While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 7 edition

Man yelling 'Allahu Akbar!' wounds two Belgian police in machete attack

A machete-wielding man yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi, in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist act.

The attacker was shot by a third officer and subsequently died of his wounds, but the police officers were out of danger, police said.

Reports said the attacker had taken out a machete when two officers asked to search him at a checkpoint set up outside the city’s police headquarters as part of security measures imposed after major Islamist attacks in the last nine months in Belgium and neighbouring France.


Olympics: Chen Feng bows out of table tennis singles

Singapore table tennis player Chen Feng's first Olympics lasted just 40 minutes or so, after he lost in his opening match in the singles.

The world No. 117 was beaten 4-11, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11 by Finland's Benedek Olah at RioCentro Pavilion 3.

Up against a 1.93m and higher ranked (No. 70) opponent, Chen said the nerves of playing his first Olympics got the better of him.


Olympics: Police detonate backpack near cycling race finish line

A loud blast shook the media seats near the finishing line of the men’s cycling road race on the first day of the Rio Olympics when Brazil’s bomb squad detonated an unattended backpack, amid tight security at South America’s first Games.

A Reuters witness reported seeing bomb squad agents in protective clothing operating near the area where media were seated on the boulevard of Copacabana beach.

A spokeswoman for the public security department said that officials believe the bag may have belonged to a homeless man, but protocol requires any unattended objects to be destroyed.


Olympics: French gymnast Ait Said suffers horrific leg injury

French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered an horrific leg injury in men’s qualifying at the Olympics as German all-around champion Andreas Toba pulled out of the Games with a knee injury.

The 26-year-old Ait Said snapped the lower part of his left leg after landing badly while competing in the vault in the Rio Olympic Arena.

He fell to the mat in agony clutching the back of his knee and the lower part of his leg, which visibly flopped to one side to gasps of horror from the crowd.


Dozens injured at Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa US concert as railing collapses


At least 42 people were injured after a railing collapsed at a Snoop Dogg concert in New Jersey, police said.

The rap superstar was performing with fellow hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa in the northeastern state when the metal railing caved under the weight of attendees leaning against it.

Footage uploaded to social media shows concert-goers tumbling atop each other toward the foot of the stage.