While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 12 edition

Germany mulling five-year 'temporary Grexit' plan: European source

Germany has drawn up plans for a temporary five-year Greek exit from the euro if it fails to improve its bailout proposals, a European source told AFP on Saturday as euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels.

“It’s an internal paper, it was not distributed today (at the euro zone meeting). There were two options: an improvement of the proposals, or temporary ‘Grexit’,” said the source, who had seen the paper.

Hardline Germany is leading a chorus of scepticism as euro zone finance ministers study leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ new reform plan for a third rescue package worth more than 80 billion euros (S$120 billion).


Serbian PM forced to flee Srebrenica massacre memorial

Serbia’s prime minister was forced to flee a ceremony held to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, when mourners hurled stones and bottles at him in what his government later described as an attempted assassination.

Bodyguards surrounded Aleksandar Vucic and rushed him away through a crowd that turned on him moments after he entered the cemetery and laid flowers to 8,000 Muslim men and boys executed after the UN safe haven fell to Bosnian Serb forces towards the end of the 1992-1995 war.

Stones and bottles were thrown from the crowd, some of whom were heard to cry “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), in an attack underscoring the depth of anger over Belgrade’s denial of the massacre as genocide.


Tennis: Serena makes history with sixth Wimbledon win

Serena Williams won a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday as the world No. 1 became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam crown with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final.

At 33 years and 289 days, Serena surpasses Martina Navratilova as the oldest player to win Wimbledon, and any of the other three Grand Slams, in the Open era.

Serena’s sixth Wimbledon crown brought with it a slew of other remarkable landmarks that underline her credentials as one of the greatest female athletes of all time.


Boyband singer collapses wearing 12 layers of clothing on flight

A British boyband singer collapsed with heat exhaustion during a flight while wearing 12 layers of clothing in a bid to beat the excess luggage fee, he said Saturday.

James McElvar, 19, from the Scottish group Rewind, was about to board an easyJet flight from London Stansted to Glasgow on Wednesday when he was told he had one carry-on bag too many.

With his bandmates already aboard and just minutes to spare, he made a foolhardy snap decision, emptying his rucksack and donning the entire contents.


Turkey theologian talks oral sex, TV host has laughing fit

A star Turkish television host's interview with a theologian went viral on social media on Saturday after the presenter collapsed into laughter when the religion expert soberly explained how "advanced" oral sex was proscribed under Islam.

Pelin Cift, presenting her show late Friday on state-run television's main channel TRT 1, kept a straight face as theologian Ali Riza Demircan explained what sexual practices were "haram" (forbidden) for Muslims under Islam.

Resting her hand on her chin, she listened as Demircan said in a monotone voice that anal sex, let alone sadism, were not allowed for couples. But already trying not to laugh, she could no longer restrain herself when Demircan went on to declare in the same monotone that "oral sex in advanced dimensions" between couples was also "haram".