While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 30

Migrants who survived the sinking of an inflatable dinghy boat off of the coast of Libya arrive on the shore of al-Hmidiya, east of the capital Tripoli on June 29, 2018.
Migrants who survived the sinking of an inflatable dinghy boat off of the coast of Libya arrive on the shore of al-Hmidiya, east of the capital Tripoli on June 29, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Three babies dead, 100 missing in latest shipwreck off Libya

Three babies died off the coast of Libya on Friday (June 29) while 100 people remained missing in the latest Mediterranean migrant shipwreck as European leaders reached a hard-fought deal to tackle the issue.

Around 120 migrants were aboard the inflatable craft when it ran into trouble, according to survivors taken to Al-Hmidiya, east of the capital Tripoli.

Just 16 were rescued, while the missing included two babies and three children under the age of 12.

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Trump's man snubbed as UN picks new migration boss


US President Donald Trump's nominee for the top UN migration job was roundly rejected on Friday (June 29) after a candidacy that was dogged by a history of social media posts disparaging Muslims and overshadowed by Trump's policies on migrants.

Ken Isaacs, vice president of US evangelical charity Samaritan's Purse, came last in the race to lead the International Organization for Migration (IOM), behind Costa Rica's Laura Thompson and Portugal's Antonio Vitorino, the eventual winner of the contest.

"The role of the International Organization for Migration is fundamental, it's fundamental to build bridges among countries, and countries which have different levels of economic development," Vitorino, a former European Commissioner, told reporters after his election.

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Syrian girl, 8, born with no legs, finds hope in Turkey 


Earlier this month, Maya Merhi, eight, who was born with no legs due to a congenital condition, was moving around a Syrian displaced persons camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans.

But after pictures of her plight, including those taken by AFP in Syria, were seen around the world, she was brought to Istanbul for treatment. And her life should be about to change.

"Maya will walk," said Dr Mehmet Zeki Culcu, the prosthetics specialist treating her at an Istanbul clinic. "God willing, in three months time."

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World Cup: Portugal much more than just Ronaldo, says Santos


Portugal coach Fernando Santos once again stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as they prepare to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday (June 30).

When the inevitable question about Portugal's record goal-scorer Ronaldo came, the 63-year-old's face broke into a grin.

"I just got another free coffee, because I bet on this question! I get the coffee. Thank you for the question," he told a news conference.

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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Austrian practice

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes' latest upgrades were working well after leading a one-two in practice on Friday (June 29) for the Austrian Grand Prix, with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel third fastest.

The Briton, who has a 14-point lead over Vettel after eight races, lapped the Red Bull Ring with a best time of one minute 04.579 seconds in the late afternoon on the hardest tyre available.

He had also been quickest in the overcast opening session in 1 min 4.839s.

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