While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 16 edition

Turkey army says it has seized power; PM says elected government still in charge

Turkey’s military said it had seized power, but the prime minister said the attempted coup would be put down.

If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the elected government remained in office. President Erdogan, who did not immediately address the nation but who was reported to be "safe", later said the uprising was an attempt by a military minority.


Attack in Nice: With 84 dead, France investigates whether truck attacker acted alone

French authorities were trying to determine whether a Tunisian who killed at least 84 people by ploughing a truck into Bastille Day crowds had acted alone or with accomplices, but said the attack bore the hallmarks of Islamist militants.

At least 10 children were among the dead. Of the scores of injured, 25 were on life support, authorities said on Friday.

Witness Franck Sidoli said he had watched people mown down before the truck finally stopped just 5m away from him. “A woman was there, she lost her son. Her son was on the ground, bleeding,” he told Reuters at the scene.


Attack in Nice: Handsome but 'frightening', truck driver had run-ins with the law

Described by his neighbours as a handsome but “frightening” man, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed at least 84 people in the French city of Nice by driving his truck into a crowd, had run-ins with the law but was not on militant watch lists.

While a history of threats, violence and theft had brought him to the attention of police, Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Nice resident born in Tunisia, was not French intelligence services’ list of suspected militants.

He was convicted for the first time in March this year, for road rage, French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said. “There was an altercation between him and another driver and he hurled a wooden pallet at the man,” Urvoas told reporters.


India's 'gold man' beaten to death: Report

An Indian businessman who made headlines in 2013 for purchasing one of the world's most expensive shirts made entirely of gold has been beaten to death in western India, according to a report.

Datta Phuge gained fame when he ordered a customised gold shirt worth 12.7 million rupees, around US$240,000 (S$320,000) at the time. It was made up of 14,000 pieces of 22-carat gold, weighed 3.32kg and was put together by 15 craftsmen over 16 days.

Police said Phuge, believed to be in his mid-40s, was attacked and killed by 12 assailants brandishing stones and sharp weapons on Thursday night after one of the suspects had invited him for a party.


Olympics: Canada's Milos Raonic withdraws from Rio, cites Zika

Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic said he was withdrawing from the Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus, dealing another blow to the tennis tournament in Rio.

The world number seven from Canada, who was defeated by Andy Murray in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, said he had taken the decision “with a heavy heart”.

“After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus. “This was a difficult, personal choice and I do not wish for it to impact the decision of any other athlete heading to the Games.”