While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 1 edition

Shock, denial at Russia airport after plane crashes in Egypt

Irina Semyonova said her friend Natasha last called her from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to say she'd bought her a present of perfume from the airport's duty-free shop.

"She was vacationing there with a friend," Semyonova said blankly, showing a picture on her phone of a smiling swimsuit-clad young woman, her blonde hair in a long plait.

Semyonova was one of a crowd of people gathered in Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, who were left reeling after news broke that the plane they had been waiting for had crashed shortly after takeoff in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.


Israel denies link to 'tear gas death' of Palestinian baby

Israel's military rejected on Saturday any link between its use of tear gas during West Bank clashes and the death of an eight-month-old boy, after the Palestinian health ministry said he was asphyxiated.

On Friday, the Palestinian ministry said Ramadan Thawabteh was asphyxiated in his Bethlehem home by tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers.


Rugby: Carter kicks All Blacks to historic World Cup win

Dan Carter bowed out as king of rugby on Saturday when he kicked the All Blacks to a historic 34-17 World Cup victory over Australia at Twickenham.

Carter kicked a decisive 19 points in his final match for New Zealand as they became the first team to retain the World Cup and the first to win three titles.

When the Wallabies had closed to within three points of the All Blacks in the second half, Carter struck with a monstrous drop goal and a 50m penalty to decide the game.


Formula One: ‘Angry’ Rosberg takes pole in Mexico

Nico Rosberg will start on pole in Sunday’s Mexcian Grand Prix after outpacing his Mercedes team-mate and newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Saturday.

Six days after their wheel-banging duel in Texas, where Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix to clinch the title, Rosberg secured his fourth consecutive pole by 0.188sec as Mercedes claimed their 13th front row lockout this year.

It was the 20th pole of Rosberg’s career and continued to leave Hamilton frustrated as the Englishman seeks his 50th pole position. Hamilton has not started from pole since the Italian Grand Prix in early September.


Football: Coutinho gives Mourinho a Halloween horror show

Philippe Coutinho struck twice as Liverpool won 3-1 at Chelsea on Saturday to ratchet up the pressure yet further on the Premier League champions' beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho.

Ramires put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute at Stamford Bridge, but Coutinho equalised in first-half stoppage time and put Liverpool ahead with a deflected shot in the 74th minute before substitute Christian Benteke rubber-stamped Chelsea's sixth defeat in 11 league games.

While visiting manager Jurgen Klopp was left to celebrate his first league win - Liverpool's first on the road since the season's opening weekend - it was a Halloween nightmare for Mourinho, whose job is thought to be on the line after a run of just one win in eight matches in all competitions.