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

Hillary Clinton reacts to being asked how she's feeling on her birthday as she boards her campaign plane in Miami, bound for an event in Lake Worth, Fla., on Oct 26, 2016.
Hillary Clinton reacts to being asked how she's feeling on her birthday as she boards her campaign plane in Miami, bound for an event in Lake Worth, Fla., on Oct 26, 2016.PHOTO: NYT

Blow to Clinton as FBI reopens email probe

The FBI dealt Hillary Clinton's seemingly unstoppable White House campaign a stunning blow on Friday (Oct 28) by reopening a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

With just 11 days to go until America votes, Clinton's rival Donald Trump seized triumphantly on the shock decision, declaring her unfit for office in front of a crowd chanting: "Lock her up!"

Clinton was on a flight when the news broke and ignored reporters' shouted questions about the probe as she landed - smiling and waving - in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for campaign events of her own.

Clinton's vice-presidential running mate Tim Kaine, appearing in Tallahassee, Florida, appeared to be caught off guard by the decision, telling reporters: "I've got to read more. I've got to read a little more."


Russia loses election to UN rights council

Russia on Friday (Oct 28) failed to win re-election at the United Nations Human Rights Council in a vote rights groups said reflected international disapproval of Moscow's involvement in the war in Syria.

The UN General Assembly elected Hungary and Croatia instead to represent eastern Europe at the 47-nation council, which monitors and investigates rights violations worldwide.

The outcome was an upset for Russia, which has been a member for all but one year since the council was set up in 2006.


Yazidi survivor of ISIS slavery aims to be 'voice' of her people

A Yazidi teenager who escaped the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group after nearly two years of enslavement said Friday (Oct 28) the prospect of one day becoming a "voice" for her community saw her through the nightmarish ordeal.

Lamia Haji Bashar, who on Thursday won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize with another Yazidi survivor, told AFP she had long envisioned fleeing her jihadist captors, who had repeatedly raped, tortured and sold her.

"I had in front of my eyes how to escape from all these criminal people, (from) what was happening with all the women and girls," she said in an interview in Germany where she has been receiving medical treatment.


Russia imprisons blogger who hunted Pokemon in church

A Russian court on Friday (Oct 28) ordered a blogger to be held behind bars for three months pending trial for hunting Pokemon in church, after he broke rules of his house arrest.

And Ruslan Sokolovsky, a 22-year-old from the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, risks a five-year jail term after being charged with offending religious believers and inciting hatred.

Sokolovsky, a militant atheist, was detained in August after posting a YouTube video that has been viewed more than one million times showing him entering a church and playing Pokemon Go on his iPhone.


Formula One: Vettel hands Ferrari boost, Hamilton edges Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top of the times with the fastest lap ahead of Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes by just 0.004 seconds in Friday's (Oct 28) second free practice session for this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.

On a cool afternoon at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the four-time champion made the most of conditions that seemed to suit him with a best lap in one minute and 19.790 seconds.

Defending three-time world champion Hamilton made three attempts to beat him without success while his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg wound up third three-tenths of a second behind him.