While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 19

An attendee plays a video game at E3, the world's largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, US, on June 12, 2018.
An attendee plays a video game at E3, the world's largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, US, on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO

Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday (June 18) in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

"After consulting with experts across the world, and reviewing evidence in an exhaustive manner, we decided that this condition should be added," Shekhar Saxena, director of the WHO's department of mental health and substance abuse, told AFP.

Online and offline "gaming disorder" is grouped with "disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviours" in the ICD's 11th edition, the first major revision in nearly three decades.


Trump says he won’t let US become ‘migrant camp’

US President Donald Trump said on Monday (June 18) he would not allow the United States to become a “migrant camp” as his administration faced a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. 

Democrats and some in Trump’s own Republican Party have blasted the administration for separating nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May. Medical professionals have said the practice could cause lasting trauma to children. 

The family separations are the result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that arrests all adults who are caught trying to enter the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum.  While parents are held in jail, their children are sent to separate detention facilities.


Britain to press ahead with 'upskirting' ban

The British government said Monday (June 18) it will push through a ban on "upskirting" - secretly taking pictures up women's skirts - after a draft law was blocked last week by an MP since targeted by an underwear protest.

Prime Minister Theresa May personally backed the bill, which would impose prison sentences of up to two years, saying the practice left victims "feeling degraded and distressed".

The draft ban was debated in parliament's lower House of Commons on Friday (June 15) but because it was introduced as a private members' bill, tabled by an opposition Liberal Democrat lawmaker, a single MP was able to block it by shouting "Object!".


World Cup: Dries Mertens' magic strike breaks Panama's resistance in 3-0 win for Belgium 

It says something about the talent in this Belgium team that they can seem unimpressive and underwhelming and yet still emerge the most emphatic winners of the genuine favourites to lift the World Cup.

As Germany lost and Spain, Argentina and Brazil drew, only France of the elite had begun by taking three points until Belgium's Golden Generation began their quest for silverware with three goals. They contrived to be mediocre for 45 minutes and still sweep Panama's dogged debutants aside.

It could be deemed a game of two halves. Romelu Lukaku only had seven touches in the first, when Belgium's passing was laboured and their set-pieces were poor, but scored two in six minutes in the second, albeit only after Dries Mertens opened the floodgates in memorable, magnificent fashion.


World Cup: Kane double gives England victory over Tunisia

England captain Harry Kane scored twice including a stoppage-time winner as he led his side to a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup match on Monday (June 18).

Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments.

“I’m so proud of the lads, it’s tough. I thought we played really well in the first half, we could have scored a few more,” Kane said.