While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 26 edition

Sanders blasts ‘demogogue’ Trump, urges vote for Clinton

Bernie Sanders urged supporters to vote for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in order to bar Donald Trump’s path to the White House, slamming the Republican as a “demagogue.”

Sanders’ call – met with cheers and jeers from supporters – was the latest twist in the rocky run-up to the Democratic National Convention, with a party row over leaked e-mails disrupting Clinton’s bid to present a united front against Trump.

Clinton will make history on Thursday when she formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination – the first woman to lead a major party’s White House ticket.


Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe

A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth in Spain to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe.

The mother, who has not been identified, caught the virus on a trip abroad but authorities have declined to say where. A hospital source said she was infected in Latin America, where the virus is prevalent.

The news came as researchers said 93.4 million people may catch the virus, according to mathematical projections, including some 1.65 million pregnant women, before the epidemic fizzles out.


Raging wildfire engulfs California homes, film set

Thousands of firefighters battled to contain a blaze tearing through California’s Santa Clarita valley, destroying homes and a popular filming location and threatening actress Tippi Hedren’s animal sanctuary.

The so-called Sand Fire in suburban Los Angeles has scorched more than 132 sq km of brush, threatening at least 2,000 properties and forcing an estimated 20,000 residents to flee.

About 10,000 homes have been evacuated since the fire broke out Friday near Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, according to law enforcement officers.


Football: Stoke swoop for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen

Stoke City have captured Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool on a five-year deal for a fee which could reach £13 million (S$23 million), the club said.

The 26-year-old, who played a key role in Wales reaching the Euro 2016 semi-finals, is Stoke's second close-season signing after Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi joined earlier on Monday.

"It has been a whirlwind 48 hours for me but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper," said Allen, who spent four years on Merseyside after signing from Swansea City.


Olympics: Fina bans seven Russian swimmers from Rio over doping

Swimming's world governing body moved swiftly to ban seven Russians from competing at next month's Rio Olympics in the fall-out from Russia's rampant state-run doping.

FINA was the first sport to impose bans in light of Sunday's IOC decision, which ruled against a blanket ban on all Russian competitors in Rio, instead leaving it up to individual sports federations to decide whether to accept Russians.

Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, both 4x100m freestyle bronze-medal winners with the Russian team at the 2012 Olympics, and Yulia Efimova, another 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, were among the seven banned.