While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 6 edition

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan


A powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday near the city of Tainan, triggering at least one partial building collapse and other damages but no reports as yet of deaths or serious injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.4 quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.7, was centred 43km south-east of Tainan, a city of nearly two million people.

Taiwan’s China Post newspaper said on its website that more than one building collapsed in the quake. The Liberty Times reported that one of the collapsed buildings was a residential complex.


Three die in Colombia after contracting Zika, developing nerve disorder

Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths.

Guillain-Barre is a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system.

Cases of the syndrome, which causes weakness and sometimes paralysis, have increased in tandem with the outbreak of the Zika virus currently sweeping Latin America.


Thieving monkey bound and caged in India's Mumbai

The captured monkey, its arms tied tightly behind its back, sits crouched over in a Mumbai residential colony trying with its teeth to untie the cord bound around its ankles.

But this primate - caught just moments ago by a professional monkey catcher in India's commercial capital - isn't going anywhere for a while, other than straight into a cage.

The wild macaque was caged after locals said it had been causing a nuisance for over six months, including stealing food and tearing up pillows that were on sale in one of the colony's shops.


Construction crane collapses in Manhattan, killing at least one

A massive construction crane collapsed in downtown Manhattan during the busy morning rush on Friday, killing at least one person and crushing a line of parked cars, officials said.

Workers were lowering the crane intending to secure it as winds approached of 40kmh when it collapsed, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency responders rushed to the scene after the crane fell just before 8.30am EST during a swirling snowstorm. It flipped upside down and stretched nearly two city blocks.


Football: Manchester City announce pre-season visit to China

Manchester City on Friday announced they will visit China as part of their pre-season preparations with impending new manager Pep Guardiola.

The news comes two months after a consortium of high-profile Chinese investors acquired a 13 per cent stake in the club's holding company the City Football Group.

Full details are yet to be revealed but the matches City play will be in the International Champions Cup, a prestigious friendly tournament series which annually features some of the world's glamour clubs.