While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 17 edition

US lifts Iran nuclear sanctions

The United States implemented its side of the Iran nuclear deal on Saturday, lifting a raft of sanctions imposed on Teheran to rein in its weapons programme.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in Vienna to receive a report from the UN nuclear watchdog certifying that Iran had honoured its side of the bargain.

Under authority delegated to him by US President Barack Obama, he signed documents confirming the US government had received the report and waivers to implement the lifting of US Congressional sanctions.

The EU also said sanctions had been lifted.


Singapore congratulates Tsai Ing-wen on win; to maintain close ties with Taiwan based on 'one China' policy

Singapore looks forward to maintaining its close ties with Taiwan based on the Republic's consistent "one China" policy, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) following the conclusion of Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections.

"We welcome the successful conclusion of the elections in Taiwan on 16 January 2016 and congratulate Dr Tsai Ing-wen and her party on the victory," a MFA spokesman said in response to media queries.

"As a longstanding friend, Singapore looks forward to maintaining our close relations and cooperation with Taiwan based on our consistent 'One China' policy," the spokesman said.


Jordan's Queen Rania hits back at cartoon of drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi

Jordan's Queen Rania has hit back at a cartoon in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi as a grown-up refugee committing sexual offences in Germany.

The cartoon shows a pervert chasing a woman, with the caption asking: "What would have become of small Aylan if he grew up?"

"Someone who gropes asses in Germany," it added, referring to the multiple acts of sexual assault blamed on migrants on New Year's Eve.

Said the Queen on her social media accounts with a cartoon of her own: "Aylan could've been a doctor, a teacher, a loving parent."


A brother of Celine Dion dead of cancer, days after her husband died

Days after her husband and manager (above) died of cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion has lost a brother also to cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday.

Daniel Dion was 59. He was the eighth of 14 Dion siblings.

The singer’s husband, Rene Angelil, died Thursday at the age of 73 at the couple’s home in Las Vegas. Both men suffered from throat cancer.


Football: John Terry goes from own-goal zero to equalising hero in amazing Chelsea draw

Chelsea captain John Terry went from zero to hero, scoring an own goal and also grabbing a 98th-minute equaliser that was clearly offside in an extraordinary 3-3 Premier League draw with Everton on Saturday.

Manager Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten Chelsea record survived after an amazing six-goal second half that saw his side fall two goals behind, fight back to 2-2 and then seemingly throw away the points with poor defending when Everton sub Ramiro Funes Mori netted in the 90th minute.

Just as the visitors were about to hail their first win in the league at Stamford Bridge since November 1994, Terry struck deep into stoppage time with a back-heeled goal that Hiddink and furious Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez agreed was offside.