While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 27 edition

Football: I could quit Man United, says embattled Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal said that he could jump before he is pushed after his position as Manchester United manager became even more precarious following a fourth successive defeat.

The under-fire Dutchman, 64, looked like a condemned man throughout United's sorry 2-0 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and then in the inquest that took place afterwards.

When grilled about the firestorm of speculation surrounding his likely sacking and the possible appointment of Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal intimated that he may be about to walk away from a job that has undergone a dramatic downturn in fortunes in the past month.


Austrian police say European capitals have been warned of possible pre-new year attack

Vienna police said on Saturday a “friendly” intelligence service had warned European capitals of the possibility of a shooting or bomb attack before New Year, prompting police across the continent to increase security measures.

“Several possible names of potential attackers were mentioned, which were checked, and the investigation based on (these checks) has so far yielded no concrete results,” Vienna police said in a statement.

The police asked Austrians for their understanding of the need for more security controls.


British couple clone puppies from their dead dog in first-of-its-kind case

A British couple have made history by having puppies cloned from their dead pet using tissue that was taken two weeks after it died.

The previous limit for dog cloning was five days after death.

Laura Jacques, 29, and Richard Remde 43, were grief stricken when their boxer dog, Dylan, died at the age of eight in June, having been diagnosed earlier this year with a brain tumour.


Perfume 'inspired by Putin' launched in Russian department store

A perfume inspired by Russian president Vladimir Putin has gone on sale in Moscow.

Called "Leaders Number One", the perfume for men costs around 6,000 roubles (S$119) and comes in a black bottle featuring a profile of Putin's head.

Vladislav Rekunov, a Belarus-born perfumer who came up with the product, described the fragrance: "It’s a warm scent, a textured scent. It’s soft but at the same time it’s very firm."

According to the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, the perfume has notes of lemon, bergamot and blackcurrant.


Football: Hiddink denied opening Chelsea win as Oscar misses penalty

Diego Costa (above, centre) scored twice as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in Guus Hiddink's first game in charge as temporary manager.

Costa put his side ahead and his second goal mid-way through the second half rescued a point after a Troy Deeney penalty and an Odion Ighalo effort had put Watford ahead.

But had Oscar not skied a penalty high over the bar with 10 minutes remaining, Hiddink might have marked his return to west London with victory.