While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 10 edition

US President Obama formally endorses Hillary Clinton for president

US President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s White House bid and called for the Democratic Party to unite behind her after a protracted battle with Bernie Sanders for the party nomination.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said it “means the world” to her that Obama has her back.

The endorsement increases pressure on Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, to concede the race so the party can focus on campaigning against Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee for the Nov 8 election.


Sanders pledges to work with Clinton to defeat Republican Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would work with rival Hillary Clinton to defeat Republican Donald Trump, though he promised to stay in the White House race through the last primary election next week.

Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, spoke outside the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama, as Democrats pressured him to end his campaign and support Clinton after a hard-fought primary race.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, won enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination this week and become the first woman to lead a major US party as its presidential nominee.


Thousands bid farewell to boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Two days of funeral ceremonies bidding farewell to Muhammad Ali got under way with a Muslim prayer service in the Kentucky hometown of the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero.

Thousands of people stood in the cavernous Freedom Hall arena in remembrance of one of the 20th century’s most singular personalities, who died last week at age 74.

People in the crowd held up their cellphones to snap pictures as the coffin holding Ali’s remains moved by.


Tennis: Rafael Nadal to miss Wimbledon with wrist injury

Rafael Nadal will miss Wimbledon after failing to recover from the wrist injury which also forced his early withdrawal from the French Open, the Spanish star announced on his Facebook page.

“Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year,” wrote the 30-year-old who is desperate to be fit for the Rio Olympics in August.

“As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal.”


Bidders offering more than $6 billion for Yahoo: Report

Several suitors are bidding US$5 billion (S$6.7 billion) or more for the core business of struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo, CNBC reported.

CNBC, citing unnamed sources close to the situation, said Yahoo's board of directors will meet on Friday to review offers ahead of a final round of bidding expected to lead to a decision by mid-July.

US telecom titan Verizon was among low bidders, offering more than US$3.5 billion for Yahoo, according to CNBC. The pool of bidders is believed to include private equity firms.