While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 22 edition

Donald Trump shrugs off campaign funding lag, cites personal wealth

US Republican Donald Trump said on Tuesday (June 21) his "unlimited" trove of personal wealth would help compensate for his poor presidential campaign fundraising, even as he took steps to court new donors to help win the White House.

The New York real estate mogul raised only US$3.1 million (S$4.2 million) in individual contributions in May and ended the month with US$1.3 million in cash, leaving him far behind his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton who brought in US$26 million and closed the month's books with a US$42 million war chest.

The figures underscore the huge cash advantage Clinton is hoping to enjoy leading into the Nov 8 presidential election, one that could allow her a large staff and millions of dollars of television and digital ads in battleground states.


Macedonian president escapes impeachment over wiretap scandal

The Macedonian parliament on Tuesday (June 21) rejected a motion to impeach President Gjorge Ivanov over his decision to pardon 56 officials involved in a wiretap scandal that triggered a year-long political crisis.

The biggest opposition party, the Social Democrats, filed the motion after Ivanov pardoned officials who had been investigated over wiretaps alleging ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski and his close allies authorised eavesdropping on more than 20,000 people.

Ivanov's decision drew nationwide protests that led to the cancellation of an election set for June 5. But two weeks ago Ivanov bowed to pressure from European Union and US officials and revoked the pardons.


Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony

A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said.

The jaguar was killed Monday at a zoo attached to a military training centre, when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilised, approached the soldier.

The army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs and our values,” the local organizing committee Rio 2016 said in a statement, adding “We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”


Euro 2016 round up: Northern Ireland 0 Germany 1 - and what the result means

Super Mario delivered, stage one was cleared, and Germany progressed to the last 16 as Group C winners.

The world champions put in a video game-like first-half performance against Northern Ireland, with Mario Gomez's goal ultimately proving to be the difference between the sides.

Gomez, in his first start in a competitive game for Die Mannschaft in 1454 days, fired Germany ahead after half an hour from close range.


Euro 2016 round up: Croatia 2 Spain 1 - and what the result means

The new tournament favourites have been handed a reality check by the new Euro 2016 contenders.

When the teamsheets came out, Spain would have been forgiven for sensing that Croatia were there for the taking. And when they carved the Croatia defence apart after just seven minutes, the holders looked like they were on their way to a third straight victory at Euro 2016.

But Croatia, with five changes to their starting XI, had other ideas at the Stade de Bordeaux.