While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 13 edition

Clintons earned $14.5 million in 2015, paid 34.2 per cent federal tax rate

Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax returns, which showed the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband had US$10.75 million (S$14.5 million) in income that year and paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 per cent.

In 2015, the Clintons made US$1 million in charitable contributions, mostly to the Clinton Foundation.

Former president Bill Clinton brought in nearly US$5.3 million in speaking fees, and the former secretary of state reported income of US$3 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for her book on her tenure at the State Department.

"Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency," Clinton campaign aide Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement. "In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns."


Uproar over French resort burqini ban

Anti-racism organisations and human rights groups vowed to overturn a "deeply worrying" ban on the wearing of burqinis - full-body swimsuits - on the beaches of Cannes, the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival.

Cannes' mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling that "access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism," which is a founding principle of the French republic.

SOS Racisme attacked what it said was the mayor's "strategy of tension".


Football: Messi says he will return to Argentina squad

Star striker Lionel Messi will return to play for the Argentine national team for “love” of his country, despite earlier vowing to retire in frustration.

The 29-year-old Barcelona superstar abruptly announced his international retirement in tears after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on June 26.

“A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great,” he said on Friday in a statement released by his management company.


Olympics: Egyptian booed for not shaking hands with Israeli after judo match

Egypt's Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Games, drawing boos from the crowd.

El Shehaby, 32, had been reportedly pressured by fans in social media not to show up for his scheduled fight with his Israeli opponent because it would shame Islam, but he decided not to withdraw from the match.

After Sasson had defeated El Shehaby and the two retook their places in front of the referee, Sasson bowed and approached El Shehaby to shake his hand but the Egyptian backed away.


Olympics: Singapore women's table tennis team off to winning start against Egypt

Days after being booted out of the singles, Singapore's women paddlers found their winning ways at the Olympics again.

Feng Tianwei and Co opened their campaign in the team event with a 3-0 route over Egypt for a place in the quarter-finals. None of the three matches in the tie took more than 25 minutes.

Yu Mengyu, playing the first singles, beat Dina Meshref 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 before Feng's 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 win over Nadeen El-Dawlatly.