While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 25 edition

Football: Goalkeeper David de Gea in Singapore on holiday

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was spotted in town on Wednesday and a few football fans were lucky enough to catch him for photos and autographs.

Nicholas Phua, 35, was one of them. He heard sightings of the Spanish international on Wednesday morning and waited at the Fullerton Bay Hotel for one of Europe's hottest properties.

Phua, who managed to catch him at around 12:30pm at the hotel lobby, said: "I was with two friends and he was coming out of his hotel."


Boston bomber apologises to victims, is sentenced to death for 2013 attacks

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologised in court for the first time to his victims for the suffering he caused, moments before being formally sentenced to death by a federal judge.

The US citizen of Chechen descent was sentenced to death on six counts over the 2013 bombings, one of the worst assaults on US soil since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.

“I would like to now apologise to the victims and to the survivors,” said the 21-year-old former university student in his first public remarks since the April 15, 2013 bombings that killed three people.

“I am guilty,” he said, standing pale and thin in a dark blazer. “Let there be no doubt about that.”


Obama admits government let down hostages' families

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted his government had not always done enough to stop the “unrelenting nightmare” faced by relatives of hostages held abroad, as he eased restrictions on talking with captors.

Stressing the plight of the roughly 80 US hostages taken since 9/11 and their families, Obama announced a series of reforms to hostage policy.

Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley (above), a journalist who was taken in Syria and beheaded by his Islamic State captors, has previously said she felt abandoned by the government.

“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance,” she told media weeks after his death.


'Lightning speed' BMW smashes Mazda into pieces in viral video

A horrifying video has gone viral online, showing the moment a BMW driving at "lightning speed" crashes into a Mazda sedan in China, smashing the vehicle into pieces.

The incident, captured by surveillance cameras, happened in Nanjing.

Both passengers in the Mazda were thrown out of the car and reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.


Athletics: Farah coach Salazar refutes BBC report, denies doping aid

Alberto Salazar, famed coach of double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, denied allegations made in a BBC documentary that he helped runners use banned substances, vowing in an open letter Wednesday that "I will never permit doping."

The letter was posted on the Nike Oregon Project website on the eve of the US Track and Field Championships in Eugene, near the group's Portland base. The event is the US qualifying meet for the world championships at Beijing in August.

Salazar, the Cuban-born 56-year-old American, a three-time New York Marathon champion who also won the Boston Marathon and ran in the Olympics, coaches British 10,000m London Olympic champion Farah and runner-up Galen Rupp, with the latter seeking his seventh consecutive US 10,000 crown on Thursday at the nationals.