While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 16 edition

At least one person shot at Oklahoma City airport, flights halted

At least one person was shot at Oklahoma City’s main airport on Tuesday (Nov 15), prompting flights to be halted and a shelter in place order put in effect, with police saying there may also be another shooting victim in the incident.

The shots were fired in a parking lot at Will Rogers World Airport and no information was available about the condition of the known victim or what prompted the shooting, Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama told reporters.

“We have located one victim and we are looking for a second reported victim,” he said.

What appeared to be about a dozen police officers armed with rifles were seen patrolling on the roof of an airport parking garage on a live video feed from TV broadcaster KOCO.


Obama warns of risks from 'crude' nationalism

President Barack Obama on Tuesday (Nov 15) issued a warning against “crude” nationalism following Donald Trump’s shock election win as he visited Europe on a mission to reassure jittery allies.

Obama, making his last foreign trip as president, said the Nato alliance was “absolutely vital” to US interests and stressed a strong, unified Europe was good for America, after Trump, on the campaign trail, appeared to play down the importance of transatlantic ties.

After a year of populist shocks, from Britain’s vote to leave the EU to Trump’s surprise victory last week and the rise of anti-migrant movements in Europe, Obama cautioned against succumbing to divisive instincts.


US House Republicans keep Paul Ryan as Speaker

Republican members of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov 15) unanimously chose Paul Ryan to keep his job as Speaker, following the party’s victory at the polls last week, the House GOP conference announced.

“It is a tremendous honour to be nominated by my colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House. Now it’s time to go big,” Ryan, a 46-year-old lawmaker from Wisconsin, tweeted after the closed-doors vote at the Capitol.

Democrats and Republicans will formally vote to elect the chamber’s speaker after newly-elected lawmakers take up their seats on Jan 3.


Swimmers worth their salt cross shrinking Dead Sea

A group of swimmers braved the sting of extremely salty waters to cross the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel on Tuesday (Nov 15), a seven-hour challenge that organisers described as a first.

The swim organised by the EcoPeace charity was aimed at raising awareness for the iconic water body which has been receding by roughly a metre each year.

The 26 extreme swimmers from across the world, equipped with special masks due to the water's high salinity, took seven hours to make the crossing, organisers said.


Experts squabble over whether 'lost' Van Gogh notebook is real

The discovery of 65 previously unknown drawings by Vincent Van Gogh - which had been hailed as one of the biggest art world finds in years - set off a bitter row about their authenticity on Tuesday (Nov 15), with Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum dismissing them as fakes.

In a damning statement, its experts claimed the contents of the "so-called lost sketchbook" were imitations and "could not be attributed to Vincent Van Gogh".

But the experts behind the discovery told AFP that the Van Gogh museum was wrong, "and it was not the first time Van Gogh museum has got it wrong".