While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 18 edition

Iraq's Anbar in 'total collapse', on brink of falling to ISIS

ISIS militants overran one of the last remaining districts held by government forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday and besieged a key army base on the edge of the western provincial capital, security sources said.

The militants seized most of Ramadi on Friday, planting their black flag on the local government headquarters in the centre of the city, but a contingent of Iraqi special forces was holding out in the Malaab neighbourhood.

Those forces retreated on Sunday to an area east of the city after suffering heavy casualties, security sources said, bringing Ramadi to the brink of falling to ISIS (Islamic State In Iraq and Syria).

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak hits back at critics in blog post

Malaysia's embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak broke his silence on Sunday after weeks of calls from long-time leader Mahathir Mohamad for his resignation over corruption and mismanagement allegations.

The influential Mahathir, 89, has criticised Najib for his management of the economy and scandals arising from the debt-laden state fund 1MDB and the high-profile murder of a Mongolian model nine years ago.

The prime minister has been weakened by the attacks of his predecessor, but still retains support within the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

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Football: Arsenal draws 1-1 with Manchester United, as David de Gea departs

Tyler Blackett's late own goal compromised Manchester United's hopes of automatic Champions League qualification as Arsenal drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

The hosts took the lead when Ashley Young crossed for Ander Herrera to volley home, but Arsene Wenger's side earned a point in the 82nd minute when Theo Walcott's shot nicked off Blackett and looped over United substitute goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The result kept Arsenal two points above United in third place in the table and the FA Cup finalists can secure a Champions League group-stage berth by winning at home to Sunderland in their game in hand on Wednesday.

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Football: Lionel Messi hands Barcelona 23rd Liga title with 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid

Barcelona claimed their fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall as Lionel Messi scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Exactly a year to the day since Atletico won the league in a title decider at Barca's Camp Nou, the Catalans exacted some measure of revenge to seal the first of a potential treble of trophies this season.

Luis Enrique's men face Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey on home soil at the Camp Nou on May 30 and Juventus in the Champions League final a week later in Berlin.

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Pitch Perfect 2 strikes chord for record box office bow, cruising past Mad Max: Fury Road

Musical comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2 hit the high notes at the North American box office this weekend, drowning out the noisy mayhem of action movie Mad Max: Fury Road to take top spot, estimated figures showed Sunday.

The follow-up to the 2012 hit about a collegiate female a cappella singing group scored a stunning opening weekend in the United States and Canada, taking US$70.3 million (S$92.85 million), according to data from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

It is believed to be the highest opening weekend for a musical in history, delivering a stunning success for actress-turned-director Elizabeth Banks in her first feature-length movie.

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