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

US President Donald Trump issues new travel ban, exempts Iraqis

 US President Donald Trump signed a revised ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations on Monday (Mar 6, 2017), scaling back the order to exempt Iraqis and permanent US residents.

With his first attempt frozen by federal courts, Trump signed a second order halting new visas for Syrians, Iranians, Libyans, Somalis, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens.

The White House said Trump - who is embroiled in controversy over his aides' links to Russia - signed the order behind closed doors Monday morning.


Polluted environments kill 1.7 million kids under 5 every year, says WHO

More than one in four deaths in children under five are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organisation (WHO) reports published Monday (Mar 6, 2017).

Each year, environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water and poor sanitation kill around 1.7 million children between the ages of one month and five years, the reports found.

Harmful exposure can start in the mother's womb, increasing the risk of premature birth, which can lead to life-long health problems.


France's embattled candidate Francois Fillon wins 'unanimous' party backing

 France's embattled presidential hopeful Francois Fillon on Monday (Mar 6, 2017) won "unanimous" support from his Republicans party, putting him firmly back in the driver's seat after veteran conservative Alain Juppe rejected calls to stand in his place.

"The political committee, after a wide-ranging exchange, unanimously renewed its support for Francois Fillon," Senate speaker Gerard Larcher told reporters after around 20 party seniors met to "evaluate" the crisis sparked by the fake jobs scandal clouding Fillon's campaign.

Fillon, 63, had told the meeting that Juppe's definitive decision not to run "confirmed that there isn't a plan B" to his candidacy, according to a text of his remarks.


Arctic sea ice may vanish even if world achieves climate goal, study reveals

Arctic sea ice may vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 nations in 2015, scientists said on Monday.

Arctic sea ice has been shrinking steadily in recent decades, damaging the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and wildlife such as polar bears while opening the region to more shipping and oil and gas exploration.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, governments set a goal of limiting the rise in average world temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, with an aspiration of just 1.5C.


Football: Chelsea hang on to win 2-1 after late West Ham goal to restore 10 point EPL lead

Eden Hazard's dazzling goal inspired Chelsea to a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Monday as Antonio Conte's side restored their 10-point advantage in the Premier League.

Hazard finished off a lightning counter-attack in the 25th minute and Diego Costa's 49th league goal for Chelsea rubber-stamped victory before Manuel Lanzini belatedly replied in stoppage time.

With Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City having won at the weekend, this was a test of Chelsea's nerve, but their assured display suggested there will be few bumps on the road to the title.