While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 23 edition

Brussels attacks: Police hunt suspect in bombings that killed 34; ISIS claims responsibility

A series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a city metro station on Tuesday (March 22), killing at least 34 people in the latest attacks to target Europe.

Police issued a wanted notice for a young man in a hat who was caught on CCTV pushing a laden luggage trolley at Zaventem airport alongside two others who, investigators said, had later blown themselves up in the terminal.

Security was tightened across the jittery continent and transport links paralysed after the bombings that Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel branded “blind, violent and cowardly”.


US ramps up airport security after Brussels attacks

The US Department of Homeland Security stepped up security at airports across America, where major cities went on alert on Tuesday (March 22) after deadly bombings tore through Brussels.

Secretary Jeh Johnson said additional security was being deployed at “major city airports in the United States, and at various rail and transit stations around the country” as a “precautionary measure.”

“At present, we have no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States,” he said.


No red carpet for Batman V Superman London premiere after Brussels attacks

Movie studio Warner Bros said it will go ahead with Tuesday's (March 22) London premiere of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, its new superhero movie but skip a red carpet and press interviews out of respect for the victims of the Brussels attacks.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of recent terrorist attacks, their families and the communities impacted around the world. Rather than yield to terror, we've decided to join the film's fans and move forward with the London premiere of 'Batman v. Superman' this evening," Warner Bros said in a statement.

The movie, which stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, is due to open in movie theaters around the world this weekend.


Brazil probe finds systematic Odebrecht graft, World Cup links: Prosecutors

Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday (March 22) they uncovered systematic corruption at engineering conglomerate Odebrecht, with an office that paid bribes on work for World Cup soccer stadiums and Olympics legacy projects.

Police had arrest orders for 15 people in the latest phase of a massive two-year investigation of a kickback scheme at state-run oil firm Petrobras, including Odebrecht executives and money launderers, said Police Chief Igor Romario.

Several top executives and politicians have already been imprisoned in the case, which threatens to play a role in toppling President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing impeachment proceedings for an unrelated matter involving alleged illegal mismanagement of the budget.


Russian doping scandal spreads to wrestling, sports minister prepared to quit

Russia's sports minister said on Tuesday (March 22) he was prepared to resign over a raging doping scandal in his country which could cost more Russian athletes their places at the Rio Olympics after "tens" more cases of cheating were exposed in wrestling.

Russian wrestlers may now join the country's track-and-field athletes in being barred from competing at the Games in August, after an internal Russian Wrestling Federation (WFR) investigation uncovered multiple doping cases, WFR President Mikhail Mamiashvili said.

The disclosure came a day after four Russian track-and-field athletes were exposed as having tested positive for the banned drug meldonium, further damaging Moscow's efforts to overturn a doping suspension in time for the Olympics starting in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 5.