While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 3 edition

 US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on March 31, 2017.
US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on March 31, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

US President Donald Trump warns 'if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will'

President Donald Trump warned in an interview published Sunday that the United States is prepared to act unilaterally to deal with North Korea's nuclear program if China proves unwilling to help.

"Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you," he said in an interview with the Financial Times of London.

Trump's comments come ahead of his meeting Thursday and Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.


Americans' right to protest is in danger, United Nations warns

In states in the US such as Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa, Republican lawmakers have proposed laws that would stiffen penalties for demonstrators who block traffic.

In Indiana, conservatives want to instruct police to use "any means necessary" to remove activists from a roadway.

In North Dakota, GOP leaders are even pushing a bill that would allow motorists to run over and kill agitators, as long as the crash was accidental.


Putin ally in Serbia Aleksandar Vucic confirms domination with presidential win

Conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won Serbia's presidential election on Sunday (April 2) by a huge margin, confirming his domination of the Balkan country balanced between the West and Russia.

Vucic, 47, avoided a run-off by taking more than 55 per cent of the vote; his nearest rival, opposition candidate and former rights advocate Sasa Jankovic, trailed on 16.2 per cent, according to a projection by the Ipsos polling group.

Vucic will take on the largely ceremonial post at the end of May, but is expected to retain de facto power through his control of Serbia's ruling Progressive Party.


Football: Arsenal held 2-2 by Manchester City as Arsene Wenger's troubles persist

Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City in a tense Premier League encounter on Sunday (April 2) and stay seven points behind the fourth-placed visitors.

Against a background of fan discontent over the form of Arsene Wenger's side as he decides his future, Arsenal were nervy from the start and fell behind in the fifth minute when Leroy Sane rounded keeper David Ospina and finished elegantly.

Theo Walcott levelled from close range in the 40th minute at the Emirates Stadium as City lost their intensity, but Sergio Aguero restored the visitors' lead two minutes later after being picked out by David Silva before finishing with aplomb.


Baldwin's Boss Baby beats Beauty in blockbuster box-office battle

The Boss Baby, Fox's animated yarn about babies and pets vying over which is cuter, edged out blockbuster Beauty and the Beast to take the lead in its opening weekend on North American screens, according to an industry estimate.

"Baby" earned a cool US$49 million ($68.4 million) for the three-day weekend, Exhibitor Relations said, nosing out Disney's "Beauty", which took in US$47.5 million to give it a huge three-week domestic total of US$395.5 million.

Critics have shown little love for "Baby," in which Alec Baldwin voices the "Boss," fighting a secret war against puppies under the noses of oblivious humans. But audiences don't seem to care.