While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 17 edition

New York man in court charged with murdering Muslim cleric, assistant

A New York City man appeared in court and denied charges he shot and killed a Muslim cleric and his assistant on a street in the borough of Queens over the weekend.

Oscar Morel, 35, faces up to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of killing Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, in a brazen daylight attack on Saturday that horrified the neighborhood's Bangladeshi community.

"It's the most horrendous and despicable act that can only be described as a cold-blooded and premeditated assassination," prosecutor Peter McCormack told the court as relatives of the victims looked on.

"The defendant ran up behind both of them and pumped numerous bullets into them striking them both in the head... leaving them lying in the street mortally wounded," he said.


Suspect found biting off man's face at Florida murder scene

A teenager bit off pieces of the face of a slain man at the scene of a double homicide in Florida that may be linked to an addictive synthetic drug.

Police said they found Florida State University student Austin Harrouff, 19, grunting and growling as he removed the victim's flesh with his teeth late on Monday (Aug 15) in the driveway of a house in Tequesta, less than 150km north of Miami.

Harrouff allegedly had knifed the man and his wife to death and wounded their neighbour.


Olympics: Singapore table tennis players fail to retain team bronze after 1-3 loss to Japan

For the first time in three Olympics, Singapore's women's table tennis team will return home empty-handed, after falling to familiar foes Japan in the bronze medal play-off.

The Republic, seeded fourth at the Games, were beaten 3-1 in the Riocentro Pavilion 3, with Yu Mengyu responsible for the lone point earned against the second seeds.

World No. 13 Yu got things off to a promising start when she upset world No. 8 Ai Fukuhara 4-11, 11-5, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5 in the first singles of the best-of-five tie.


Football: Sergio Aguero misses two penalties, scores hat-trick in City rout

Sergio Aguero brushed off two missed penalties to score a hat-trick as Manchester City outclassed Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie in Romania.

The result means that new City coach Pep Guardiola can breathe a huge sigh of relief as the Abu Dhabi-backed club have one foot in the lucrative group stage.

David Silva fired City into a 13th-minute lead either side of two failed spot-kicks from Aguero, before the Argentine atoned with the visitors' second goal just prior to half-time.


Justin Bieber deletes Instagram account

In the 1970s, an angry, maligned rock star would throw his TV out of his hotel window, but Justin Bieber has gone for the millennial-style nuclear option - deleting his Instagram account.

The baby-faced Canadian musician, 22, committed online hara-kiri after becoming upset by a barrage of negative comments about his new friendship with Sofia Richie.

Fellow singer Selena Gomez, Bieber's former girlfriend, took the opportunity to twist the knife before the account was deleted.

"If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only," the 24-year-old posted. "Don't be mad at your fans. They love you. They were there for you before anyone."


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