While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 20 edition

Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof to remain in custody

The white man accused of gunning down nine black worshippers at a US church was ordered to remain in custody on murder charges Friday, as authorities said they were investigating the killings as a possible act of “domestic terrorism.”

The carnage at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was the worst attack on a US place of worship in decades and comes at a time of revived racial tensions in many parts of the country.

Reports that 21-year-old Dylann Roof – charged with nine murders as well as “possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime” – said he “wanted to start a race war” are sure to leave the city on edge.

Tearful relatives of the nine people killed expressed grief but also forgiveness at an emotional bond hearing for Roof, at which he was ordered held without bail on the murder charges.


North Korea says it has 'cure' for Mers, Ebola, Aids, Sars and more

North Korea says it has developed a vaccine that is "very effective" in treating Mers, Ebola and Aids, the state mouthpiece KCNA reported, as well as a range of other diseases that modern medicine is yet to find a cure for.

The drug, known as Kumdang-2, is reportedly able to treat everything from Aids to tuberculosis and cancer, as well as "harm from the use of computers" and morning sickness, according to the drug's website.

The isolated country's news agency KCNA is notorious for making hyperbolic claims about North Korea's achievements - from scientific breakthroughs to the sporting prowess of its leaders.


Prince Harry serves last day in army career

Prince Harry ended his career with the British army on Friday after 10 years' service that saw him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan.

The 30-year-old will spend the next three months working on wildlife conservation projects in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, where he will join a team of rangers fighting against poachers of elephants and rhinos.

The Prince has also vowed to continue to work "in the service of military personnel" and will return as a volunteer to help wounded soldiers with their rehabilitation later this year.


Golf: Tiger tumbles at US Open

Tiger Woods headed for the exit door at the US Open on Friday, a slightly-improved 76 in the second round failing to repair the damage done by a horrendous opening 80.

That effort - his worst at any US Open and the fourth worst of his pro career - left the sport’s former dominant force with a mountain to climb just to make the cut.

By his own admission, Woods is playing the worst golf of his career and he has fallen to 195th in the world rankings which excludes him from some of the top tournaments coming up.


Johnny Depp puts French estate on market for $35 million

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp has put his sprawling southern France compound, including two pools and a chapel, up for sale for about €23 million (S$35 million), Sotheby's Realty announced Friday.

Located about 25km from the French Riviera resort of Saint Tropez, the property is in the village of Plan de la Tour and has 1,000 sq m of living space spread across the 15ha property.

Depp lived there during his 14-year relationship with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, which ended in 2012.