While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 15 edition

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe.

Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women from 121 countries.

The medical student was presented with the sash by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines at the ExCeL exhibition centre in east London. 

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5 reasons why the Japanese general election results matter to us

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party won re-election in a snap poll by a landslide yesterday, albeit with a low turnout at the polls

What does that spell for the rest of Asia and the world? 

For one, the overwhelming victory by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) means Japan is poised to enjoy another four years of stable government and very likely under the continued leadership of Mr Abe.

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India's secret gardener Nek Chand reveals 18-year labour of love

Deep inside his massive garden of handmade waterfalls and sculptures, Nek Chand recalls toiling away secretly in the dead of night for a staggering 18 years to create his wonderland in north India.

Riding his bicycle after dark to a state-owned forest, Chand spent night after night clearing patches of ground and transforming the landscape into a majestic garden that would eventually cover 8 hectares.

When his secret was finally discovered in 1976, authorities threatened demolition, claiming Chand had violated strict land laws. But an amazed public rallied behind him, leading to his appointment as head of the newly opened Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

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Football: De Gea shines as Man United beat Liverpool 3-0

Manchester United recorded a sixth successive Premier League win when they beat old rivals Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The latest victory, sealed with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, kept them in third place, five points behind neighbours Manchester City and eight behind the leaders Chelsea.

But they had Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea to thank for such a convincing margin. He made a series of fine saves from Raheem Sterling and then substitute Mario Balotelli.

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Football: Zhang Xizhe set to become fourth Chinese in Bundesliga

Wolfsburg are set to present China midfielder Zhang Xizhe as a new signing to become the fourth Chinese to have played in Germany's top flight - with more likely to follow.

Zhang landed at Frankfurt airport on Saturday and was in the crowd to watch his new team's 1-1 draw against Paderborn on Sunday which left them second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich.

With only details of the 23-year-old's transfer from Beijing Guoan to be finalised Zhang is set to officially become a Wolves player in the coming days.

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