While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 30 edition

Referendum to make Greece 'better armed' for negotiations, PM Alexis Tsipras says

Greece's plebiscite on the latest bailout offer is intended to make the country stronger in the fight for a new deal with its international creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday.

"Our aim is for the referendum to be followed by negotiations for which we will be better armed," he said in an interview on ERT television six days before the Greek people vote on the country's financial future.

The PM was speaking after the country imposed capital controls and ordered its banks to stay closed for a week in a bid to prevent a run on banks, after bailout talks collapsed at the weekend and fears mounted of a Greek default and possible eurozone exit.


Egypt top prosecutor killed in Cairo bombing

Egypt's state prosecutor was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his Cairo convoy on Monday following extremist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists.

The health ministry and senior officials including Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind told AFP that Hisham Barakat died in hospital hours after the morning blast in the upscale east Cairo district of Heliopolis.

Barakat, 64, was the most senior government official killed since extremists launched an insurgency following the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.


Football: Chelsea great Petr Cech 'hungry for success' after Arsenal move

Petr Cech said he had the "same hunger for success" after his move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal was confirmed Monday when the Gunners announced he had agreed to join them on a "long-term contract for an undisclosed fee" from the Premier League champions.

The 33-year-old Czech international goalkeeper made over 400 appearances during 11 years at Stamford Bridge after joining from French club Rennes.

Cech, however, has recently found himself playing understudy to Belgian-shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois and made just 15 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season.


Tennis: Novak Djokovic breezes past Philipp Kohlschreiber in Wimbledon opener

Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved confidently into the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.

With no competitive matches in the build-up to the championships after his French Open final loss, Djokovic, on paper at least, had a dangerous opponent in the 33rd-ranked Kohlschreiber.

But the 28-year-old Serbian was clinical on the big points and never looked like becoming the first defending champion to fall in the first round since 2003.


Katy Perry crushes Taylor Swift to become world's top-earning musician

Katy Perry pulled in US$135 million (S$182 million) in the past year to be the world's top-grossing musician, beating out Taylor Swift who has hinted at "bad blood" with the fellow pop singer.

Forbes magazine said that the 30-year-old Perry, who is on a 150-date world tour for her album Prism, narrowly edged out One Direction for income in the year through June 1, which grossed US$130 million.

They were followed at US$90 million by Garth Brooks and then Swift at US$80 million.