While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 16 edition

US President Barack Obama (left) enjoying golf at Martha's Vineyard with former US President Bill Clinton.
US President Barack Obama (left) enjoying golf at Martha's Vineyard with former US President Bill Clinton.AFP

Death toll in Tianjin blasts rises to 104: Xinhua

The death toll from the giant chemical explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin has reached 104, the Xinhua said Saturday, as area residents were evacuated over fears of cyanide contamination.

A days-long fire intensified at the hazardous goods storage facility with a series of new explosions sending thick black smoke into the air, the official news agency said.

Xinhua said late Saturday the death toll had climbed from 85 to 104, quoting local officials.


Hundreds of flights delayed, cancelled in US over air traffic glitch

Hundreds of flights out of major airports in New York and Washington were delayed or cancelled Saturday because of a computer problem at a regional air traffic control centre, aviation officials said.

Flights at Washington's Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) were among those affected, as well as those at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

Tracking service FlightAware reported that around 400 flights had been delayed or cancelled across those airports.


Telecom giant helped US agency spy on Internet traffic: NY Times

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T has provided extensive assistance to the US National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing newly disclosed NSA documents.

The newspaper reported that the company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer.

The documents date from 2003 to 2013 and were provided by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Times reported.


Obama, Bill Clinton play golf together on Martha's Vineyard

US President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton played golf together on Saturday ahead of an evening birthday celebration for Washington power broker and mutual friend Vernon Jordan.

The birthday bash reunites Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate who is under fire for using a private e-mail server during her time as the top US diplomat.

Obama is vacationing with his family on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard and has spent much of the past week on the golf course. Jordan, who is turning 80, and former US Trade Representative Ron Kirk rounded out the golf foursome.


Tennis: Djokovic has low opinion of fan getting high

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was bothered by the smell of marijuana smoke on Saturday as he advanced to the final of the ATP Rogers Cup by defeating France's Jeremy Chardy.

During his 6-4, 6-4 victory, Djokovic complained to the umpire about the smell of marijuana smoke.

After the match he addressed the issue, which he said had distracted him in a prior match as well.