While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 1 edition

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

The United States blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticised for taking an easier line on Thailand.

Announcing the release of the State Department's annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and not political favour.

But activists - while welcoming the designation of Myanmar and Uzbekistan to the worst category of wrongdoer - complained that US allies Thailand and Malaysia got off relatively lightly.


Palestinian kills US-Israeli girl, 13, in her West Bank home

A Palestinian attacker fatally stabbed a US-Israeli teenager in her home at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards.

The Israeli army said the young Palestinian killed the 13-year-old in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the flashpoint city of Hebron.

Security personnel rushed to the house and fired on the attacker, who wounded a guard before being shot dead.


US man claims Apple owes him a fortune for iPhone idea

A Florida man who claims Apple made a killing with his iPhone idea is suing the technology giant seeking billions of dollars.

A lawsuit filed in a federal court in Florida this week by Thomas Ross argued that Apple "hijacked and exploited" a design he came up with in 1992 for an "electronic reading device".

He is demanding damages of no less than US$11 billion (S$14.8 billion) and another US$10 billion in restitution, as well as at least 1.5 per cent of Apple's worldwide gross sales going forward "as a reasonable royalty".


Signs of 'healing' ozone layer over Antarctic: Study

The hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic has begun to shrink, signaling good news for the environment decades after an international accord to phase out certain pollutants, researchers said.

The study found that the ozone hole had shrunk by four million sq km – an area about the size of India – since 2000.

“It’s a big surprise,” said lead author Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in an interview with Science magazine.


Football: I'm joining Manchester United says Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season.

Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after ending a hugely successful stay at Paris Saint-Germain, becomes the second signing of new United boss Jose Mourinho after that of highly rated Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly from the Spanish outfit Villarreal.

"Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United," he wrote on Instagram and Facebook, complete with a picture of the United badge, as comments approving of the move - one of the biggest of the summer so far - flooded in.