While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 22 edition

US: ‘Imminent threat’ against Americans in Saudi’s Jeddah

The US government issued an urgent warning that it has information about a possible attack against its citizens in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

The State Department said the US embassy had “received reports of a potential, imminent threat against US citizens in areas of Jeddah frequented by Westerners, such as markets, restaurants and shopping malls, among others.”

The security message, published online and sent to US travellers registered with department, did not give further details on the reported threat, but reiterated existing guidance for visitors to Saudi Arabia.


Michelle Obama channels inner Beyonce for Carpool Karaoke TV sketch

Already famous for her toned arms, we now know Michelle Obama has pipes to match.

The First Lady toured the White House grounds with Late Late Show TV host and British comedian James Corden for his Carpool Karaoke segment, belting out hits like Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours and Beyonce's Single Ladies.

The sing-along session - a recurring bit on the late-night talk show that's featured stars like Justin Bieber, Adele and Elton John - included banter about the Obama family's secret service code names, Snapchat and life after the White House.


US seeks extradition of alleged boss of Kickass Torrents piracy site

The US confirmed it was seeking the extradition of the alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, on charges of distributing over US$1 billion (S$1.3 billion) worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

A day earlier, the US Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin, 30, who was arrested in Poland and is wanted by American authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges.

Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media.


Liam Payne latest from One Direction to go solo

Liam Payne of One Direction revealed that he is working on a solo album, becoming the latest member of the boy band sensations to pursue his own career.

The 22-year-old heartthrob took to Twitter to announce that he had signed to Capitol Records to record his debut solo album.

"One Direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings," Payne said.


Football: Pogba agent says United world record deal not done

Paul Pogba's agent denied  that a potential world record transfer sending the France star to Manchester United from Juventus had been finalised as Jose Mourinho looks to reinforce the Premier League giants.

United have reportedly had an £86 million offer (S$154 million) turned down by the Italian champions as they try to lure France international Pogba back to Old Trafford four years after allowing him to leave on a free transfer.

But Mourinho's side are expected to return with an improved bid that approaches Juventus's £100 million asking price, after United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met Pogba's agent Mino Raiola to thrash out personal terms this week.