While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 17 edition

Muslim boy arrested for bringing clock to Texas school

A Muslim schoolboy arrested in Texas after a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb won invitations to visit the White House, Google and Facebook on Wednesday amid a surge of public support.

President Barack Obama congratulated Ahmed Mohamed, 14, on his skills in a pointed rebuke to school and police officials who defended his arrest amid accusations of Islamophobia.

“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” Obama tweeted.

A photo of Mohamed standing in handcuffs while wearing a T-shirt with the US space agency Nasa’s logo was retweeted thousands of times in a matter of hours and “#IStandWithAhmed” became the top trending hashtag on Twitter.


Half of marine life wiped out in last 40 years: WWF

Pollution, industrial fishing and climate change have killed off half of marine life in the last four decades, according to a WWF report released on Wednesday.

Species essential to global food supply - especially in poorer nations where fish provide essential dietary protein - were among the hardest hit, the conservation group's Living Blue Planet Report said.

The family of fish that includes tuna and mackerel, for example, has declined by three quarters since 1970.


Dirty air killing over 3 million people a year: Study

Outdoor air pollution from sources as varied as cooking fires in India, traffic in the United States and fertiliser use in Russia, claims some 3.3 million lives globally every year, researchers said Wednesday.

The vast majority of victims - nearly 75 per cent - died from strokes and heart attacks triggered mainly by long-term inhalation of dust-like particles floating in the air.

The remainder succumbed due to respiratory diseases and lung cancer, according to a study in the journal Nature.


Football: Mourinho's gamble pays off as Chelsea cruise

Jose Mourinho's selection gamble paid off as Chelsea got their spluttering season back on track with a 4-0 rout of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mourinho's side went into their Group G opener in turmoil after Saturday's dismal 3-1 defeat at Everton left them with only one win from their first five Premier League matches.

That miserable sequence was Chelsea's worst start to a season since 1988 and it provoked a barrage of criticism for Mourinho and his under-performing English champions.


Oregon artist to sell image of Trump painted with menstrual blood

An Oregon artist who used menstrual blood to paint an image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday she would sell posters as well as the original, created in response to remarks by the billionaire about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

The portrait by Portland-based painter and activist Sarah Levy drew worldwide attention as Republican candidates prepared for their second debate, to be aired on CNN on Wednesday.

It was after the first debate last month that Trump declared that Kelly, a moderator who had questioned him pointedly about some unflattering comments about women, "had blood coming out of her wherever."