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

US President Barack Obama gets emotional as he delivers a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on Jan 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC.
US President Barack Obama gets emotional as he delivers a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on Jan 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC.PHOTO: AFP

Obama weeps as he pleads for ‘urgency’ of gun control


US President Barack Obama wept openly as he urged America to wake up to the need to tackle the gun violence that claims tens of thousands of lives in the country each year.

Flanked by survivors of the gun violence that kills around 30,000 Americans every year, and relatives of those killed, Obama became emotional as he remembered 20 elementary school children shot dead three years ago in Newtown, Connecticut.

It proved to be the emotional moment of a speech that was meant to defend the latest attempt by the President to try and rein in the gun violence problem in the US.


Football: Irfan Fandi, 18, signs one-year deal with S-League side Home United

Irfan Fandi, the eldest son of Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad, has signed a one-year deal with S-League club Home United.

The 18-year-old 1.88m-tall striker played for the Courts Young Lions last year, scoring two goals in nine appearances for the team who are essentially the national Under-23 squad.

He told The Straits Times yesterday: "I feel that I need to move on in order to develop myself better as a player.


Apple launches limited edition Chinese New Year special Apple Watch models

With Chinese New Year (CNY) about a month away, tech giant Apple has introduced two limited edition Apple Watch models that are exclusive to this part of the world.

These CNY Apple Watch Sport models, available in 38mm and 42mm, feature the gold aluminium and silver aluminium cases and are paired with a red Sport Band. Current Apple Watch Sport models do not have a red Sport Band pairing as an option.

The CNY gold Apple Watch version's red band will come with a matching gold aluminium pin instead of the regular silver pin. This full gold-red colour combination symbolises good fortune in the Chinese tradition, and will probably be the more popular watch of the two.


Football: Wayne Rooney named England Player of the Year

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been voted England's Player of the Year for the fourth time after breaking his country's scoring record, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old took his England tally to 51 goals, breaking Bobby Charlton's longstanding record of 49, and top-scored with seven goals as Roy Hodgson's side qualified for Euro 2016 with a perfect record of 10 wins.

Rooney, England's captain, received 37 per cent of the votes in a poll of England Supporters Club members. He previously won the award in 2008, 2009 and 2014.


Saudi-Iran crisis unlikely to lead to war: Analysts

The escalating standoff between Iran and Saudi Arabia may raise instability in the Middle East, but it will probably not become a direct military confrontation, experts and diplomats say.

Riyadh has severed all ties with Teheran, withdrawn its diplomats and cut air links in response to weekend attacks on its missions in the Islamic republic.

The assaults on the Saudi embassy in Teheran and consulate in Mashhad followed vehement Iranian criticism of Sunni Saudi Arabia for executing leading Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr after convicting him of "terrorism".