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

Dallas shooting suspect apparently backed black militant groups

The main shooting suspect in the deadly ambush on Dallas police was a US Army reservist and Afghanistan veteran who apparently supported violent black militant movements.

On the Facebook page attributed to Micah Johnson, the 25-year-old whom the police have confirmed is the gunman, he appears with his right arm raised in the tight fist reminiscent of the black power movement of decades ago in America.

Johnson, who is black, wears a colourful, loose-fitting African style tunic against the backdrop of the red, black and green Pan-African flag, which became popular during the black liberation drive of the 1960s in the United States.


NATO agrees to reinforce eastern Poland, Baltic states against Russia

NATO leaders agreed on Friday to deploy military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland for the first time and increase air and sea patrols to reassure allies who were once part of the Soviet bloc following Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

The 28-nation Western defence alliance decided to move four battalions totalling 3,000 to 4,000 troops into northeastern Europe on a rotating basis to display its readiness to defend eastern members against any Russian aggression.

However, they also underlined their willingness to pursue a dialogue with Moscow and revive confidence-building measures that Russia has spurned since its 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for Russian-speaking rebels in eastern Ukraine.


Tennis: Raonic stuns Federer in five sets to make Wimbledon final

Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon on Friday when he stunned punch drunk seven-time champion Roger Federer in a titanic five-set struggle.

Sixth seed Raonic triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and goes on to face second seed Andy Murray, the 2013 champion, or 10th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.

It was 25-year-old Raonic's first win on grass against a top 10 opponent and shattered Federer's hopes of going on to claim a record eighth All England Club crown and 18th major.


Football: Euro 2016 revenue up 34 per cent to 1.93 billion euros, says UEFA

Revenue at Euro 2016 has increased by 34 per cent to 1.93 billion euros (S$2.87 billion) compared to Euro 2012, European football's governing body UEFA said on Friday.

The increase was to be expected with the expanded format, from 16 to 24 teams, which has meant more broadcasters buying television rights to the showpiece tournament.

Of the total revenue, 1.05 billion euros came from television rights, 480 million euros from sponsorship and licensing and 400 million euros from ticketing and hospitality, a UEFA statement read.


Strong US jobs report powers stocks to weekly gain

Wall Street stocks rose on Friday, recovering all the losses sustained after Britain's surprise vote last month to leave the European Union, and equities around the globe also jumped after data showed US job growth in June accelerated more rapidly than even the most optimistic forecasts.

Friday's gains, which saw the S&P 500 index finish a hair below its record closing high, were enough for US equities and MSCI's gauge of markets around the world to end the week in the green.

The US economy added 287,000 jobs last month, according to the Labour Department, smashing the consensus forecast of 175,000. It was the highest total in eight months and wiped out expectations that the Federal Reserve might cut US interest rates in the coming months.