While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 22 edition

Pop music superstar Prince dies at his Paisley Park estate, age 57

US music superstar Prince, whose hits included Purple Rain and Kiss, was found unresponsive on Thursday at his Minnesota home and was later declared dead, his publicist said. He was 57.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died,"said publicist Anna Meacham.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing sources close to the star, was first to report Prince's death at the home in Paisley Park, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.


Global leaders agree to set price on carbon pollution

Six world leaders and the heads of powerful multilateral organisations agreed Thursday to push for broader implementation of carbon pricing schemes to accelerate the fight against global warming.

The leaders of Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, Ethiopia and Chile, along with the IMF, World Bank, and OECD, pressed for the use of carbon pricing to cover 25 per cent of global emissions within four years, double the current level.

And they want pricing to cover 50 per cent of all emissions within one decade. They said faster and wider implementation is needed to achieve the goal of limiting the rise in the average global temperature to below 2.0C above pre-industrial levels.


Japan quake property damage could total $4.7 billion

Economic property damage from last week's earthquakes in Japan could cost up to US$3.5 billion (S$4.71 billion), modelling firm RMS said on Thursday (April 21).

The death toll has reached 48 from last week's earthquakes in the Kumamoto area of southwestern Japan. The first quake hit late last Thursday and the largest, at magnitude 7.3, some 27 hours later.

RMS said the losses could range from US$2.5-3.5 billion. Its estimates did not include business interruption, damage to infrastructure or damage to Kumamoto Castle, it said in a statement.


Ex-UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri quits India think-thank amid 'sex pest' claims

Former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri said Thursday that he quit his Indian think-tank to pursue other interests, at a time when he is facing allegations of sexual harassment.

The 75-year-old faces several police charges including sexual harassment, after a female employee at his New Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) filed a complaint last year accusing him of sending inappropriate texts and emails.

Pachauri announced late Thursday that his term had ended last month at TERI, which he had been heading for more than three decades.


Football: Alexis Sanchez double lifts Arsenal over West Bromwich and into third place

A resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice against West Bromwich Albion to lift Arsenal above Manchester City into third place in the Premier League on Thursday.

The Chilean took his tally to five goals in four games with a brace before halftime to lighten the mood at The Emirates where Arsenal were booed off last weekend after a disappointing draw with Crystal Palace.

Sanchez turned sharply to shoot past West Brom keeper Ben Foster after six minutes and struck again with a free kick shortly before halftime to put the hosts in control.


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