While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 29 edition

Hong Kong pro-democracy candidate Alvin Yeung wins New Territories East by-election

Hong Kong's traditional pro-democracy movement breathed a sigh of relief, as the candidate it backed - barrister Alvin Yeung - won in Sunday's legislative by-election in New Territories East.

This means that it retains a vital vetoing power for bills proposed by legislators.

However, it will have to ponder its direction going ahead, as the election results also heralded the rise of localism - hitherto a fringe political force - in Hong Kong.


Reformist gains in Iran elections clear way for business boom

Gains by reformist candidates in Iranian elections open the way for changes to economic policy that will boost foreign investment and trade with the West, businessmen and analysts said on Sunday.

Friday's vote ended more than a decade of conservative domination of the legislature and the Assembly of Experts, a body that oversees the Islamic republic's supreme leader.

The outgoing parliament, filled with hardliners suspicious of detente with the West, had acted as a brake on President Hassan Rouhani's plans to strengthen the private sector, tackle corruption and welcome foreign investors.


Football: Willy Caballero saves earn Manchester City League Cup glory

Willy Caballero proved an unlikely hero with three penalty saves as Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in a Wembley Stadium shootout on Sunday to win the English League Cup.

The game finished 1-1 following extra time, Philippe Coutinho equalising for Liverpool in the 83rd minute after Fernandinho had put City ahead early in the second half, and Caballero took centre-stage in the shootout.

The 34-year-old Argentine, who deputises for Joe Hart in cup competitions, saved penalties from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and substitute Adam Lallana and although Fernandinho hit the post with his spot-kick, Yaya Toure stroked home the decisive penalty to give City victory.


Football: Teenager Marcus Rashford inspires Manchester United win over Arsenal

Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford took his tally to four goals in two games as Manchester United compromised Arsenal's Premier League title bid with a rousing 3-2 victory on Sunday.

The 18-year-old, who had scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday, also set up a goal for Ander Herrera as Louis van Gaal's side closed to within three points of the Champions League places.

Arsenal, who scored through Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil, were left five points below leaders Leicester City, while Tottenham Hotspur moved three points above them by coming from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1.


Some fans elated, others disappointed with Madonna's first ever concert in Singapore

Reactions to Madonna's first ever concert in Singapore were decidely mixed. Some in the audience lauded her performance and while others expressed disappointment with the Material Girl's first outing in the Republic.

Pop star Stefanie Sun, who has seen Madonna live before once in Tokyo, said: "I'm very happy I came. The music was so good!"

She especially loved all the rearrangements of classic songs. The show had a trap version, a type of hip hop music that is very popular now, of Material Girl, among other remixes and rearrangements of her earlier material.