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

London attacks: British PM Theresa May says attack 'sick and depraved' after at least 4 dead, 20 injured

Four people, including the attacker and a police officer, died in Wednesday’s (March 22) terrorism incident at the British parliament, police said.

“Four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker who was shot by a police firearms officer,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley told reporters.

Reuters reported that the other two victims were among the pedestrians hit by the car as it tore along Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.

“We’ve declared this as a terrorist incident and the counter-terrorism command are carrying out a full-scale investigation into the events today,” Mark told reporters.


London attacks: Singaporeans say they will avoid Westminster area

Singaporeans in London said they still feel safe, but will avoid the Westminster area following an attack there on Wednesday (March 22) that left at least two people dead.

Mr Jaron Soh, 24, a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that he found out about the attacks around 3pm London time, almost immediately after the incident happened.

"Initially, I did not think much about it, and I wanted to dismiss it as a small isolated incident. The authorities were not calling it a terrorist attack then. It has since escalated. So I guess I'm a little shocked and in denial because despite how close it is - it feels quite far away."


Seven hurt as Milan-Basel train derails

Seven people were injured Wednesday (March 22) when a train travelling from the Italian city of Milan to Basel in Switzerland derailed near the central Swiss city of Lucerne, police and railway officials said.

The Eurocity train, which was carrying 160 passengers and was operated by Trenitalia, had just left the station when a carriage overturned and fell across the track near the central Swiss city of Lucerne.

“Five of the injured have been taken to hospital,” a Lucerne police spokesman said.


Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers

Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration on Wednesday (March 22) at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

From Saturday (March 25), passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets.

The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices.


South Korea raises sunken Sewol ferry: Yonhap

Salvage operators raised South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry early Thursday (March 23), nearly three years after the ship sank killing more than 300 people, Yonhap news agency reported.

"As of 3.45 am (2.45am Thursday), part of the Sewol's structure, which is believed to be its stabiliser, can be seen above the water with the naked eye," an official from the Oceans and Fisheries Ministry was quoted as saying by Yonhap.

If the entire ferry can be raised, two salvage barges will move the hull onto a semisubmersible ship, which will carry it to the port of Mokpo, he explained.