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

US President Donald Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office at the White House, Feb 23, 2017.
US President Donald Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office at the White House, Feb 23, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it 'top of the pack'

President Donald Trump said he wants to build up the US nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose actions.

In his first comments about the US nuclear arsenal since taking office on Jan 20, Trump said the United States has "fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity."

"It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack," Trump said.


Plane skids on Dutch runway after landing gear collapses in raging winds


A passenger plane skidded along a runway at Amsterdam's busy airport as its landing gear collapsed on hitting the ground during heavy winds, but no passengers were injured, officials told AFP.

Video images of the Flybe plane carrying 59 passengers and crew from Edinburgh showed the plane struggling to stay on course as it came in to land at Schiphol airport, with The Netherlands buffeted by a strong winter storm.

The plane came to rest on the runway, but with its right wing tipped over to the side close to the grass. Airport officials said they were still investigating the cause of the incident.


Football: Champions Leicester sack manager Ranieri

Premier League champions Leicester City sacked Italian manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday (Feb 23) with the Midlands team still in the Champions League but hovering near the relegation zone.

Ranieri, whose side are a point and a place above the bottom three, leaves Leicester less then a year after clinching a remarkable English title triumph that stunned the soccer world.

Ranieri had come under pressure following Leicester's amazing title success, with the team battling relegation amid media reports suggesting that he had lost the dressing room.


Football: Wayne Rooney says he's staying at Man United

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China.

“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said in a statement.

British media had reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in China to see if he could negotiate a deal for the England forward to leave United and join the fast-growing Chinese Super League.


Pregnant Beyonce pulls out of Coachella music festival

Pregnant singer Beyonce pulled out of performing at California's Coachella music festival in April, citing doctor's orders.

The Formation singer, 35, who is expecting twins, will however headline the event in 2018, organisers said.

Beyonce was due to headline the annual festival in the Southern California desert on April 15 and April 22. It was not clear who would replace her.