While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 29 edition

Protesters push leaders to avert climate catastrophe

Masses of people joined a worldwide wave of marches on Saturday demanding leaders craft a pact to avert a climate catastrophe when they gather in a still-shaken Paris.

From Australia to New Zealand, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Japan, people rallied at the start of a weekend of popular protests pleading for world powers to overcome the logjams when the UN climate summit officially opens in the French capital on Monday.

If world leaders fail, scientists warn of a world that will be increasingly inhospitable to human life, with superstorms, drought and rising sea levels that swamp vast areas of land.


Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing

Moscow on Saturday slapped economic sanctions on Turkey in the latest tit-for-tat move over the downing of a Russian warplane, as Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was “saddened” by the jet incident.

With the row showing no sign of abating, the Kremlin released the text of a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that announced an end to charter flights between the two countries, a ban on Russian businesses hiring any new Turkish nationals and import restrictions on certain Turkish goods.

It also asked Russian tour operators to refrain from selling trips to Turkey, normally a top holiday destination for Russian tourists.


Arabic graffiti found on easyJet, Vueling planes in France

French police and airport authorities said on Saturday that graffiti, much of it in Arabic, had been found sprayed on four aircraft belonging to British carrier easyJet and a plane from Spanish airline Vueling at two airports.

Three of the jets had been defaced at Lyon airport in eastern France with two others sprayed at the Paris hub of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, police said.

A police source added authorities believed the graffiti had been painted on prior to the jets' arrival in France, but that the issue posed questions about airport security.


Football: Vardy makes history as Leicester draw with United

Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record by scoring in an 11th consecutive top-flight match as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Saturday.

Victory would have returned second placed Leicester to the Premier League summit, but Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised just before the interval to stretch United's unbeaten run to 10 games and keep them firmly in title contention.

But the fixture was all about Vardy, who took until just the 24th minute to produce the historic goal that the Leicester faithful, and many neutrals, were hoping for.


Football: Neymar double as Barca's rampant strikers sink Sociedad

A Neymar double, a spectacular volley from Luis Suarez and a goal for Lionel Messi saw top of the table Barcelona’s unstoppable strike force sweep aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday.

Barca now have 33 points from 13 games, with Atletico Madrid on 29.

Astonishingly, the trio’s latest heroics meant that Messi, Neymar and Suarez have so far scored 125 goals between them in all competitions for Barca over the calendar year.