While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 19 edition

Fugitive from Paris attacks arrested in Brussels shootout

The most-wanted fugitive from November’s Paris attacks was arrested after a shootout with police in Brussels on Friday, Belgium’s prime minister said.

Charles Michel described the capture of 26-year-old French suspect Salah Abdeslam and four others as “a very important result in the battle for democracy”.

A family which sheltered Abdeslam was among those arrested.


EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Turkish and EU leaders agreed a “historic” deal to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, which will see all migrants arriving in Greece being sent back to Turkey from Sunday.

But leaders warned Friday it would be a “Herculean task” to implement the deal, aimed at easing the biggest migration crisis since World War II, while critics said the deal breached international law.

Turkey extracted a string of political and financial concessions from the 28-nation European Union in exchange for becoming a bulwark against asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere.


Young daughters of celebrated Ukrainian pianist found dead in Texas home

Two young daughters of Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko were found murdered inside their home in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb, and his estranged wife sustained multiple stab wounds in the incident, local police said on Friday.

Police in Benbrook said Kholodenko, 29, is not considered a suspect in the deaths of his daughters, Nika, five, and Michela, one, who were discovered in their bedrooms early on Thursday.

Their mother, 31-year-old Sofya Tsygankova, underwent surgery at a local hospital, police said. She will be held for mental evaluation once she recovers from her physical injuries, police Commander David Babcock said.


Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien injured on set, production shut down

Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien was injured on the set of the latest movie in the young adult franchise, and production on the film has been shut down while he recovers, movie studio 20th Century Fox said on Friday.

O'Brien, 24, was taken to a hospital in Vancouver, Canada for observation and treatment, Fox said in a statement.

Hollywood trade publication Variety and celebrity website TMZ said O'Brien was hit by a car and suffered multiple injuries on the Vancouver set of the upcoming Maze Runner: The Death Cure.


Olympics: Syrian teen refugee sets sights on Rio

Yusra Mardini was swimming for her life, and those of more than a dozen refugees packed into a rubber boat bound for Greece just six months ago.

Now an asylum seeker in Germany, the 18-year-old Syrian is setting her sights on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to compete under the banner of Team Refugees.

Mardini is among 43 athletes chosen by the International Olympics Committee to potentially form a multinational team of refugees in Rio.