While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 25 edition

US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon his arrival in Kenya for a landmark visit.
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon his arrival in Kenya for a landmark visit.AFP

US President Barack Obama begins landmark Kenya visit

US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father’s birth since his election as president.

Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold bilateral talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights.

The President’s half-sister Auma was also on the tarmac to greet him and travel in the bespoke, bomb-proof presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast", for the drive to the hotel in the city centre, where he dined with members of his extended Kenyan family.


Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto

Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers have been glimpsed on the surface of Pluto, along with an unexpectedly thick layer of haze in the atmosphere, Nasa scientists said Friday.

The latest discoveries are from the flyby earlier this month of New Horizons, an unmanned probe that is revealing unprecedented views of the distant dwarf planet as a complex, active world.

"With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology that is truly thrilling," said a scientist.


Suspect in Louisiana theatre rampage had history of mental illness

A 59-year-old man who had been committed to a hospital for psychiatric care was identified by authorities on Friday as the gunman who fatally shot two people in a rampage at a crowded movie theatre in central Louisiana before turning the gun on himself as police closed in.

The suspected gunman, John R. Houser, who had a history of mental illness and railed against the US government online, opened fire with a .40 calibre handgun about 20 minutes into the comedy film Trainwreck, sending panicked theatergoers ducking behind seats and running for the exits.

Before purchasing a ticket for the 7pm show, Houser parked his blue Lincoln Continental near the theatre’s emergency exit in what police said appeared to be preparations for a quick getaway.


Football: Liverpool end Asia swing with 1-1 draw in Malaysia

Rising Liverpool star Jordon Ibe mustered a superb solo effort to equalise against a spirited Malaysia XI side on Friday and salvage a 1-1 draw as the Reds wrapped up an unbeaten Asia summer tour.

The 19-year-old winger, who has impressed during the Asia swing, took on three players before lashing the ball in from just inside the box in the 28th minute.

Liverpool struggled to get into a rhythm throughout the match despite summer signing James Milner and new captain Jordan Henderson pulling the strings to create several chances for the Reds.


Hulk Hogan sacked as taped racial slur surfaces

The American professional wrestling legend known as Hulk Hogan has been dumped by World Wrestling Entertainment, the association said Friday.

News reports said this was because Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, used a racial slur in a 2008 conversation that was taped and has just now come to light.

US press reports say Hogan, in a sex tape made in 2008, part of which has surfaced online, uses the "N-word" in a conversation about his daughter's dating a black man.