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

Asean leaders accept Obama invitation to Sunnylands summit

South-east Asian leaders have accepted an invitation from US President Barack Obama to meet for a summit in the Californian resort of Sunnylands early next year, a spokesman for the White House's National Security Council said.

Obama extended the invitation to the leaders of the 10-nation Association of South-east Asian Nations during a visit to Asia last month.

The United States is keen to promote Asean unity in the face of increasingly assertive behaviour by China in pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.


Rescued migrant scores big win in Spain's Christmas lottery

An unemployed Senegalese man who was rescued by the Spanish coastguard after making a risky journey from Morocco eight years ago on a packed wooden boat won €400,000 (S$600,000) in Spain's annual Christmas lottery.

The man, identified only by his first name Ngame, was one of the holders of one of the 1,600 tickets with the winning number - 79140 - in Tuesday's massive draw, regional daily newspaper La Voz de Almeria reported.

The tickets had been sold in the southern beach city of Roquetas de Mar in the province of Almeria where the 35-year-old lives with his wife, who joined him on the crossing to Spain.


Football: Embattled Van Gaal storms out of United press conference


Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal showed signs of cracking under pressure as he stormed out of a media briefing after becoming annoyed by questions about his future.

Van Gaal has reportedly been given two games to save his job after United’s miserable six-match winless run cost his side their place in the Champions League and saw them drop out of the Premier League’s top four.

Rumours have been rife this week that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is about to be sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was dismissed by Chelsea last Thursday.


South Korean 'superdads' on paternity leave break with tradition

It's a weekday morning and Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children, classical music playing in the background.

Fathers like Chung, who has taken a year of paternity leave from his job in sales with a big foreign company, were once so rare in male-dominated South Korea that they are called "superdads". But their ranks are growing.

Reality television shows such as Return of Superman featuring male celebrities taking care of their children are credited with helping lure fathers into being more hands-on.


Artist's puzzle sparks panda-monium on social media

It's a picture creating panda-monium on the Internet.

Illustrator Gergely Dudas, who goes by the pen name Dudolf, last week posted a drawing to his Facebook page, challenging readers to spot a panda in an army of snowmen.

The Where's Wally-style cartoon was liked by 42,000 people and shared 100,000 times within days, with many struggling to find the panda at all.