While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 19 edition

Trump (above, at a rally on Oct 17) has unfurled a litany of complaints about the nation’s election system.
Trump (above, at a rally on Oct 17) has unfurled a litany of complaints about the nation’s election system.PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama tells Donald Trump to ‘stop whining’

President Barack Obama on Tuesday (Oct 18) slapped down Donald Trump’s claim that the 2016 presidential race is rigged, telling the Republican to “stop whining” and get on with his campaign.

In language normally reserved for chastising a stroppy teenager, Obama discarded diplomatic decorum and skewered the mogul from the Rose Garden in front of visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

As Trump’s poll numbers have been dragged down by accusations of sexual assault, he has unfurled a litany of complaints about the nation’s election system.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Trump nationally and in key swing states three weeks before Election Day.


Hillary Clinton's team mulled Apple's Tim Cook for vice-president, e-mails show

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign considered tapping Apple chief executive Tim Cook to be her running mate, according to hacked e-mails published on Tuesday (Oct 18) by WikiLeaks.

In an e-mail dated March 17 to Clinton, campaign chairman John Podesta also proposed the mega-billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and General Motors chief executive Mary Barra as possible Democratic vice-presidents.

"Let me know if there are people you would like to see added or removed," Podesta wrote, enclosing a list of more than 30 names.


Hong Kong fails to delay pro-independence lawmakers from taking office

The Hong Kong government failed in an unprecedented legal attempt on Tuesday (Oct 18) to halt the swearing-in of two newly elected lawmakers seeking to push for independence for the autonomous region.

High Court Judge Thomas Au rejected its last-ditch request for an injunction against a decision allowing the two lawmakers to re-take their oath of office at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Au did approve the government’s request for a judicial review of the case, which will take place early next month. By that time, they could already be serving in the legislature.


Man dies, woman injured after shooting in German town

A man suspected of an apparent criminal shooting in the western German town of Dueren was found dead by police special forces who also rescued an injured woman believed to have been his hostage, a police spokeswoman said.

Police had blocked roads leading to the town centre on Tuesday (Oct 18) after shots were reported at what German media said was a hair salon.

Germany has been on high alert after two attacks this summer claimed by militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


Football: Leverkusen and Spurs miss chances in fine goalless draw

Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur fought out a goalless draw in their Champions League Group E match on Tuesday (Oct 18), with each team missing golden chances in an entertaining encounter.

The visitors were in control of the first half, hitting the woodwork through Vincent Janssen, while Leverkusen were in complete command after the break, squandering half a dozen scoring opportunities.

Tottenham had keeper Hugo Lloris to thank after he repeatedly came to the rescue in the second half, including saving a Javier Hernandez effort on the line.