While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 17 edition

Turkey rounds up plot suspects after thwarting coup against Erdogan

Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple President Tayyip Erdogan.

Among those detained were top military commanders, including the head of the Second Army which protects the country’s borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran, state-run Anadolu news agency said. Hundreds of soldiers were held in Ankara for alleged involvement in the coup, leaving police stations overflowing.

The government declared the situation under control, saying 2,839 people had been rounded up, from foot soldiers to senior officers, including those who formed “the backbone” of the rebellion.


Attack in Nice: Truck driver ‘a violent depressive who never went to mosque’

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was a petty criminal prone to depression and violence who smoked, drank and never went to the mosque, according to neighbours and family.

The Tunisian delivery driver, who on Thursday evening smashed a 19-tonne lorry into a crowd killing 84 people, including 10 children, had shown no overt signs of radicalistaion.

“He didn’t pray, he didn’t fast, he drank alcohol,” his father said. “He even took drugs.”


Donald Trump introduces V-P pick Mike Pence as ‘solid’ and a unifier

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate, describing the Indiana governor as a job creator and budget balancer who will help unify the party.

In a bid to broaden his appeal to a fractured Republican electorate, Trump presented "solid" Pence as a perfect complement for the White House: a veteran of government who can guide an outsider, a man with a Midwestern sensibility and strong Republican credentials.

In a rambling 29-minute speech that often deviated from prepared remarks, Trump spoke at length about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and his own proposals before interrupting himself by saying, “Back to Mike Pence” and offering his motivation for the selection.


Olympics: Tennis world No. 8 Berdych, No. 16 Pliskova join pull-outs over Zika

Czech tennis stars, world number eight Tomas Berdych and 16th-ranked Karolina Pliskova, joined the growing band of players pulling out of the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus.

Their decision came just a day after top 10 stars Milos Raonic and Simona Halep also withdrew over similar health fears.

“As I have founded a family recently, to limit health risks towards my nearest is the utmost priority,” said Berdych on social media.


Golf: Stenson eyes major glory, at long last

Henrik Stenson admits he is desperate to go out and “finish the job” as he takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the British Open at Royal Troon.

The 40-year-old Swede has never won a major despite several near misses in his career but he put himself in pole position with a superb 68 in blustery conditions.

That left him at 12 under par for the championship and allowed him to leapfrog Phil Mickelson, whose round of 70 left him at 11-under, at the top of the leaderboard ahead of the finale.