While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 24 edition

Senator Lindsey Graham destroys his cellphone in a YouTube video after Donald Trump gave out his number.
Senator Lindsey Graham destroys his cellphone in a YouTube video after Donald Trump gave out his number.YOUTUBE

US slaps sanctions on North Korea-linked, Singapore-based shipping firm

The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on a Singapore-based shipping firm and its president, alleging they are supporting illicit arms imports into North Korea.

The Treasury Department said that Senat Shipping Company was providing extensive support to Ocean Maritime Management Company, a North Korean company that already was under sanctions.

It also designated Senat's president, Leonard Lai, and identified as "blocked property" the "Dawnlight", a vessel owned by Senat.


Nasa discovers Earth-like planet orbiting 'cousin' of Sun

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa said Thursday.

Not only is this planet squarely in the Goldilocks zone - where life could exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water - its star looks like an older cousin of our Sun, the US space agency said.

That means the planet, which is 1,400 light-years away, could offer a glimpse into the Earth's apocalyptic future, scientists said.


US senator hits back at Trump cellphone prank with YouTube video

After Donald Trump tweaked Republican rival Lindsey Graham by publicly giving out his cellphone number, the South Carolina senator went on You Tube to show how many ways he could destroy his old school flip-phone.

A video shows Graham hacking, grinding, crushing, smashing, and burning black cellphones to the strains of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

He uses a cleaver, a blender, a cinderblock, a golf club, a toaster oven, a barbecue grill before finally tossing a cellphone off the top of the building.


Taylor Swift apologises in MTV award row

Pop superstar Taylor Swift apologised on Thursday to rapper Nicki Minaj after striking a rare false note in an online row over the MTV Video Music Awards nominations.

Minaj had charged that her Anaconda was passed over for Video of the Year due to bias against African-American women, with the music industry preferring "very slim" women.


20 unfinished Michael Jackson tracks stored on sound engineer's computer

Michael Jackson's sound engineer said on Thursday he has 20 unfinished tracks by the late pop star on his computer - but he isn't allowed to let anyone hear them.

"I don't have the right to write the song titles or to let people hear them for the moment," Michael Durham Prince told the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Under an agreement, Sony can bring out up to seven albums over a decade, including new or remixed Michael Jackson songs.