While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 14 edition

Car bombing kills 34, injures 125 in central Ankara

A car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara on Sunday (March 13), killing 34 people and wounding 125, Turkey’s health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said, the latest in a spate of attacks to hit Turkey.

“Thirty people were killed on the spot and four others died in hospital,” Muezzinoglu said after a meeting of ministers and security officials in the wake of the blast.

Ambulances rushed to the scene on Kizilay square, a key commercial and transport hub close to the city’s embassy area, where the blast reduced several vehicles including a bus to burnt-out wrecks.


Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack as death toll rises to 16 at Ivory Coast beach resort

Heavily-armed men gunned down 16 people at an Ivory Coast resort Sunday (March 13) in an attack claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, leaving bodies strewn on the beach as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in West Africa.

A witness in the resort town of Grand-Bassam told AFP they heard one of the assailants shouting "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is greatest".

Fourteen civilians and two special forces troops were killed in the shooting spree targeting three hotels, Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara said.


Doctor urged Germanwings pilot to seek help in psychiatric hospital before crash

A private doctor recommended that the German pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps last year should be treated in a psychiatric hospital two weeks before the disaster, French investigators said on Sunday (March 13).

Prosecutors believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of severe depression, barricaded himself into the cockpit and deliberately propelled his Airbus jet into a mountainside on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board.

France's Aviation Investigation and Analysis Office (BEA) air accident investigation office said in its final report that Lubitz had begun to show symptoms that could be consistent with a psychotic depressive episode in December 2014 and consulted several doctors over the following months, none of whom alerted aviation authorities or his employer.


Football: Watford stun holders Arsenal in FA Cup

Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura struck as Watford ended Arsenal's two-year reign as FA Cup holders with a brilliant 2-1 quarter-final victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (March 13).

Ighalo put Watford ahead in the 50th minute before Troy Deeney teed up Algeria winger Guedioura to slam a right-foot screamer into the top-right corner, with Danny Welbeck's 88th-minute reply coming too late.

Triumphant in the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were beaten in the competition for the first time since a 1-0 fifth-round defeat by Blackburn Rovers in February 2013.


Badminton: Lin Dan sweeps sixth E title; Japan's Okuhara wins women's title

China's Lin Dan swept to his sixth All-England Championships title on Sunday (March 13) and then insisted he was good enough to win a third Olympic men's singles gold medal at Rio 2016.

Nozomi Okuhara celebrated her 21st birthday by prevailing in a brutal 99-minute women's final to win Japan's first singles title since 1977.

Lin produced his best performance of the week as he outclassed Tian Houwei 21-9 21-10 in an all-Chinese final to join Ireland's Frank Devlin, Denmark's Erland Kops and Indonesia's Rudy Hartono with six or more All-England titles.