While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 17 edition

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if reelected

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday there would be no Palestinian state if he were reelected, in a last-ditch effort to woo rightwing voters on the eve of a general election.

Polling stations are to open at 0500 GMT (1 pm Singapore time) on Tuesday for Israel's second snap general election in as many years in a ballot experts agree is likely to be a referendum on the Netanyahu years.

With his rightwing Likud trailing the centre-left Zionist Union in the final polls, Netanyahu said that if his rivals were elected security would be compromised and they would give up total Israeli control over Jerusalem.

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Four accused walk as Thai anti-coup activists grow bolder

The four men - an activist, a lawyer, a student and a taxi driver - were told to report at a Bangkok police station on Monday morning. They decided they would set off two days early.

In fact, they invited the public to walk some 50 km with them to drum up awareness about how they were about to face a military court instead of a civilian court for organising a political protest on Valentine's Day. 

Forty-eight-year-old Pansak Srithep, clad in red sneakers, red arm sleeves and bearing a ring on his left ear, strode out of his house in Nonthaburi province neighbouring Bangkok on Saturday morning. 

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United States concerned at Malaysia's detention of Anwar Ibrahim's daughter

The United States said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by the detention of the eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Nurul Izzah, 34, who is a member of parliament, said she was arrested for sedition for reading out in parliament parts of a speech given by her father criticising his recent jailing.

Washington has voiced its concerns over her detention to the Malaysian government, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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Young adults want news, not the newspaper: study

America's young adults want news, but few want to read a newspaper. And most stumble onto news while on Facebook or other social networks.

Those are among the findings of a survey released Monday of 18- to 34-year-olds by a project of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research.

Some 85 per cent of "millennials" surveyed said that keeping up with news is important to them and 69 per cent said they get news daily.

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United Nations to create music playlist of happiness

What is happiness? The United Nations is teaming up with pop stars to create a playlist that asks, in musical form, that eternal question.

A campaign launched Monday is asking listeners around the world to post through social media the songs that make them happy, with the playlist to be revealed Friday on the UN-declared International Day of Happiness.

The curators who will assess the responses and determine the playlist include the British singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and James Blunt, US singer-songwriter John Legend, French DJ David Guetta and the Portuguese pop star David Carreira.

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