While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 3 edition

Football: Sepp Blatter resigns as Fifa president; special congress to be called soon

Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of Fifa in a stunning capitulation to critics as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body.

"I don't feel I have a mandate from the entire world of football," Blatter, who defiantly rejected calls to quit for several months, calmly told a press conference at Fifa's Zurich headquarters.

The 79-year-old Swiss official, Fifa president for 17 years and only reelected on Friday, said he would remain in charge until a special congress can choose a new leader.

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Rescuers race against clock to find survivors of China ship

Chinese rescuers were working through the night in a desperate race to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship, with more than 400 people still missing after the boat sank in a storm on the Yangtze river.

By Tuesday night just 14 people had been confirmed as surviving after the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star," rapidly overturned late Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Seven bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, leaving hundreds more still missing, possibly trapped within the ship which apparently sank in a matter of seconds with 458 people on board, state media said.

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'Dangerous' terror suspect shot dead in Boston

A 26-year-old terror suspect under FBI surveillance was shot dead outside a pharmacy in Boston on Tuesday after brandishing a knife at police and federal agents, officials said.

The FBI refused to comment on any possible allegations against Usaama Rahim, but police said he refused multiple orders to drop his military-style knife before being shot outside a CVS pharmacy store.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the suspect was wanted "for terrorist-related information" but refused to comment on US media reports that he had been radicalised by extremists in Syria.

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US flights face bomb threats, no explosives found- media reports

Five bomb threats that turned out to be hoaxes disrupted US domestic and international flights on Tuesday, airline officials and media reports said.

Police met US Airways flight 648, with 88 passengers and five crew on board, when it landed at Philadelphia International Airport due to a "possible security threat", said Victoria Lupica, a spokeswoman for US Airways' parent company, American Airlines Group Inc A possible bomb threat prompted the search, Philadelphia's 6ABC television reported. No explosives were found.

NBC and CNN reported that other US commercial flights received bomb threats on Tuesday: a United Airlines flight to Chicago, Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta and a Volaris flight from Portland to Guadalajara, Mexico. The planes landed safely and were searched, and passengers were deplaned, according to CNN.

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Tennis: Hometown favourite Wilfried Tsonga holds nerve to quell Kei Nishikori fightback

Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga regained his composure just in time to hold off a stirring fightback from Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori, winning 6-1 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 to reach the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday.

Tsonga, who often suffers lapses in concentration, lost his momentum following a 40-minute suspension in play after a side panel from the scoreboard fell on the crowd from the upper part of Court Philippe Chatrier, injuring three fans.

Tsonga, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013, relied on his booming forehand to unsettle the U.S. Open runner-up, who only got into his groove late in the second set after the interruption.

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