While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 4 edition

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, arrives to campaign at Main Line Sports in Berwyn, Pennsylvania on Nov 3, 2016.
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, arrives to campaign at Main Line Sports in Berwyn, Pennsylvania on Nov 3, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Melania Trump makes solo pitch for 'fantastic' husband

Melania Trump, the Slovenian-born former model who could become America's first foreign-born first lady in two centuries, appealed to her husband's soft side in the battleground state of Pennsylvania Thursday (Nov 3).

Dressed in a filmy pink blouse and white skirt, it was the 46-year-old's first solo campaign appearance - the third wife of Donald Trump. She is a full-time mother to the mogul's youngest child, Barron.

"He will make a fantastic president," Melania told voters in Berwyn, an area outside Philadelphia where Trump dipped in the polls over vulgar remarks about groping women and after women accused him of sexual impropriety.

Her husband, with whom she lives in opulence beyond most people's wildest dreams, was running to improve the lives of suffering workers and struggling parents, she said.

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US airstrikes kill 30 Afghan civilians, officials say

US airstrikes early Thursday (Nov 3) killed at least 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in the volatile northern province of Kunduz, officials said, after a Taliban assault left two American soldiers dead.

The airstrike triggered emotionally-charged protests in the provincial capital, with the victims' relatives parading mutilated bodies of dead children piled into open trucks through the streets of Kunduz city.

The carnage underscores worsening insecurity after the Taliban last month overran the city for the second time in a year, as Nato-backed Afghan forces struggle to rein in the insurgents.

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Smoking a pack a day causes 150 mutations in every lung cell, research shows

Scientists have found that smoking a pack a day of cigarettes can cause 150 damaging changes to a smoker's lung cells each year.

The findings come from a study of the devastating genetic damage, or mutations, caused by smoking in various organs in the body.

The researchers said the findings, published in the journal Science on Thursday (Nov 3), show a direct link between the number of cigarettes smoked in a lifetime and the number of mutations in the DNA of cancerous tumours.

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Huawei takes jab at Samsung with 'no explosion' phone

Chinese electronics firm Huawei on Thursday (Nov 4) unveiled its latest Mate 9 smartphone in Munich, designed to challenge global market leaders Apple and Samsung with features including a high-quality camera and higher-capacity battery.

As Korea's Samsung struggles with negative publicity following the high-profile recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in response to reports of it catching fire and exploding, Huawei has scented an opportunity.

Standing in front of a graphic comparing how hot the new phone gets while charging compared with a Samsung handset, Huawei consumer electronics chief Richard Yu jokingly promised "no explosions!" when charging the Mate 9 - to a burst of laughter from the crowd gathered at a hotel in the German city.

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Tennis: Ruthless Murray keeps heat on Djokovic in Paris

Andy Murray stepped up his assault on Novak Djokovic’s world number one ranking by thrashing Lucas Pouille to ease into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday (Nov 3).

Murray reeled off the final eight games as he dispatched French 13th seed Pouille 6-3, 6-0 to extend his winning streak to 17 matches.

“I thought I returned well today. I had chances in almost all of his service games throughout the match. And on this surface, obviously when it’s a bit quicker, that’s good,” said Murray.

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