While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 19 edition

Tearful reunion after Chibok girl rescued

Binta Ali hadn’t seen her daughter Amina since she was abducted with more than 200 classmates from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, north-east Nigeria, more than two years ago.

Amina and her brother Mai were Binta’s only living children. The other 11 had died.

Binta’s prayers were answered when Amina was found by soldiers and civilian vigilantes.


Russia, Indonesia sign deal on cooperation in defence sector

The presidents of Russia and Indonesia signed an agreement on cooperation in the defence sector at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, as Moscow seeks to cement its ties with Asian powerhouses amid Western sanctions.

Full details of the deal, signed by Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, were not immediately available.

“We have agreed to widen contacts between defence ministries and security agencies,” Putin said at joint briefing with Widodo.


Blue diamond soars to world record $80 million

The "Oppenheimer Blue", a large and rare diamond, sold for 56.837 million Swiss francs (S$79.5 million) at auction, setting a world record for any gem after a dramatic see-saw bidding process, Christie's in Geneva said.

"It's the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction," Christie's spokeswoman Alexandra Kindermann told Reuters.

The packed Geneva saleroom broke into applause as Rahul Kadakia, Christie's International Head of Jewellery, brought down the hammer after two phone bidders ended a 20-minute battle. The buyer's identity was not immediately known.


Football: Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 to retain Europa League title

Sevilla survived a first-half battering before hitting back with three second-half goals, two from Coke, to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final and win the trophy for the third season in a row.

Liverpool dominated the early stages and went ahead through an exquisite goal by England striker Daniel Sturridge, who nonchalantly curled an inswinging shot inside the far post with the outside of his left foot.

Sevilla clung on until halftime and hit back dramatically when Kevin Gameiro turned in Mariano Perreira's cross less than one minute after the re-start.


Football: Chinese investor Tony Xia buys Aston Villa for reported $120 million

Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Xia Jiantong, the Championship club announced, in a deal worth a reported US$86 million (S$120 million).

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that has not stopped Dr Xia making his move.

US-based owner Randy Lerner had been trying to sell Villa for two years and has finally found a buyer after significantly lowering his asking price to a reported £60 million (S$120 million).