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

US President Barack Obama to make forceful pledge of US power against ISIS in address

President Barack Obama will pledge to use "every single aspect of American power" to destroy ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) during a rare Oval Office address on Sunday in an effort to reassure Americans his administration is handling the threat of terrorism forcefully.

The president will speak to Americans shortly after 9am Singapore time to discuss how the government has worked to keep the country safe since the Paris attacks and, going back further, since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Obama has come under consistent pressure from Republicans to step up his response to ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, and the shooting in San Bernardino, California last week that killed 14 people has raised fears among Americans about the threat of more attacks at home.


Turkey fury over Russian brandishing weapon on warship

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday (Dec 6) blasted as a "provocation" images of a Russian serviceman brandishing a rocket launcher as his warship passed through Turkish waters.

The alleged incident came with Ankara and Moscow at loggerheads after Turkey downed a Russian jet on its border with Syria last month, sparking fury and economic sanctions from the Kremlin.

Turkey's private NTV channel broadcast pictures of what it said was a Russian serviceman aboard the "Caesar Kunikov" with a type of rocket or missile launcher on his shoulder in the firing position.


Former US president Jimmy Carter declares he's free of cancer

Former US president Jimmy Carter told church parishioners in his native Plains, Georgia on Sunday (Dec 6) that he is free of cancer, US media reported.

The 91-year-old Nobel peace laureate and global humanitarian recently had a tumor from his liver removed, only to find four melanoma spots on his brain.

"Went for an MRI this past week and they (doctors) didn't find any cancer at all in the brain," Carter said, according to NBC News.


Man overpowered on Lufthansa flight after interfering with door

Lufthansa crew and passengers overpowered a man who interfered with a cabin door on a Frankfurt-Belgrade flight on Sunday (Dec 6), the German carrier said, insisting the safety of the plane had not been threatened.

"A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers," said airline spokesman Andreas Bartels.

"The passenger was then restrained for the remainder of the flight in his seat and handed over to the authorities in Belgrade," he said.


Football: Georginio Wijnaldum and Newcastle halt Liverpool surge in 2-0 shocker

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool resurgence ran aground on Sunday (Dec 6) as Georginio Wijnaldum inspired Newcastle United to a much-needed 2-0 home win that eased the pressure on their manager Steve McClaren.

Liverpool went into the game chasing an eighth win in nine games, which would have taken them to within three points of the Champions League places, but Wijnaldum forced an own goal by Martin Skrtel and scored himself to leave them six points adrift of the top four in seventh place.

It was only the second defeat of Klopp's 12-game tenure, but with Liverpool only mustering a single shot on target, it will douse some of the excitement created by their recent surge, which has seen them anointed potential champions in certain quarters.