While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 24 edition

US' Daniel Russel signs condolence book in Washington for S R Nathan

United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, signed the condolence book for former president S R Nathan at the Singapore embassy in Washington, DC.

Expressing his condolences on behalf of President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the American people, he said Mr Nathan "will be remembered and he will be missed".

"We admire the remarkable service as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States, as well as his tenure as President. His lifelong dedication to public service, and his personal warmth and humility, stand as an inspiration to us all," he wrote.


Brussels police hold Filipina after bus stabbing

Belgian police identified a woman who stabbed and wounded three people on a Brussels bus on Monday as a 52-year-old originally from the Philippines whom they do not believe acted from political motives.

The woman, accused of attempted murder, had yet to be questioned by prosecutors as she was receiving medical attention after being shot by police during the incident on a busy shopping street, said a spokesman on Tuesday.

Local media quoted witnesses as saying an argument broke out on the No. 38 bus and the woman pulled out a knife.


Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other US media - CNN

The FBI and other US security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organisations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported, citing unnamed US officials.

“Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organisations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organisations, the officials said,” CNN reported.

If confirmed, the breach at the Times would not be the first time foreign hackers infiltrated a news organisation: media are frequently targeted in an order to glean insights into US policies or to spy on journalists.


Football: Liverpool cruise, Chelsea squeeze through in League Cup

Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool strolled into the League Cup third round with a 5-0 win at Burton Albion, while Chelsea edged third-tier Bristol Rovers 3-2.

Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Sturridge all scored as Liverpool, last season's beaten finalists, crushed Championship side Burton, who are managed by ex-Liverpool midfielder Nigel Clough.

Michy Batshuayi marked his full Chelsea debut with a brace against Bristol Rovers, while Victor Moses was also on target as manager Antonio Conte enjoyed a third straight competitive win.


Jennifer Lawrence tops list of best-paid actresses

Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year running, with estimated pre-tax earnings of US$46 million (S$62 million).

The 26-year-old American raked in the lion's share from a profit share in the final Hunger Games movie, which grossed US$650 million, Forbes magazine said.

An upfront fee for the forthcoming space thriller Passengers also helped the 26-year-old push her pay day above second-ranked Melissa McCarthy, who pocketed US$33 million.