While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 13 edition

An Iraqi soldier walks past a mural bearing the logo of ISIS  in a tunnel that was used by the terror group near Mosul.
An Iraqi soldier walks past a mural bearing the logo of ISIS in a tunnel that was used by the terror group near Mosul. PHOTO: AFP

ISIS fighters 'trapped' in Mosul after last road cut

Iraqi forces battling to retake Mosul have cut the last road out of the city, trapping Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters inside, the US envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition said on Sunday (Mar 12, 2017).

ISIS "is trapped. Just last night, the 9th Iraqi army division, up near Badush, just northwest of Mosul, cut off the last road out of Mosul," Brett McGurk told journalists in Baghdad.

"Any of the fighters who are left in Mosul, they're going to die there, because they're trapped. So we are very committed to not just defeating them in Mosul, but making sure these guys cannot escape," he said.


Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum 

It was once home to priceless archaeological treasures, but these days you get into Mosul museum in Iraq's second city via a gaping hole in the basement.

In the darkness lies a pile of rubble - all that remains of two ancient Assyrian statues of winged bulls, smashed to pieces by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Iraqi forces announced that they retook the building from ISIS on Tuesday as they pushed into west Mosul as part of a vast offensive to oust the extremists from the northern city.


Badminton: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei wins fourth All England title

Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's veteran world number one, captured the All-England Open on Sunday with a trampling 21-12, 21-10 win over China's unseeded Shi Yuqi.

It was Lee's fourth All-England title, which equals the achievement of Morten Frost, the Dane who is his coaching director in Kuala Lumpur.

His tally is more than any singles player of the Open era except Lin Dan, the Chinese genius who is the only opponent consistently to get the better of him.


Football: Can seals comeback win to maintain Liverpool's top four push

Liverpool kept their push for a top-four finish on course as Emre Can thundered home a second-half winner to complete a hard earned 2-1 Premier League comeback win over Burnley at a relieved Anfield on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp's side were again out of sorts but earned their first back-to-back league wins this year to keep up the pressure on the league's leading trio.

While nowhere near their scintillating best, typifying their uneven form of 2017, they displayed character to strike back after going behind to an Ashley Barnes goal after seven minutes.


Kong returns as king of North American box office

In the box office battle of the beasts, King Kong easily conquered Wolverine.

Kong: Skull Island, the latest in a series of films starring the legendary great ape, beat Logan to top the North American box office in its debut weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The film starring Britain's Tom Hiddleston, Oscar winner Brie Larson and the ubiquitous Samuel L Jackson tells the story of a group of explorers on a mysterious island that happens to be Kong's domain.