While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 25 edition

Karadzic guilty of genocide, jailed for 40 years

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was found guilty on Thursday of genocide and sentenced to 40 years in jail over the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.

UN war crimes judges said Karadzic, the most high-profile figure convicted over the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart, bore criminal responsibility for murder and persecution during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict.

Judge O-Gon Kwon pronounced Karadzic guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and nine other charges of murder, persecution, and hostage-taking in a verdict issue more than two decades years after he was first indicted.


Israel soldier held after video shows wounded Palestinian shot in head

An Israeli soldier was caught on video on Thursday shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on the ground, with footage of the incident spreading widely online.

The video threatened to further inflame tensions amid a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence that erupted in October.

It showed the Palestinian, who along with another man had allegedly stabbed a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron, lying on the ground, apparently after being shot. The soldier then shoots him again, in the head, without provocation.


Brussels attackers were targeting nuclear plant, changed their minds: Paper

Suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Brussels were originally considering an attack on a nuclear site in Belgium, but arrests started last week may have forced them to switch to targets in the Belgian capital, the DH newspaper said.

Referring to an incident in December that prosecutors confirmed in which militants covertly filmed the home of an unidentified senior official in the nuclear industry, the paper quoted a police source as saying two of the suicide bombers, brothers Khalid and Ibrahim Bakraoui, had filmed the daily routine of the head of Belgium’s nuclear research and development programme.

The sensitive inner high-security areas of a nuclear power station would almost certainly have been beyond the reach of militants such as the Bakraouis.


Canadian radio star Jian Ghomeshi acquitted of sexual assault

A former Canadian radio star has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault during a trial in which three women accused him of beating them during sex.

The allegations against syndicated radio host Jian Ghomeshi led to one of the country's most high-profile trials, prompting a debate about how the justice system addresses sexual assault.

Judge William Horkins concluded the eight-day trial saying the plaintiffs had been "less than full and frank and forthcoming" in their statements to police, the court and media.

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Toronto court chanting, "We believe the victims!" after the verdict was issued.


Football: Dutch icon Johan Cruyff dies at 68 after battle with lung cancer

Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers of all time who dazzled with his artistry and won nearly every honour as a player and coach, died on Thursday at the age of 68 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

Tributes poured in from around the world after Cruyff’s family broke the news. Some of the sport’s legends said the Dutchman – who epitomised the all-out attack Total Football system – was the best-ever.

Cruyff “died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer”, said a statement on Cruyff’s official website. “It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”