While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 18, 2016 edition

Three police officers shot dead in Baton Rouge, gunman killed

Three police officers were shot to death and three others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday (July 17), said police, as the country remained on edge in the wake of police shootings of black men and the killings of five Dallas officers.

The officers in Baton Rouge were responding to a call of a man with a gun when shots were fired. Two Baton Rouge police officers and one sheriff's deputy were killed.

Officials said that the gunman who was involved in the shooting was shot dead and that there were no other suspects at large.


Golf: Stenson pips Mickelson to British Open glory

Henrik Stenson held off the challenge of Phil Mickelson to win his first major at the British Open on a breathtaking final afternoon at Royal Troon on Sunday (July 17).

The Swede started the day one shot clear of Mickelson and recovered from a bogey at the first to produce a stunning major-championship record-equalling round of 63, eight under par.

His effort featured 10 birdies and took him to a 20-under total to finally win his first major by a three-stroke margin with the lowest overall score in Open history.


Erdogan says Turkey will consider reinstating death penalty

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (July 17) that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the failed attempt to overthrow his government.

"In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision," he said, reacting to crowds in Istanbul calling for capital punishment.

"We cannot delay this any more because in this country, those who launch a coup will have to pay the price for it," he told supporters after attending funerals for the putsch victims.


Cleveland on security knife edge for Republican convention

Cleveland deployed overwhelming security on Sunday (July 17), bracing for possible violent protests as delegates poured into town for the Republican National Convention that will anoint Donald Trump the party's US presidential nominee.

The killing of three police officers on Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, only added to the tensions in Cleveland, where law enforcement agencies have thrown a ring of steel around downtown.

Authorities in the city on the shores of Lake Erie have erected 2.5-metre-tall metal fencing around the Quicken Loans Arena, closed off streets and deployed thousands of armed police officers.


Venezuelan shoppers flock across border to Colombia

Thousands of Venezuelans streamed into neighbouring Colombia on Sunday (July 17) to take advantage of a temporary opening of the border to buy food and medicine unavailable at home in their country's collapsing economy.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro shut the border last year in an effort to crack down on smuggling of subsidised products. Venezuela's product shortages have since worsened, creating further incentives to buy goods in Colombia and bring them back.

A plunge in global oil prices have left the OPEC nation's government unable to maintain lavish subsidies created during the rule of late President Hugo Chavez, while currency controls have left businesses struggling to obtain raw materials and machine parts.