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

Theresa May to become Britain's next PM

Theresa May will on Wednesday become the prime minister who leads Britain’s into Brexit talks after her only rival in the race to succeed David Cameron pulled out unexpectedly.

May was left as the only contender standing after the withdrawal from the leadership race of Andrea Leadsom, who faced criticism for suggesting she was more qualified to be premier because she had children.

Cameron later announced she would take over from him on Wednesday, when he is expected to go and see Queen Elizabeth II to tender his resignation and recommend Home Secretary May as his successor.


South Sudan's president and vice-president order ceasefire after heavy fighting in capital

Both South Sudan's president and vice-president have ordered a ceasefire on Monday after a new day of heavy fighting in the capital Juba that sent thousands of people fleeing and threatened a return to civil war.

President Salva Kiir's ceasefire order on Monday evening raised hopes of an end to four days of deadly fighting between the army and ex-rebels.

"The president has reiterated his commitment to the continued implementation of the (peace) agreement in letter and spirit, and thus issues an order of cessation of hostilities with immediate effect," Information Minister Michael Makuei said on state television.


Olympics: Bolt headlines Jamaica's 63-member Rio team 

Sprint king Usain Bolt was named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races despite an injury that kept him from qualifying at trials, the Jamaican Olympic Association said on Monday.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist was forced to withdraw from his country's trials earlier this month with a hamstring injury but was allowed on Jamaica's team headed to the Rio Summer Games after applying for a medical exemption.

The inclusion of the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m on the Rio-bound Jamaican team came a day after Bolt posted a photograph from Germany of himself back in training.


Eurozone slams Spain, Portugal on excessive deficits

Eurozone finance ministers agreed on Monday to officially declare Spain and Portugal in breach of the European Union public spending rules, a key step to possibly imposing unprecedented penalties against members of the currency bloc.

The ministers took the rare step despite fears that too much austerity by Brussels will further stoke anti-EU populism after the Brexit vote.

The eurozone ministers followed the recommendation of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, which last week officially said Spain and Portugal had done too little to fix their deficits.


Man stabbed outside Jalan Besar pub; police classify case as murder

A 42-year-old man was seen being stabbed repeatedly outside a Jalan Besar pub on Monday night after an argument with another man, in a case which police have classified as murder.

Police said they received a call for assistance at 11.19pm, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene around 10 minutes later.

A 55-year-old man who wanted to be known only as Ah Huat, said he had been eating at a stall nearby and later saw the victim get stabbed thrice - in the chest, arm and leg.