While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 20 edition

Salah Abdeslam tells police he 'wanted to blow himself up' at Paris stadium

Captured fugitive Salah Abdeslam initially planned to blow himself up outside the Stade de France during the Paris attacks but changed his mind, a prosecutor said Saturday, after Europe’s most wanted man was charged with “terrorist murder” for his role in the November assaults.

Abdeslam, who was caught after being shot in the leg in a dramatic police raid on Friday, was also charged in Brussels with participating in a terrorist group. He was then taken to a maximum security prison in the northwestern tourist city of Bruges.

Abdeslam is cooperating with the authorities but he will fight his extradition to France, his lawyer Sven Mary (above) said.


Anti-Trump protesters shut down road to Arizona campaign rally

Anti-Donald Trump protesters blocked a major thoroughfare Saturday in Arizona in an attempt to prevent supporters of the Republican presidential frontrunner reaching a rally he was due to hold.

It was just the latest attempt by opponents of the bombastic billionaire to disrupt his campaign for the White House, with demonstrations and violence breaking out at several Trump events in the past week.

Police were threatening to make arrests to break up the estimated 50 protesters – who held a banner across the width of Shea Boulevard with the words “Dump Trump” – as long lines of traffic backed up in Fountain Hills, on the outskirts of Phoenix.


Prince Harry hopes to draw focus to quake-hit Nepal with visit

Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Nepal on Saturday (March 19) for a five-day visit and said he hopes to "shine a spotlight" on resilience of Nepali people recovering from last year's devastating quake.

"I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resilience of the Nepali people," Prince Harry said in his address at a reception held by Nepal's government to welcome him on Saturday evening.

"I want to show all those people around the world who want to help that this is a country open for business - so please come and visit again," he said.


Football: Runaway leaders Leicester must keep calm, says Ranieri, after another win

Leicester City must keep calm and carry on, manager Claudio Ranieri said on Saturday after a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace put them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with seven games to play.

"We have been working so well and so hard during the season, we have to carry on and to be calm and enjoy it and be focused as well," Ranieri told the BBC.

After the final whistle, Leicester fans, increasingly scenting a first top-flight title for their unheralded club, stayed in the stadium for 15 minutes singing: "We're going to win the league", until persuaded to leave by the announcer.


Athletics: Rojas leaps to triple jump gold

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas cruised to victory in the women's triple jump at the World Indoor Athletics championships on Saturday.

The 20-year-old rising star of the discipline fouled on five of her six jumps but registered 14.41m on her second attempt at the Oregon Convention Centre.

That effort was good enough to assure Rojas of gold with no other competitor threatening her mark.