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

Canada officials start to get a handle on largest wildfire

Canadian officials on Sunday showed some optimism for the first time that they were beginning to get on top of the country's biggest wildfire, as cooler weather and light rain stopped the blaze from growing as much as feared and winds took the flames away from oil sands boomtown Fort McMurray.

"It definitely is a positive point for us, for sure," said Alberta fire official Chad Morrison in a news briefing, when asked if the fight to contain the flames had a reached a turning point. "We're obviously very happy that we've held the fire better than expected," said Morrison.

"This is great firefighting weather, we can really get in here and get a handle on this fire, and really get a death grip on it."


Police fire tear gas, as thousands protest in Greece ahead of reform vote

Greek riot police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who threw Molotov cocktails during an anti-austerity protest outside parliament in Athens, as lawmakers prepared to vote on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul.

Greek television showed police firing volleys of tear gas in response to projectiles lobbed by masked youths during the demonstration, which attracted around 10,000 people angered by the latest measures demanded by Greece's creditors.

The tensions come as Greece is in the grip of the third day of a general strike that has paralysed public transport across the country.


Egyptologists differ on existence of 'hidden chambers' in Tut tomb

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.

Anani spoke to archaeologists and reporters at a conference in Cairo dedicated to King Tutankhamun and his world-famous golden funerary mask.

The mood at Sunday's conference was sceptical months after former minister Mamduh Damati said the secret chambers probably existed, raising expectations of another historical find.


Tennis: Record-breaking Novak Djokovic wins Madrid Masters

Novak Djokovic claimed a record 29th Masters title when he defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Madrid crown for a second time.

The world number one captured his fifth trophy of 2016 as he defeated defending champion Murray for the 12th time in their last last 13 matches to stand at an overwhelming 23-9 in their career head-to-head.

Djokovic has defeated the world number two Scot in all four of their clay-court meetings as he added the 2016 Madrid trophy to the title he earned five years ago in the Spanish capital.


Heavy metal's first couple Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne to split: reports

Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, one of the enduring couples in the hard-living world of heavy metal, have split, reports said Sunday.

Celebrity news outlets E! News and Entertainment Tonight quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Osbournes were ending their marriage of more than 33 years.

However, People magazine reported that, while the 67-year-old singer was moving out of their Los Angeles-area mansion, the separation may be temporary.