While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 20 edition

Olympics: Swimmer Ryan Lochte apologises over Rio 'robbery' story

Star US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologised to Brazil for inventing a story that he and three teammates were mugged during the Olympics, as one of them paid US$10,800 (S$14,600) to avoid charges.

The US gold medal-winning swimmers hoped to draw a line under the scandal that erupted when Lochte went public with a shocking report of how the four were mugged on their way back from a party in Rio de Janeiro.

The claim that a man posing as a police officer held them up at gunpoint and forced them to the ground sparked a media frenzy and pushed Brazilian Olympic authorities into an embarrassed apology.

But after police declared the story was fabricated – saying all that happened was that the swimmers were subdued by security after getting drunk and vandalising a gas station bathroom – the now discredited Lochte finally came clean.


FBI asked Macau billionaire if partner was Chinese agent, according to court records

The FBI last year questioned a Macau billionaire charged with participating in a bribery scheme at the United Nations about whether one of his partners was involved with Chinese foreign intelligence, according to court records.

A transcript of a Federal Bureau of Investigation interview of Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng following his 2015 arrest was filed in federal court in Manhattan last week by his lawyers.

In a motion, they noted FBI agents questioned Ng on whether he knew if a business associate, Qin Fei, was a Chinese agent or had contact with Chinese intelligence. The Wall Street Journal first reported Qin’s link to the case on Friday.


New York nabs global property crown from London on Brexit fears

New York has knocked out London as the world's premier city for foreign investment in commercial real estate due to fears the vote to leave the European Union will diminish the British capital's appeal as a global financial centre.

Data on cross-border property transactions indicate greater unease among investors prior to the referendum, which voters unexpectedly approved on June 23, than had been captured in the capital markets prior to the vote.

Cross-border capital flows into London real estate fell 44 per cent in this year's first six months from the same period in 2015, according to data from brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle.


Football: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba shine as Manchester United sink Southampton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford, with the world's most expensive player Paul Pogba making his second Premier League debut for the home side.

Ibrahimovic, playing his first home game for United, opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he leapt above Jose Fonte to firmly head in a cross by Wayne Rooney.

The 34-year-old Swede added a second from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after substitute Jordy Clasie fouled Luke Shaw as he drove into the box, guaranteeing victory for manager Jose Mourinho on his Old Trafford debut.


Olympics: Tense Malaysia gifts badminton doubles gold to China

Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan held firm in a furious men’s doubles final to win the title for China after their Malaysian opponents froze twice when within reach of grabbing their nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Malaysia’s Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong had two match points in a nail-biting finish to the 16-21 21-11 23-21 thriller but agonisingly, for hundreds of their shrieking fans at the Riocentro, they blew both of them by duffing serves into the net.

Fu and Zhang could hardly believe their luck and closed out the decider abruptly on their first match point when Tan netted in a brief front-court exchange.