While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 13 edition

Medics carry a man who was injured in a bomb blast that killed 43 people at a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan.
Medics carry a man who was injured in a bomb blast that killed 43 people at a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan.PHOTO: EPA

Blast claimed by ISIS at Pakistan shrine kills 52, wounds scores

An explosion claimed by militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ripped through a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 52 people and wounding scores, officials said.

The blast at the Shah Noorani shrine occurred while hundreds of people were inside, local district commissioner Hashim Ghalzai told Reuters.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said 52 people were killed and that more than 105, including many women and children, were wounded.

“Every day, around sunset, there is a dhamaal (ritual dance) here, and there are large numbers of people who come for this,” said Nawaz Ali, the shrine’s custodian.


Protests spread as Donald Trump tones down rhetoric

Thousands of Americans descended on Trump Tower in a fourth day of protests against Donald Trump as the president-elect – huddled inside his Manhattan residence with advisers – kept the world guessing about his next moves.

The Republican billionaire has sought to strike a conciliatory tone since his election sent a shockwave around the world, announcing on Friday he no longer intended to completely scrap Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, Obamacare.

“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans. We will unite and we will win, win, win!” he tweeted Saturday, as more than 3,500 people marched toward Trump Tower amid cries of “Trump is NOT my president” and “New York hates you.”


Hillary Clinton blames FBI director James Comey for her defeat in call with donors

Hillary Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey for her stunning defeat in Tuesday’s presidential election in a conference call with her top campaign funders, according to two participants who were on the call.

She said Comey was at fault for her loss after he decided to send a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether she mishandled classified information when she used a private e-mail server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012.

Clinton told her supporters on Saturday that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Comey proved to be a turning point.


Sting reopens Bataclan one year after Paris attacks

Rock star Sting reopened the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where Islamic militants massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France’s bloodiest terror attacks.

“We will not forget them,” the British singer told the crowd in French after a minute’s silence for the 130 people who lost their lives in a night of gun and bomb attacks across Paris on Nov 13, 2015.

“Tonight we have two tasks to achieve: first to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and then to celebrate life and music in this historic place.”


Formula One: Lewis Hamilton edges Nico Rosberg for Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton enhanced his hopes of taking the title fight down to the wire when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg to grab pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion clocked a best lap in one minute and 10.736 seconds to beat the 31-year-old German by 0.102 seconds as the pair duelled in the final seconds of a tense qualifying session.

It was the 31-year-old Briton’s 11th pole of the season and the 60th of his career, as well as a record 19th of the season for Mercedes.