While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 3 edition

At least 12 dead in night market bomb blast in Davao

At least 12 people were killed, and dozens injured after an explosion rocked a popular night market in Davao, southern home city of President Rodrigo Duterte, say officials.

It was later said to have been caused by a bomb. “Initial investigations show they found shrapnel from a mortar-based improvised explosive device,” presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar told DZMM radio.

The blast tore through a street market outside the high-end Marco Polo hotel, a frequent haunt of Duterte, who was in the southern city of Davao at the time but was not hurt.

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Obama urges China to stop flexing muscles over South China Sea - CNN

China needs to be a more responsible power as it gains global influence and avoid flexing its muscles in disputes with smaller countries over issues like the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama told CNN in an interview to be aired on Sunday.

Obama, who meets with President Xi Jinping at a Group of 20 summit next week in China, told CNN the United States supports the peaceful rise of China but that Beijing had to recognise that “with increasing power comes increasing responsibilities,” according to excerpts.

“If you sign a treaty that calls for international arbitration around maritime issues, the fact that you’re bigger than the Philippines or Vietnam or other countries... is not a reason for you to go around and flex your muscles,” Obama said.

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French customs find record 51kg of crystal meth in breakfast cereal bound for Malaysia

French customs announced the seizure of a record 51kg of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of breakfast cereal.

Customs officers at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport checking cartons containing bags of cereal en route from Cameroon to Malaysia found them to be "unusually heavy", a statement said.

They found the crystalline drug, a strong stimulant, in 40 of 70 bags.

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Investigation after boy sneaks onto Beirut-Istanbul flight

Officials at Beirut's international airport said they were investigating how a teenage boy was able to sneak onto a flight and travel to Turkey without a ticket or passport.

The boy boarded an Istanbul-bound plane operated by Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines.

He was discovered by the crew onboard after the plane had already taken off, when they realised there were more passengers on the aircraft than on the manifest they had been given, local media said.

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Football: City's Sergio Aguero to miss Manchester derby after three-game ban

Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's derby showdown with Manchester United after the Argentina striker was given a three-match ban for violent conduct.

Aguero was punished retrospectively by the Football Association after television cameras caught him elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid during City's Premier League victory at Eastlands last weekend.

Referee Andre Marriner had missed the incident and City denied the charge, but the FA found Aguero guilty and his suspension will start on Sept 10 when Pep Guardiola's side visit Old Trafford for the Manchester derby.

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