While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 2 edition

Singapore taking steps to counter nuclear threats: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong underlined Singapore's commitment to supporting counter-proliferation efforts at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, outlining three key efforts the government is taking.

The efforts include combating illicit trafficking, cooperating with international efforts and encouraging countries to reduce nuclear weapons.

When it comes to trafficking, he said that Singapore has tightened its export control regime and upgraded radiation screening technology at its ports. He said the authorities have previously intercepted cargo and are opening the first border laboratory to conduct nuclear detection and analysis later this year.


Thousands flock to screening of provocative Hong Kong film

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Thousands of moviegoers on Friday flocked to mass screenings of Hong Kong film Ten Years, a provocative futuristic portrayal of the city that has riled China.

Released at the end of last year, it has been a box office hit locally - despite only getting a short run in cinemas - and has raised hackles on the mainland amid increasing fears in Hong Kong over Beijing's tightening grip.

The series of five short films, each by a different Hong Kong director, depicts the city in 2025 where young children in military uniform prowl the streets, the local language of Cantonese is disappearing and one protester goes as far as self-immolation.


British man jailed after keeping wife as a slave in landmark case

A British man who treated his Pakistani wife as a slave was sentenced to two years' jail following what is believed to be the first conviction in the UK for domestic servitude involving a husband and wife.

Safraz Ahmed, 34, subjected Sumara Iram to "physical and mental torture" after she moved to Britain in 2012 following an arranged marriage which both had agreed to.

Iram was often made to work from 5am to midnight, cooking and cleaning for her husband and members of his family. Media reports said Ahmed threw tins of cat food at his wife, sent streams of abusive text messages and once told her to jump in front of a vehicle or into a river. In one attack, Ahmed broke Iram's nose.


Google left red-faced after April Fools' prank goes wrong

The joke was on Google when it had to pull an April Fools' Day prank featuring characters from the Despicable Me movies that landed users of its Gmail service in trouble.

To mark the annual day of practical jokes, the US technology giant added an extra send button to its e-mail service that included a gif of a minion, one of the yellow creatures from the popular animated comedy films.

But many unsuspecting users hit the button and sent important business e-mails and reportedly even funeral arrangements with the light-hearted cartoon.


Formula One: Rosberg sets the pace in Bahrain practice

Championship leader Nico Rosberg lapped more than a second quicker than last year's pole position time as Mercedes dominated Bahrain Grand Prix practice.

The German, who is chasing his fifth victory in a row after winning Formula One's season-opener in Australia and the last three races of 2015, led both sessions with triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton second.

Rosberg's best lap of one minute 31.001 seconds, in the floodlit evening session at the Sakhir circuit compared to Hamilton's 2015 pole of 1.32.671.


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