While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 12 edition

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Dec 9, 2016.
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Dec 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

US President-Election Donald Trump questions 'One China policy' without Beijing concessions

US President-elect Donald Trump questioned in an interview broadcast on Sunday (Dec 11) whether the United States should continue its "One China policy" unless Beijing makes concessions on trade and other issues.

"I don't want China dictating to me," Trump said as he made a vehement defence of his recent phone conversation with the president of Taiwan.

"I don't know why we have to be bound by a one China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade," he added in the interview on Fox News Sunday (Dec 11).

He was responding to a question on his taking that call this month from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, breaking with decades of US diplomatic tradition that recognizes Beijing as the sole representative of China.


Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 38

An offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) claimed responsibility on Sunday (Dec 11) for twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, an attack for which the Turkish government vowed vengeance.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), which has claimed several other deadly attacks in Turkey this year, said in a statement on its website that it was behind Saturday night's blasts, which shook a nation still trying to recover from a failed military coup and a number of bombings this year..

Saturday's attacks took place near the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team, about two hours after a match at the stadium and appeared to target police officers. The first was a car bomb outside the stadium, followed within a minute by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park.


Families search Madagascar beaches for MH370 clues

It was a heartfelt journey before Christmas, a search for clues about loved ones who disappeared in a still unsolved mystery. The mission was a long shot, at best.

But for several families seeking answers over the fate of relatives who perished aboard flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, any effort is better than none.

Frustrated by a lack of progress in official investigations into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, the families spent the past week in Madagascar, combing beaches.


Dog visits hospital to say goodbye to dying owner

The distressed-looking dog stood on her owner's hospital bed and leaned into his face, sniffing around a tangled mess of wires to find him.

Ryan Thomas Jessen had gone to the hospital for what he thought was a migraine, but it turned out to be a brain haemorrhage, his sister, Michelle Jessen, wrote on Facebook earlier this month.

The haemorrhage, which doctors believe may have been brought on by high blood pressure, would prove fatal.


Football: Mkhitaryan tames Spurs to stop Man United rot

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester United but was later stretchered off as Jose Mourinho's side claimed a timely 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (Dec 11).

Mkhitaryan converted Ander Herrera's through ball just before the half hour to end a frustrating run of four successive home draws and give United just a second win in nine league matches.

It was his second goal in two games, after he opened his account for the club against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday, but he exited on a stretcher after turning his ankle in a late challenge by Danny Rose.