While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 18 edition

Athletics: IAAF votes to keep Russia banned, Olympics participation in balance

Russian athletes’ hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics are now at the mercy of the IOC after world athletics’ governing body unanimously upheld its ban on the country for systematic doping, saying not enough progress had been made in reform.

Russia, a superpower of track and field, had lobbied furiously to avert the prospect of a Summer Olympics athletics programme taking place without its athletes, and argued that it was taking all the steps required of it to dispel charges of state-sponsored drug abuse.

Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF task force overseeing Russia’s attempts to reform, said that a “deep-seated culture of tolerance, or worse, appears not to be materially changed”.

“No athlete will compete in Rio under a Russian flag,” he said.


Euro 2016: Uefa to launch probe over flares thrown by Croatia fans

Uefa confirmed they will launch an investigation into flares thrown onto the pitch during Croatia's 2-2 Euro 2016 draw with the Czech Republic, as Croatia coach Ante Cacic branded the fans "sports terrorists".

The supporters threw flares on to the pitch and fought among themselves in one section of the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, forcing the Group D game to be interrupted for several minutes while officials and players appealed for calm.

“We were exposed to the terror of hooligans who have no place in sports arenas and I sincerely hope they will be identified and brought to justice,” said Cacic.


British police probe far-right links, mental health of MP murder suspect

British police investigating the murder of lawmaker Jo Cox said they were focusing on alleged links to far-right groups and reports that her suspected attacker, who remains in custody, was mentally ill.

West Yorkshire Police chief constable Dee Collins said Thursday's brutal attack on the 41-year-old as she went to meet constituents in northern England appeared to be "an isolated, but targeted attack on Jo".

A 52-year-old man, who has been named by British media as local Thomas Mair, was arrested shortly after Cox was shot and stabbed numerous times in the street.


Orlando buries its dead in wake of gay club massacre

Orlando turned to burying its dead, with funerals for at least five of the 49 people killed in last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub - the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

More burials were expected over the weekend as the resort city better known for theme parks like Disney World struggles to recover from the shooting by lone gunman Omar Mateen, who ran amok with a legally purchased assault rifle and pistol and was killed when police stormed the club.

One of those being buried on Friday was Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, a 25-year-old dancer who traces his heritage to Puerto Rico. This is the community hardest hit in the massacre.


US rocker Meat Loaf 'recovering well' after collapse on stage in Canada

US rocker Meat Loaf is "recovering well" after collapsing from dehydration mid-way through a hit song while performing in the western Canadian city of Edmonton.

Video of the concert posted on news sites shows the veteran rocker falling down while singing his 1993 smash I'd Do Anything For Love. Band mates rushed to his side after he dropped his microphone and collapsed onstage. The music then stops.

"We weren't sure at first whether it was part of the act or it was something for real," concertgoer Lindsay Sundmark told the Edmonton Journal newspaper.