While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 9 edition

Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch".
Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch".AFP

NYSE halt roils market as malfunction hits biggest exchange

The New York Stock Exchange halted trading for three and a half hours because of a computer malfunction, forcing traders to route orders elsewhere in a drama that also highlighted the resilience of US market structure.

The suspension, lasting from 11.32am to just after 3pm New York time (3am on Thursday Singapore time), dropped the largest US share platform out of the network of trading systems that make up the American equity market.

That network kept running, however, as exchanges such as the Nasdaq Stock Market and Bats Global Markets picked up the runoff.


Computer glitch grounds United flights for an hour

A computer glitch grounded United Airlines flights for the second time in six weeks early on Wednesday, backing up thousands of passengers in the busy morning travel rush.

The glitch came shortly before trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange as a result of technical problems.

While the timing of the two incidents raised concerns that a cyberattack was in progress, it appeared to be a coincidence.


Putin tells India's Modi he will try yoga

Russia's judo black-belt president Vladimir Putin promised yoga-loving Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday that he will try some yoga poses, despite feeling daunted by the challenge.

"I've tried so many things, but I haven't tried yoga, though it is certainly appealing," Putin told Modi during talks in the Russian city of Ufa. "I'll see what I am able to do based on my physical aptitude."

Modi is in Russia for the Brics summit which starts Thursday.


Tennis: Djokovic seeks out ballgirl to say 'sorry' over towel rant

Novak Djokovic revealed he had personally apologised to the ballgirl on the receiving end of his angry Wimbledon towel rant.

Djokovic, the defending champion, appeared to aggressively shout "towel" at the startled youngster during a tense moment in his five-set fourth round victory over Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.

The world No. 1 was heavily criticised for leaving the ballgirl visibly flustered, but he was quick to make amends as he sought her out to say sorry after his quarter-final win against Marin Cilic on Wednesday.


Golf: Injured McIlroy to miss British Open

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next week’s British Open at St Andrews after failing to recover from an ankle injury he sustained playing football.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews,” the world No. 1 said Wednesday on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive.