While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 31 edition

Protesters take part in a rally on Oct 30, 2016 after a fishmonger in the northern town of Al Hoceima was crushed to death inside a rubbish truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police.
Protesters take part in a rally on Oct 30, 2016 after a fishmonger in the northern town of Al Hoceima was crushed to death inside a rubbish truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police. PHOTO: REUTERS

Thousands mourn Morocco fishmonger crushed in rubbish truck

Thousands of Moroccans on Sunday (Oct 30) attended the funeral of a fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck crusher has caused outrage across the North African country, sources said.

Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death on Friday in the truck in the northern city of Al-Hoceima as he reportedly tried to protest against a municipal worker seizing and destroying his wares.

An image of his inert body – head and arm sticking out from under the lorry’s crushing mechanism – went viral on social media, sparking calls for protests nationwide including in the capital Rabat.

Footage online showed thousands of people following the yellow ambulance that carried Fikri’s body through his home town in the ethnically Berber Rif region on Sunday.  The procession was led by a dozen drivers in their cars, including taxis, and marchers waving Berber flags.


First mass in two years held in Iraq's main Christian town

A handful of faithful gathered in a burnt out church Sunday (Oct 30) for the first mass to be celebrated in two years in Qaraqosh, which was once Iraq's main Christian town.

Iraqi forces retook Qaraqosh from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group days earlier, as part of a massive offensive to wrest back the country's second city Mosul.

"After two years and three months in exile, I just celebrated the Eucharist in the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the Islamic State wanted to destroy," Yohanna Petros Mouche, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, said.


Is Van Gogh's famous bed lurking in a Dutch attic?

A bed first made famous by Vincent van Gogh's 1888 painting The Bedroom, may today still be lurking in a home or attic in a small Dutch town, an art historian claimed on Sunday (Oct 30).

Britain-based Van Gogh expert Martin Bailey said the bed on which Van Gogh slept while living in the scenic southern French city of Arles may have ended up in a home in Boxmeer in The Netherlands after World War II.

Bailey based his belief on his discovery of a letter written in 1937 by Van Gogh's cousin, Vincent Willem, in which he said he still possessed the bed of his famous uncle, who committed suicide in 1890.


Formula One: Hamilton beats Rosberg in Mexico, keeps title bid alive

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton kept alive his title defence with a controlled and near-flawless victory ahead of championship leader and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a dramatic Mexican Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old Briton came home comfortably ahead of the German to trim his advantage to 19 points with two races remaining after a fiery finish to the 71-lap race.

This saw four-time champion Sebastian Vettel lose his temper during a tempestuous exchange following a clash with teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull - the conflict being settled by the stewards who swiftly handed the Dutchman a five seconds penalty.


Football: Costa sparkles as Chelsea down Saints

Diego Costa's sublime strike sealed Chelsea's 2-0 success against Southampton on Sunday (Oct 30) as the Blues chalked up a fourth successive Premier League victory.

Costa doubled Chelsea's lead with a fine finish from 25 yards after Eden Hazard had put Antonio Conte's side ahead early in the first half at St Mary's.

Inflicting Southampton's first home league defeat since February gave Chelsea four league wins in a row for the first time since April 2015, when they were on the verge of lifting the title under Jose Mourinho.