While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 28 edition

Bomber kills at least 65, mostly women and children, in blast near swings at Lahore park

A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore on Sunday in an attack claimed by a Pakistani Taleban faction which said it had targeted Christians.

More than 300 other people were wounded, officials said.

The explosion occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park close to children's swings. The park is a popular site for members of Lahore's Christian community, many of whom had gone there to celebrate the Easter weekend holiday.


Civilian deaths drop to four-year low after Syria truce: Monitor

More than 360 civilians were killed during the first month of an unprecedented ceasefire in Syria, the lowest monthly toll for four years, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP that 174 civilians, including 41 children, had died since February 27 in areas where the ceasefire had come into force.

The truce does not include territory where jihadists like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Al-Qaeda's local affiliate are present.


Retaking of ancient city of Palmyra hailed as major victory over ISIS

The recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Sunday was hailed as a a major victory over the extremist group, and Syrian fighters breathed a sigh of relief to find many of its historic treasures had not been severely damaged.

President Bashar al-Assad hailed the victory as an "important achievement" as his Russian counterpart and key backer Vladimir Putin congratulated Damascus for retaking the UNESCO world heritage site.

An AFP correspondent inside Palmyra said monuments destroyed by the extremists - like the iconic Temple of Bel - were in pieces but that much of the ancient city was intact.


Batman V Superman pows box office, shatters records with S$233.6 million debut

Two iconic superheroes zapped the opposition as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice leapt to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend with US$170.1 million (S$233.6 million), industry estimates showed Sunday.

That mammoth haul made it the best March launch ever and the sixth-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time, the industry journal Variety said.

Starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill in the role of Superman, the characters' first big-screen pairing sets up the coming Justice League and Wonder Woman movies.


Cricket: Brilliant Kohli takes India into World T20 semis

India qualified for the World Twenty20 semifinals and knocked out Australia after Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 82 in their do-or-die showdown in Mohali on Sunday.

Kohli’s powerful 51-ball knock propelled India to a six-wicket victory, as they successfully chased down Australia’s 160-6 to keep their dreams alive of becoming the first nation to win two World T20 titles.

India, who won the inaugural tournament in 2007, now face the West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday after finishing second in the Super 10 group stage.