While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 9 edition

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks as Japan's UN ambassador Koro Bessho (left) and South Korea's UN ambassador Cho Tae-yul look on, March 8, 2017.
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks as Japan's UN ambassador Koro Bessho (left) and South Korea's UN ambassador Cho Tae-yul look on, March 8, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

US says 'all options on table' to deal with North Korea

The United States said “all options are on the table” to deal with North Korea and dismissed China’s suggestion of a “dual suspension” of US and South Korea military drills and Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests.

“We are not dealing with a rational person,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the United Nations Security Council discussed North Korea’s launch of four ballistic missiles on Monday.

“It is an unbelievable, irresponsible arrogance that we are seeing coming out of Kim Jong Un at this time,” Haley said.

She said the administration of US President Donald Trump was reevaluating how it would handle North Korea and that “all options were on the table,” adding: “We are making those decisions now and we will act accordingly.”


Fire at Guatemala shelter kills 19 girls, police blame arson after riot

A fire that killed 19 girls at a home for abused teens in Guatemala started when some residents set mattresses ablaze, police said, after an overnight riot and attempt to escape from the overcrowded government-run centre.

A crowd of relatives, some wailing with grief, gathered outside the Virgen de Asuncion home for children up to 18 years old, in semi-rural suburb San Jose Pinula, some 25km south-west of the capital Guatemala City.

Nery Ramos, the head of Guatemala’s national police, said at the scene that 19 people, all girls, were confirmed dead. Local hospitals reported at least 40 others being treated for burns.


Body parts found after man confesses to killing four relatives in France

Investigators found body parts at the home in north-west France of the man who has confessed to killing four relatives with a crowbar, the prosecutor in the case said.

Hubert Caouissin was let out of custody to accompany the investigators to his farm in a remote part of Brittany and is cooperating in the gruesome search, Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes said in an email.

Caouissin, 46, had told investigators that he cut up the bodies of his brother-in-law and his family at his farm in the hamlet of Logonna-Quimerc’h. He said he burned some of the body parts and buried others after killing Pascal Troadec and his wife Brigitte, both 49, and their two children, Charlotte, 18, and Sebastien, 21, in a rage over an inheritance dispute.


Down syndrome woman to present weather on French TV

A Frenchwoman with Down syndrome will realise a "dream" by presenting the prime time weather bulletin on French television next week, an advocacy group for the disabled said.

Melanie Segard, 21, will begin training for the broadcast next Tuesday at the studios of public television station France 2, UNAPEI said in a statement.

Segard has scored more than 200,000 "likes" on Facebook in less than two weeks since the association launched a public awareness campaign for Down syndrome entitled "Melanie Can Do It".


Football: Mourinho slams state of Rostov pitch for Europa League tie

Coach Jose Mourinho slammed the state of the Rostov pitch ahead of Manchester United's Europa League tie in Russia, questioning whether the game should go ahead.

"It's still hard for me to believe that we are going to play," Mourinho said at a press conference in Rostov ahead of Thursday's last 16, first leg. "I know that we have to, but it is hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field - if you can call it a field."

He said he spoke of the risks of playing on the surface to a Uefa official and was rebuffed.