While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 10 edition

(From left) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taking a photograph with Mrs Daliyana Ravi, Mrs Flora Tan-Makowski, Mrs Hatijah Nuss, Mrs Amy Kiesgen, Mrs Lee and Madam Kim Goh Huey Chyiy at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich on July 9, 2017.
(From left) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taking a photograph with Mrs Daliyana Ravi, Mrs Flora Tan-Makowski, Mrs Hatijah Nuss, Mrs Amy Kiesgen, Mrs Lee and Madam Kim Goh Huey Chyiy at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich on July 9, 2017.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Singaporeans in Germany celebrate National Day early with PM Lee 

When Mrs Amy Kiesgen moved to Germany with her German husband in 1994, there were only about 200 Singaporeans in the country.

"When I first came, I was alone. I saw Asians, but they were not Singaporeans," the 59-year-old housewife said.

That feeling of isolation drove the Singaporean to set up a group for Singaporeans based in Germany in 2006, when the Singapore embassy broached the idea to her.

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Republicans deride Trump's idea for cyber security unit with Russia

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (July 9) he and Russia's president had discussed forming a cyber security unit, an idea harshly criticised by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.

Tweeting after his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Friday (July 7), Trump said now was the time to work constructively with Moscow, pointing to a ceasefire deal in southwest Syria that came into effect on Sunday.

"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe," he said following their talks at a summit of the Group of 20 nations in Hamburg, Germany.

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Trump's son met Russian lawyer after promise of information on Clinton: New York Times

President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 campaign after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Sunday (July 9), citing three advisers to the White House.

Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting, the Times reported.

The Times quoted a statement from Donald Trump Jr. in which he acknowledged meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

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Formula One: Vettel claims Bottas start was 'un-human'

A headstrong Sebastian Vettel continued to flirt with controversy on Sunday (July 9) by accusing the victorious Valtteri Bottas of jumping the start at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The German, who finished second, rejected the evidence of official data and described the Finnish driver as 'un-human'.

The championship leader, who escaped any sanction last Monday following his 'road rage' attack on Lewis Hamilton in last month's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, was evidently frustrated at being beaten again.

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Cycling: Froome stays in control after action-packed ninth stage

Chris Froome escaped unscathed after an action-packed ninth stage of the Tour de France as one his main rivals and his Team Sky lieutenant crashed out of the race on Sunday (July 10).

The defending champion, who was attacked by Fabio Aru just as he suffered a mechanical on the last climb, ended up third at the end of a 181-5km trek in the Jura mountains won by Colombian Rigoberto Uran ahead of France's Warren Barguil.

Briton Froome had his rivals to thank, however, as none of them took turns in front while he was changing his bike in the lung-busting ascent to the Mont du Chat.

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