While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 13 edition

'And then I heard thunder': Saudi crane horror recalled

First came the thunder, then the horror.

Witnesses on Saturday described the collapse of a massive construction crane during a vicious thunderstorm a day earlier, an accident that killed 107 people at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of Islam's holiest sites.

"We saw people dying before our eyes," the Arab News quoted Sheikh Abdul Raheem as saying.


New photos reveal Pluto's stunning geological diversity: Nasa

New, high-resolution images of the surface of Pluto beamed from Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft reveal unparalleled geographical variety - from soaring mountains to sand dunes to frozen ice floes, scientists said Saturday.

The stunning pictures, displaying chaotically jumbled mountains and other dramatic geographical features, is somewhat reminiscent of the helter-skelter terrain of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, Nasa scientists said.

New Horizon began a year-long download of new images and other data several days ago.


Football: Martial scores stunning effort as United down Liverpool

Anthony Martial introduced himself to Manchester United fans with a superb goal to complete a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool and cap a much-improved performance from Louis van Gaal's side on Saturday.

Martial, a £36 million (S$78 million) signing from Monaco this month, danced past three defenders in the 86th minute and sidefooted the ball home on his debut to put the finishing touches to a well-deserved victory.

After a dire first half that would have dampened the enthusiasm of even the most die-hard fan, a fired-up United emerged after the break to take the game by the scruff of the neck.


Tennis: Flavia Pennetta wins US Open title - then announces retirement

Italy's Flavia Pennetta won her first Grand Slam singles title Saturday, defeating compatriot Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the US Open women's singles final.

Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam women's champion in the Open Era at age 33, and immediately afterwards announced her retirement from the sport.

"This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis," she said.


Venezuelan film From Afar wins Venice Golden Lion

Venezuelan drama Desde Alla (From Afar), which tells a story of repressed gay love, won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival Saturday on a night to remember for Latin American cinema.

The debut feature by director Lorenzo Vigas was awarded the festival's top prize by a jury chaired by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron from a selection of 21 productions from around the world.

The Silver Lion for best director went to Argentina's Pablo Trapero for The Clan, a crime movie based on a real-life story of a prosperous family of kidnappers in Buenos Aires which has been a huge hit on home soil.