While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 29 edition

Indonesia executes three Nigerians, one local, despite protests

Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers, three of them Nigerians, in the early hours of Friday, leaving the fate of 10 others uncertain.

The Africans and an Indonesian man were shot by firing squad during a thunderstorm shortly after midnight on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java, as the government ignored international calls for clemency and pushed ahead with what it considers a war on drugs.

The attorney-general said on Wednesday that 14 prisoners, including citizens of India, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe, would be executed this weekend.


Amazon's Bezos passes Buffett, becomes third-richest person - Forbes

Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, has become the world's third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway.

Bezos' fortune was US$65.3 billion (S$88.4 billion) as of 4.30pm EDT on Thursday (4.30am on Friday, Singapore time), compared with Buffett's US$64.9 billion.

Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates remained the world's richest person, at US$77.7 billion, while Spain's Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain's owner Inditex, was second at US$72.7 billion.


Sliver of hope seen in Alzheimer's trial using drug made by Singapore firm

Efforts to find a drug that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease saw a glimmer of hope this week in a small trial using an experimental treatment.

Researchers are testing the drug, known as LMTM and made by TauRx Therapeutics of Singapore, to see if it can reduce the accumulation of the protein tau in the brain.

When tau malfunctions, the brain can form protein tangles that are believed to cause Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia.


Alphabet/Google profit jumps 43 per cent to $6.6 billion

Google parent Alphabet said its second quarter profit jumped 43 per cent from last year to US$4.9 billion (S$6.6 billion), in results that lifted shares of the Internet giant.

Revenue jumped 21 per cent to US$21.5 billion, the California tech giant said, reporting results that bested most analyst forecasts.

Chief financial officer Ruth Porat called the results "terrific" and said they "reflect the successful investments we've made over many years in rapidly expanding areas such as mobile and video.


Football: City boss Guardiola confirms interest in Stones and Sane

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton's young centre back John Stones, who has been linked with a £50 million (S$88 million) move to the Etihad Stadium.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, who also suggested he would be "happy" to sign winger Leroy Sane from Schalke 04, told reporters: "It's the same answer (as) for Sane - he's a player for Everton. Everyone knows we're going to try but we will see."

The manager confirmed his interest in the defender after City's friendly against Borussia Dortmund in China, which his team won 6-5 on penalties.