While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 2 edition

Blast hits Istanbul metro, bomb suspected

A station on the Istanbul metro was on Tuesday rocked by a blast suspected to have been caused by a home-made bomb, causing panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people.

There was no word from federal officials over the cause of the blast but the local mayor and Turkish news reports said that it had likely been caused by a bomb.

The huge blast hit an overpass close to the metro station in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul.


Chinese investors buy 13 per cent stake in Man City group for $560 million

China planted its flag in the English Premier League on Tuesday as a consortium of Chinese investors bought a 13 per cent stake in Manchester City's parent company for US$400 million (S$560 million).

China Media Capital and Citic Capital have purchased the stake in City Football Group (CFG), which had previously been wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group, just weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Manchester City.

The deal, which values CFG at around US$3 billion, is part of CFG's strategy of expanding into Chinese football and reflects Xi's aim to turn his country into a "football powerhouse".


US woman charged after social media backlash over dog's taped muzzle

A woman who sparked an international furor online after posting a photo on Facebook last week of her dog with its mouth duct-taped shut has been charged with animal cruelty in North Carolina, police said.

But Katharine Lemansky, 45, will be allowed to keep the chocolate lab-mix named Brown after authorities in Cary, North Carolina, said they found no signs of injury or detectable hair loss on the dog's muzzle.

Concern for the dog spread rapidly after its photo was posted online Friday along with the caption, "This is what happens when you don't shut up!!!"


Football: Chelsea-target Mueller is 'irreplaceable' at Bayern

Chelsea are the latest Premier League club reported to be chasing Germany forward Thomas Mueller, but as far as Bayern Munich are concerned their maverick star is "irreplaceable".

According to British media reports, Jose Mourinho's Blues want to sign Mueller to replace Diego Costa, hardly surprising given the German's current goal-scoring prowess.

He has scored in each of his last five competitive outings, taking his astonishing personal haul to 20 goals in 21 outings in all competitions in 2015/16.


Singer Morrissey's debut novel wins 'Bad Sex' prize

British pop singer Morrissey's debut novel, List Of The Lost, won the award for the worst sex scene of the year on Tuesday for a passage in which two characters roll together into "one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation".

Morrissey, one-time lead singer of The Smiths, was picked for the dubious distinction of winning the tongue-in-cheek Bad Sex in Fiction Award by Britain's Literary Review magazine for his Penguin Classic book about four Boston relay runners who are cursed by an old man.