While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 9 edition

Republican Donald Trump unveils economic plan to 'jump-start' United States

Republican Donald Trump said Monday he will slash taxes, block onerous financial regulations and unleash the energy sector as he pledged to "jump-start America" with a new economic plan if he is elected president.

The brash billionaire unveiled his plan during a speech in economically depressed Detroit as he tries to reset his campaign and focus on policies that draw a sharp contrast with his Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton.

"We are in a competition with the world, and I want America to win," Trump told the Detroit Economic Club, as he highlighted "disastrous" policies that he said have snuffed out US jobs in the nearly eight years of Barack Obama's presidency.


Olympics: Quah Zheng Wen qualifies for 200m fly semis

National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen rebounded from a disappointing 100m backstroke swim on Sunday to qualify for the 200m butterfly semi-finals on Monday.

The 19-year-old clocked 1:56:01 in heats 2 to finish among the top 16 competitors at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.

He was 10th fastest of the 29 participants.


Teenage girl charged with planning attack in France

A French court on Monday remanded in custody a 16-year-old girl accused of planning an attack in a country on edge following a series of brutal terror assaults, a judicial source said.

The teenager was charged with "criminal conspiracy with terrorists" and "provocation to committing terrorist acts using online communication", the source said on condition of anonymity.

Even at her young age, the "highly radicalised" girl was an administrator of a group on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.


Ten-year-old boy dies in US on world's tallest 'insane' water slide

Authorities in the US state of Kansas on Monday (Aug 9) were investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy on what is billed as the world's tallest water slide, the park said.

Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state legislator, was killed on Sunday on the Verruckt, a towering water slide at the city's Schlitterbahn water park.

"Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with," his family said in a statement.


Olympics: Thai lifters take gold, silver in women's 58kg

Thailand's Sukanya Srisurat, who previously served a two-year ban for doping, pipped compatriot Pimsiri Sirikaew to gold in the women's 58kg weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics on Monday.

Sukanya lifted an Olympic record 110kg in the snatch and 130kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 240kg, beating the silver medallist by 8kg.

The International Weightlifting Federation banned Sukanya from the sport from May 2011 to May 2013 after she tested positive as a 16-year-old for the prohibited substance methandienone, an anabolic steroid.