While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 28 edition

Was a stunt gone wrong behind teen's death at Orchard Central?

Was Jonathan Chow Hua Guang attempting a stunt for a Snapchat video before falling to his death from a linkway between Orchard Central and Orchard Gateway?

A 15-second CCTV video of the incident circulated online shows Jonathan jumping over the railing last Friday (Feb 24), while a girl at the scene is seen holding up her right hand and then appearing to panic as she looks over the railing.

The girl - who only gave her name as Ruth - turned up at the wake on Monday (Feb 27) night and spoke about the circumstances leading to the incident, said Jonathan's friends.


Donald Trump promises 'historic' increase of US$54 billion in military budget

US President Donald Trump teased a budget plan Monday that includes a nearly 10 per cent increase in defence spending and a "large reduction" in foreign aid.

Previewing measures aimed at backing up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a "public safety and national security" focused fiscal plan.

An administration official said that Trump's plan would include a US$54 billion (S$76 billion) increase in defence spending and a corresponding decrease in non-military programs.


WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 'priority pathogens'

New antibiotics need to be developed urgently to combat 12 families of bacteria, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, describing these "priority pathogens" as the greatest threats to human health.

The United National health agency said many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics.

The bugs "have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment" the WHO said, and can also pass on genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant.


'Surprised' astronomers find two-star system resembling Star Wars planet Tatooine

Astronomers said Monday they had found hints of a planetary system closely resembling that of Tatooine, the home of Star Wars jedi Luke Skywalker, orbiting a duo of suns.

The evidence came in the form of seemingly rocky debris orbiting two stars - a white dwarf and a brown dwarf - in a system called SDSS 1557 some 1,000 light years away.

The "debris appears to be rocky and suggests that terrestrial planets like Tatooine.... might exist in the system", said a statement from University College London (UCL), which took part in the study.


Oscars 'In Memoriam' segment shows photo of Australian producer who is alive

 An Australian film producer has a message for those who noticed her in the in memoriam montage in the Academy Awards on Sunday night: She is alive and well.

The shocking best picture mix-up wasn't the only Oscars night flub.

The image of the producer, Jan Chapman, was mistakenly shown in the segment, which honors members of the movie industry who have died, in a tribute for Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer. Patterson, who had been nominated for an Oscar four times, died in October. Chapman is not dead.