While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 18 edition

Brazil’s Rousseff faces fresh impeachment drive

Brazilian lawmakers relaunched impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a judge blocked her bid to bring her powerful predecessor into her Cabinet, intensifying the political crisis engulfing her.

The fresh setbacks for the 68-year-old leftist leader struck a day after fresh street protests erupted, sparked by new evidence in a state corruption scandal that pointed to connivance between Rousseff and her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Just hours after Rousseff swore in Lula, 70, as her new chief of staff on Thursday, a judge issued a ruling suspending the appointment over allegations that she was trying to protect him from corruption charges.


Paris bomber buried in Brussels

A suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Paris attacks was buried in Brussels, an AFP reporter witnessed, as police pursued two suspected Islamic extremists who escaped a deadly raid this week.

Brahim Abdeslam, 31, was the brother of Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Nov 13 carnage in the French capital which left 130 dead.

The AFP reporter said another brother, Mohamed, along with five other men carried Brahim's coffin to the grave, followed by a cortege of some 20 people, friends or relatives and watched by several journalists.


Dog lost at sea off California surfaces alive one month on

The US Navy was surprised to find a dog alive and well on an island off California a month after falling off its owner's boat.

Luna, a German shepherd with piercing blue eyes, went overboard in early February while its owner was fishing over a kilometre off San Clemente island, which is about 127km from the mainland.

Its owner asked Naval Base Coronado for help in finding the dog, but it was given up for dead after a search lasting several days.


Football: Palestinian firebomb survivor meets hero Ronaldo

A Palestinian boy who survived a firebombing by Jewish extremists that killed his parents and baby brother was greeted by Real Madrid's stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsheh has been recovering from his injuries over the past eight months.

Moved by images of the bandaged boy wearing a Real Madrid jersey, Palestinians campaigned for months on social media to persuade the team to meet Ahmed.


The Assassin makes a killing at Asian Film Awards

A movie about a highly-trained female assassin swept the Asian Film Awards in Macau, bagging prizes for best film, best actress and best director at the glittering ceremony.

The movie took home more than half of the night's prizes - eight out of 15 trophies - at one of Asia's leading film awards held in the glamorous casino town in southern China.

Set in the Tang Dynasty era in China, The Assassin is a slow-burning minimalist movie with Taiwanese megastar Shu Qi playing a skilled female assassin sent back to her home province to kill its governor, who is also the man she loves.