While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 23 edition

Brussels to stay at highest security alert, hunts 'several' suspects

Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level on Monday with schools and metros closed over a "serious and imminent" security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said.

Armed police and troops have been patrolling the near deserted streets of the tense capital all weekend after the government raised the terror alert to the highest level of four in a city of one million that is also home to the NATO and European Union headquarters.

Following a meeting of the national security council on Sunday, Premier Charles Michel said the shutdown of the metro system would be extended and all schools would be closed over concerns that extremists were planning a repeat of the Paris gun and suicide bombing attacks that claimed 130 lives on Nov 13.


Paris attacks: French police release photo of third stadium suicide bomber

French police on Sunday released a photo of the third of three suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside France's national stadium during the Nov 13 Paris attacks.

Investigators had said Friday that the assailant turned up among refugees on the Greek island of Leros on Oct 3, along with another attacker whose photo has been released but who remains unidentified.

Only one of the three assailants at the Stade de France, north of Paris, has been identified so far, French national Bilal Hadfi, 20, who lived in Belgium.


Lord's Prayer Christmas ad banned in Britain's cinemas for fear of causing offence

 A pre-Christmas advert featuring solely the Lord's Prayer has been banned from Britain's biggest cinema chains for fear of causing offence, to the bewilderment Sunday of the Church of England.

The 56-second advertisement features believers from various walks of life, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, a weightlifter, a farmer, a couple getting married, refugees and a gospel choir, saying the main Christian prayer.

The Church of England (CofE) is the state church in England and the ad was cleared by the British Board of Film Classification and the Cinema Advertising Authority.


Tennis: Novak Djokovic hails 'best ever season' after routing Roger Federer in ATP Tour Finals

 Novak Djokovic hailed his historic fourth successive ATP Tour Finals title as a dream come true after the world number one finished his astonishing campaign by routing Roger Federer in Sunday's final.

Djokovic is the first player to win the season-ending event four years in a row and his 6-3, 6-4 win over Federer was the perfect way to cap a year in which he won three Grand Slam crowns and eight other titles.

After hoisting the trophy, the 28-year-old Serb admitted he sometimes has to pinch himself to realise he is actually winning the tournaments he dreamed of playing in as a child.


Final Hunger Games movie Mockingjay, Part 2 rules North American box office

 The fourth and final movie in the Hunger Games franchise - the saga that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star - ruled the North American box offices over the weekend, early results showed Sunday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 raked in US$101 million (S$142.80 million) in ticket sales in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, according to ticket sales tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Mockingjay, Part 2," however, failed to meet the income of its predecessor, "Mockingjay, Part 1," which opened at $121.9 million, according to ticket sales tracker Rentrak.