While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 16 edition

One dead in Brussels shootout linked to Paris attacks

Police shot dead one suspect on Tuesday during a major Belgian-French anti-terror operation in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks, after gunmen opened fire and wounded four officers.

The dead person had not been identified but prosecutors said it was not Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November Paris massacre which killed 130 people, and who fled to Brussels after the attacks. The dead suspect was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Armed police came under fire as they carried out a search on a property in the Forest suburb in the south of the Belgian capital, sparking a series of gun battles, prosecutors said.


Brazil’s ex-President Lula accepts Cabinet post – source

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has decided to accept a position in President Dilma Rousseff’s Cabinet, a presidency source said on Tuesday, a move that would offer some protection from an investigation into money-laundering.

The source, who asked not to be identified so he could speak freely, said it was likely that Lula, an able negotiator, would take charge of legislative affairs, where he could leverage close ties to congressmen from the ruling Workers Party.

Lula’s appointment as minister was seen by government critics as a last-ditch attempt by the unpopular Rousseff, who is struggling with an economic recession and impeachment proceedings in Congress, to hold together her divided coalition government.


Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war's 5th anniversary

Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday met Syrian refugee families living in squalid conditions in Lebanon, on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian war.

"We should never forget that for all the focus on the refugee situation in Europe at this time, the greatest pressure is still being felt in the Middle East and North Africa, as it has for each of the last five years," she said.

Jolie met Khulud, a 38-year-old mother of four now living in a tent in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, who was left paralysed three years ago by a sniper in Syria, according to the UN refugee agency.


Palestinian child survivor of firebombing to meet Real Madrid stars

A Palestinian boy who survived a firebombing by Jewish extremists that killed his parents and brother will travel on Tuesday to meet Real Madrid stars including his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

Five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, his uncle and his grandparents were to fly from the Jordanian capital Amman to Spain, his grandfather said.

“We have been invited by Real Madrid, but we don’t know yet which day we will be able to meet the players,” Hussein Dawabsha told AFP.


Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford return for new Indiana Jones film

Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg are teaming up to make a fifth Indiana Jones action-adventure movie, due for release in July 2019, Walt Disney said on Tuesday.

Ford, 73, will reprise his role as the Fedora-clad archaeologist and adventurer who first appeared in 1981’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” Disney chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.