid without ISIS in years

People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without ISIS in years on Sunday (June 25) after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over.

Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of the city. Some played on old swings and others with toy guns and rifles, which were among the toys allowed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants after they took over the city in June 2014.

The militants implemented an extreme version of Islam which associated toys with a face, like dolls, with idolatry. They encouraged youngsters to train on weapons and changed text books to reflect their military ideology. Children were asked to add up bombs or bullets in maths exercises.


As many as 90 accounts hit by cyberattack on British parliament

A "sustained and determined" cyberattack on Britain's parliament compromised up to 90 email accounts, a parliamentary spokesman said Sunday (June 25).

The National Crime Agency said it was investigating "a possible cyber incident affecting parliament", which raised fears of blackmail threats against some of the 9,000 parliamentary email account holders.

"Investigations are ongoing, but it has become clear that significantly fewer than one percent of the 9,000 accounts on the parliamentary network have been compromised," the parliamentary spokesman told the Press Association.


Video shows a teen falling off a Six Flags ride - and a crowd gathering to catch her

A teenage girl escaped serious injury after falling 25 feet from an amusement park ride in Upstate New York - and into the arms of a crowd that had gathered below to catch her.

The dramatic fall and rescue was captured on video by at least one bystander at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, New York, north of Albany, where the incident took place.

In the video, a girl wearing blue shorts and a gray shirt can be seen dangling from a stopped gondola and screaming as several onlookers shout in alarm. Another person is seated inside the two-person gondola, not in apparent danger of falling.


Seven killed in gondola accident in Indian Kashmir

A tree lashed by strong wind crashed onto a gondola cable in northern India on Sunday (June 25), sending two cars plunging to the rugged terrain below, police said. Seven passengers were thrown from the cars and died, and two others were injured.

About 150 people remained stranded in midair for several hours in other gondola cars until they were rescued by police, said Imtiyaz Hussain, senior police superintendent in the Baramulla district of Kashmir, who supervised the rescue.

Dangerous wind and dense forests hampered officers as they used a helicopter and all-terrain vehicles to search for the victims, who were described as a married couple and their two young daughters on vacation from New Delhi, two tour guides and a gondola operator.


US urges Qatar and Saudi-led group to 'lower rhetoric'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Sunday (June 25) for a "lowering of rhetoric" between Qatar and a four-nation group led by Saudi Arabia after Doha denounced their sweeping list of demands.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want Qatar to meet their 13-point ultimatum - ostensibly aimed at fighting extremism and terrorism - in return for an end to a nearly three-week-old diplomatic and trade "blockade" of the emirate.

But Qatar on Saturday rejected the demands as unrealistic, calling the blockade "illegal". Its ally Turkey joined in, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying on Sunday that the ultimatum was "against international law".