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

Austria far-right concedes defeat in presidential race

The candidate vying to become Europe's first freely elected far-right head of state since World War II conceded defeat in Austria's presidential election soon after polls closed on Sunday evening.

The result is a blow to populists who had hoped a wave of anti-establishment anger sweeping Western democracies would carry Norbert Hofer to power after Britain's Brexit referendum and Americans' election of Donald Trump as president.

Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), conceded he had been soundly beaten by former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen. 


Death toll in California loft fire rises to 30, more victims expected

Recovery teams have found 30 bodies in the charred ruins of an Oakland, California loft building after a fire broke out during a weekend dance party, and the death toll is expected to rise, authorities said on Sunday.

Sergeant Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, said two dozen bodies were located as authorities sifted through the debris-filled shell of the two-story building, which was used by an artists' collective.

He told a press briefing that the death toll would likely rise in what fire officials called the deadliest blaze in the city's history. He said the names of the victims would be released "in the coming hours" after their families were notified.


Donald Trump talk with Taiwan leader just a 'courtesy call': US VP-elect Mike Pence

President-elect Donald Trump's controversial telephone conversation with the leader of Taiwan was just a "courtesy call," US Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday (Dec 4).

"It was nothing more than taking a courtesy call from a democratically elected leader," Pence told ABC News, speaking about the Friday (Dec 2) call between Trump and Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen, which broke decades of US diplomatic policy and risks creating a serious rift with China.

No US president or president-elect has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since then-president Richard Nixon agreed in 1978 to Beijing's "One China" policy.


Football: Liverpool and Manchester United thwarted in dramatic finales

Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp's Liverpool wasted a chance to return to second place in the table, a point behind Chelsea, twice surrendering a two-goal lead before losing 4-3 in added time in a thriller at Bournemouth.

United dropped two points at Everton after Marouane Fellaini conceded an 89th-minute penalty soon after the former Goodison Park favourite had come on as a substitute.


Actors voice disgust over Last Tango in Paris rape scene confession

The film industry has reacted with disgust at the admission from a director that one of the most notorious rape scenes in modern film history was shot without prior consent from the actress involved, reported British newspaper The Guardian.

Director of the film Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci, said he conspired with actor Marlon Brando to film a graphic rape scene without the consent of actress Maria Schneider. At the time of shooting, Brando was 48 years old and Schneider was 19.

Last Tango in Paris tells the story of a man who enters into an anonymous affair after his wife takes her own life.