While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 26 edition

Philippine militants behead Canadian hostage John Ridsdel

Islamist extremists have beheaded one of three foreigners they took from a high-end resort in the strife-torn southern Philippine island group of Mindanao last September, carrying out their threat to execute their hostages if they were not paid 900 million pesos (S$26 million) in ransom.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the hostage who was killed was Canadian John Ridsdel, 68, a former mining executive.

Unofficial reports sent by security forces from Jolo Island, 1,900km south of the capital Manila, said he was beheaded at around 3pm, on Monday in Patikul town on Sulu Island.


Saudi prince unveils sweeping plans to end the kingdom's 'addiction' to oil

The powerful young prince overseeing Saudi Arabia's economy unveiled ambitious plans on Monday aimed at ending the kingdom's "addiction" to oil and transforming it into a global investment power.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the world's top oil exporter expects state oil company Saudi Aramco to be valued at more than US$2 trillion (S$2.706 trillion) ahead of the sale of less than 5 per cent of it through an initial public offering (IPO).

He added that the kingdom would raise the capital of its public investment fund to 7 trillion riyals (S$2.706 trillion) from 600 billion riyals.


Cambodia's last Royal Turtles on verge of extinction

Efforts to save Cambodia's Royal Turtle, one of the world's most critically endangered species, are being hampered by dredging and illegal forest clearances, a wildlife conservation group warned Monday.

The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Cambodian government have been desperately trying to protect the tiny remaining pocket of batagur affinis turtles for more than a decade after their numbers plummeted.

But in a grim statement released Monday WCS said there were believed to be "fewer than ten" remaining in the wild and that the minute population was under threat from increased human activity in the small section of Sre Ambel river, where they still breed.


Basketball: Golden State's Stephen Curry suffers knee sprain, faces two-week layoff

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry faces at least two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a sprained right knee, the NBA champions confirmed Monday.

Curry limped off the court during Sunday's victory against the Houston Rockets, plunging Golden State's hopes of defending their NBA crown this season into uncertainty.

The reigning league MVP underwent an MRI exam on Monday to determine the exact nature of the injury.


Football: Juventus secure fifth straight Serie A crown after Napoli loss

Juventus won Serie A for the fifth season in a row without kicking a ball on Monday after Napoli, the only team that could have caught them, were sunk 1-0 by a late Radja Nainggolan goal at AS Roma.

Juventus, who have led the table since beating Napoli 1-0 in February, were left with an unassailable 12-point lead with three games each left to play as they clinched a record 32nd league title.

The match, played at a half-empty Stadio Olimpico on a sunny bank holiday afternoon, was an anti-climatic end to a season which had at one stage promised to be one of the most exciting Italian title races for years.