While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 21 edition

British Open winner Zach Johnson greeting the fans at St Andrews as he holds the Claret Jug.
British Open winner Zach Johnson greeting the fans at St Andrews as he holds the Claret Jug. PHOTO: EPA

Viral video of elderly woman being abused outside HDB flat prompts MSF investigation 

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is "looking into" an alleged case of domestic abuse after a video of the incident went viral on Monday (July 20) night.

The Facebook clip, uploaded by user ApohTecky Numero at 7.42pm, shows the frail-looking woman sweeping the corridor outside a HDB flat at Lower Delta Road under the watchful gaze of two other women.

Towards the end of the video, one of the women - apparently the elderly woman's daughter - is seen delivering a hard slap to the left side of her face.


Zach Johnson wins British Open after four-hole playoff 

Zach Johnson won the British Open on Monday, emerging victorious from a gripping four-hole playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.

It was the 39-year-old American's second major title win after he triumphed at the 2007 Masters.

"It sounds beautiful. It still sounds extremely surreal. The tone to it is very humbling. I feel blessed to be the champion and honoured to be part of the history of this game," Johnson said.


Stephen Hawking launches ambitious US$100m project to search for alien life 

British cosmologist Stephen Hawking launched Monday the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a 10-year, US$100 million (S$137.2 million) project to scan the heavens.

Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who is funding the Breakthrough Listen initiative, said it would be the most intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligent life.

"In an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life. Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching," Hawking said at the launch event at the Royal Society science academy in London.


John McCain: Trump should say sorry to war veterans over controversial remarks 

John McCain said Monday that property mogul and White House hopeful Donald Trump should apologise to veterans after he dismissed the US senator's military record because he was taken prisoner.

Republican primary candidate Trump sparked outrage at the weekend when he appeared to suggest that a serviceman who was captured could not be a real hero, in reference to McCain's time in a Vietnamese prison.

Many rallied to McCain's defense, but on Monday the defeated former presidential candidate downplayed the attack on his own record, while defending those he served with.


Adultery website Ashley Madison hacked in shutdown bid 

Hackers breached the online adultery website Ashley Madison and threatened to expose data on users in an effort to shut down the service which claims millions of members worldwide.

Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, said in a statement Monday an "unauthorized party" was able to gain access to the data through various unauthorized points on the website.

A group calling itself "the Impact Team" claimed responsibility and said it was part of an effort to shut down Ashley Madison, known for its slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair."