While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 7 edition

Former US first lady Nancy Reagan dead at 94

 Nancy Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died on Sunday at age 94, the Reagan library said.

Michael Reagan said on Twitter he was saddened by his stepmother's death. "She is once again with the man she loved,"he wrote.

Reagan became one of the most influential first ladies in United States' history during her Republican husband's presidency from 1981 to 1989.


Second possible MH370 plane part found in Reunion

A resident on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion who last year found a wing fragment from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said on Sunday (March 6) he had come across a second possible piece from the missing plane.

Johnny Begue, who found the "flaperon" part while cleaning a beach last July, told AFP he handed over the new suspected object to police immediately after finding it last Thursday.

He said he was out jogging by the sea shore when he found the object measuring about 40 by 20 centimetres, which had a blue mark on the surface and was grey underneath.


Eighteen migrants die as EU seeks Turkish help to slow influx

At least 18 people drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea on Sunday (March 6), on the eve of a key summit at which European leaders will push Turkey to accept "large-scale" deportations of economic migrants from Greece.

The International Organization for Migration said before the latest tragedy that a total of 418 people have died or gone missing already in 2016, most while attempting to reach Greece from Turkey aboard unseaworthy boats.

The European Union's 28 leaders are hoping for more cooperation from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at their talks in Brussels on Monday in order to slow the flow from Turkey to Greece, the main entry point to Europe.


'Calmest day' in Syria since ceasefire: Monitor

 Regions of Syria covered by a UN-brokered ceasefire on Sunday (March 6) enjoyed the "calmest day" since the truce started, a monitor said, as Moscow and Washington cautioned against any delay in resuming peace talks.

"Sunday was the calmest day since the ceasefire came into effect" on Feb 27, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

He said the exceptions were dozens of rockets fired by Al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group excluded from the truce, and other rebel factions at Kurdish forces in the far north of the city of Aleppo.


Football: Salomon Rondon punishes Juan Mata as Manchester United lose ground

Salomon Rondon inflicted a major blow upon Manchester United's Champions League qualification hopes and left Juan Mata ruing two moments of madness as West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 on Sunday.

The £12 million (S$23.47 million) Venezuelan international lashed home his eighth goal of the season to move West Brom to within touching distance of manager Tony Pulis's all-important 40-point mark as 10-man United's run of four successive victories came to a miserable end.

Louis van Gaal's side were left fighting an uphill battle after Mata saw red for picking up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes midway through the first half.