While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 27 edition

Brussels airport says bombed building 'stable,' looking at temporary check-in desks

Brussels Airport said on Saturday that an examination of the main building housing the departure hall wrecked by two suicide bombers showed the structure is stable and it will now see if temporary check-in desks can be installed.

In a separate earlier statement, Brussels Airport said it did not expect to be able to reopen before Tuesday, with a partial resumption of passenger services, as it repaired the damage and put in place new security measures.

"A team of engineers, technicians and independent external experts have carried out a first analysis of the damage caused by the explosions (Tuesday, March 22)... after detectives released the terminal yesterday afternoon when they had concluded their investigations," it said in a statement.


Donald Trump may halt US oil purchases from Saudi Arabia - NYT

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told the New York Times he would consider stopping US oil purchases from Saudi Arabia unless the Saudi government provides troops to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

Trump's comment on Friday was included in a lengthy foreign policy interview published by the newspaper on Saturday and came in response to a question about whether, if elected president, he would halt oil purchases from US allies unless they provided on-the-ground forces against ISIS.

"The answer is, probably yes," Trump said, according to a transcript.


Vienna-London flight halted as passenger raises ISIS alarm

An EasyJet flight from Vienna to London was halted just before takeoff on Saturday because a passenger believed the man sitting next to her might be an Islamic extremist, authorities said.

"The woman believed that she saw messages related to IS (Islamic State) on the man's mobile phone," Austrian interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP.

The woman alerted cabin crew, security staff were called, the takeoff was cancelled and all passengers and all their luggage were taken off the plane for checks.


Tennis: Unwell Nadal makes first-round exit at Miami

Ailing Rafael Nadal, struggling to cope with heat and humidity, retired from his second-round match on Saturday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open, handing 94th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur a 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 triumph.

Two-time Grand Slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova also crashed out of the hardcourt event, but it was 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal’s exit that proved most stunning of all.

The Spanish fifth seed, a four-time Miami finalist but never a champion, was also a first-match loser at the Australian Open, only the second Grand Slam opener defeat of his career.


Rolling Stones rock Cuba ready for 'change'

Cubans had never seen the Rolling Stones before and after Mick Jagger rocked them in their hundreds of thousands in Havana, they and their communist island were unlikely ever to be quite the same again.

The massive crowd flowed across the Cuban capital's Ciudad Deportiva, a sports complex with a capacity of 450,000, the human tide spilling beyond into the streets. Fans even stood thick on neighbouring rooftops to get a glimpse of history.

When fans raised their phones and cameras to get snapshots of Jagger strutting across the giant stage, the flashes looked like a new galaxy.”