While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 14 edition

Shaman Singkaban Kowil, 75, of the Kadazan Dusun tribe, one of the people attending Monolibabow ritual performed to appease the spirits of the sacred Mount Kinabalu on Tamparuli district, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: EP
Shaman Singkaban Kowil, 75, of the Kadazan Dusun tribe, one of the people attending Monolibabow ritual performed to appease the spirits of the sacred Mount Kinabalu on Tamparuli district, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

Malaysian villagers beg spirits to end quake aftershocks

Borneo tribal shamans chanted age-old prayers on Saturday in a ceremony in Malaysia aimed at soothing spirits and bringing an end to disturbing aftershocks from an earthquake that killed 18 people.

About 100 members of the Kadazan Dusun, the largest tribal group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, held the ritual in the state's Tamparuli district after a 5.1-magnitude aftershock shook the area on Saturday.

Villagers, still rattled after the original 6.0-magnitude quake on June 5 that was centred near the popular climbing peak of Mount Kinabalu, ran from their homes during the aftershock.

It was one of several to hit Sabah on Saturday and dozens since the original tremor.

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South Korean man thought to have deadly Mers virus hospitalised in Slovakia: Official

A South Korean man thought to have contracted the potentially deadly Mers virus was hospitalised in the Slovak capital Bratislava on Saturday, a spokeswoman said.

“He is a 38-year-old man from South Korea who is suffering from diarrhoea, fever and lesions on his skin,” Petra Stano Matasovska, from Bratislava’s university hospital, told AFP.

Local media said the man arrived in Slovakia on June 3 and works for a subcontractor of South Korean carmaker Kia based in the northern town of Zilina.

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Snipers kill Dallas attacker after chaotic night of carnage

Snipers shot and killed a man in Texas on Saturday, ending a spectacular rampage in which he planted several bombs and sprayed the police headquarters with gunfire, authorities said.

Despite the mayhem, which also saw police cars get peppered with bullets, no one else was killed in the attack in the sprawling city of Dallas. Police ruled out any connection to terrorism.

The stunning night of violence began around 12.30am (1.30pm Singapore time), when a man in an armoured van rammed into police squad cars at the headquarters and the suspect opened fire.

Shots rang out from several different locations, leading police initially to believe multiple gunmen were involved, before they established the attacker was acting alone.

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HIllary Clinton promises an America for everyone

Hillary Clinton launched Saturday her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, unveiling a progressive platform calling for tax breaks for the struggling middle class and universal preschool.

Dressed in an electric blue pant suit, a confident and relaxed 67-year-old Clinton outlined a vision of equal opportunity, civil rights for all and an America leading the world in the first major rally of her campaign.

Addressing several thousand ardent supporters in New York, the home turf where she served as senator, she emphasised her four decades in public service as the most qualified candidate to lead the country.

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Football: Ronaldo hits third hat-trick in a row as Portugal win

Portugal moved five points clear at the top of European Championship qualifying Group I on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo's third successive hat-trick secured a crucial 3-2 win in Armenia.

The Portuguese, who played the last 30 minutes down to 10 men, were given a real scare by an Armenian side who had picked up just a single point in their first four group games.

But Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo turned the game on its head around the 55th minute.

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