While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 21 edition

US President Barack Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit to Cuba

 US President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday (March 20) on a historic visit, opening a new chapter in US engagement with the island’s Communist government after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes. 

Obama landed at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport aboard Air Force One, the presidential jet with “United States of America” emblazoned across its fuselage, a sight almost unimaginable before the detente of December 2014. 

The three-day trip, the first by a US president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014, ending a Cold War-era estrangement that began when the Cuban revolution ousted a pro-American government in 1959. 


Myanmar's Suu Kyi to control govt as party head: Party spokesman

Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will steer the incoming government of her National League for Democracy (NLD), staying on as party head, and is unlikely to take a formal position in the government, the party said on Sunday (March 20).

Myanmar's parliament last week elected Htin Kyaw, a close friend and confidant of the Nobel peace prize laureate, as president, making him the first head of state since the 1960s who does not hail from a military background.

Suu Kyi led the NLD to a historic landslide election win in November, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the top office because her two children and her late husband do not have Myanmar citizenship.


Bus carrying foreign students crashes in Spain, killing 13

Thirteen students of various nationalities were killed and dozens more injured in Spain on Sunday (March 20) when a bus carrying them back from a popular traditional festival crashed into an incoming car.

The students, who were on a European exchange programme in the northeastern region of Catalonia, came from several countries including Britain, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden but also Japan and Peru.

Authorities were still determining whether Finnish and New Zealander students were also on board, the regional government said in its latest statement, and it was unclear whether Spanish nationals were among the passengers.


Football: Marcus Rashford ends Manchester City bid as Manchester United rise again

Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford struck again as Manchester United won 1-0 at Manchester City on Sunday to rekindle their top-four challenge and fatally compromise their derby rivals' Premier League title hopes.

Rashford embarrassed hapless City defender Martin Demichelis to score the game's only goal in the 16th minute, taking his tally to five goals in eight first-team appearances and making him the youngest ever Manchester derby goalscorer at the age of 18 years and 141 days.

Victory took Louis van Gaal's side to within a point of fourth-place City, stemming a damaging run of four games without victory and creating hope that United may yet finish a testing season by claiming a Champions League berth.


Football: Valencia fans urge "donkey" Neville to go

England coach Gary Neville was met with chants of "donkey" and "Gary go now" as his Valencia side slumped to a third consecutive La Liga defeat at home to Celta Vigo, 2-0 on Sunday (March 20).

Neville has now won just three of 16 league games in charge to leave Valencia just six points above the relegation zone in 14th with eight games to go.

However, Los Che could yet be dragged into a relegation battle as they are still to face four of the top six in Barcelona, Real Madrid, Villarreal and Sevilla.