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

Boxing: Public funeral will celebrate life of Muhammad Ali

The life of late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service next week in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, a family spokesman said.

Ali, the three-time world heavyweight champion and colourful civil rights activist whose fame transcended the world of sports and made him an iconic figure of the 20th century, died Friday at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

After a private family funeral on Thursday, Ali’s body will be paraded through the streets of Louisville on Friday, June 10, before a public memorial service at an arena, with former president Bill Clinton among those expected to offer eulogies.


Tens of thousands at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil despite boycott

Tens of thousands gathered for Hong Kong's commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown despite many young activists turning their backs on the candlelit vigil as calls grow for greater autonomy from China.

The vigil, which each year draws tens of thousands to the city's Victoria Park, has caused a widening rift in Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp between those who believe the victims of the crackdown should be remembered and those who see the event's message as increasingly irrelevant.

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong is the only location on Chinese soil to see a major commemoration to mark the military's brutal crushing of pro-democracy protests in central Beijing in 1989.


German music festival halted after lightning strikes injure 71

A rock music festival in Germany was halted for five hours with organisers urging more than 90,000 fans to seek shelter in cars and tents as another thunderstorm approached hours after lightning strikes injured 71 people.

The sell-out "Rock am Ring" festival, now in its 31st year and with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath at the top of the billing this year, takes place at the airport in Mendig, near the Nuerburgring motor racing track.

Festival organisers told a news conference that performances would resume after the storm blew over, and said they had warned some 92,500 participants before arriving to be prepared for bad weather.


Tennis: Garbine Muguruza stuns Serena Williams for French Open title

Garbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open, defeating top seed and defending champion Serena Williams in the final.

Twelve years younger than the American at 22, and playing in the first claycourt final of her career, the Venezuelan-born Spaniard upset the odds to win 7-5, 6-4.

She is the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in Paris in 1998 and she is the third straight first time Grand Slam winner after Flavia Pennetta at last year’s US Open and Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open.


Football: Germany see off Hungary as Schweinsteiger returns

Germany laboured to a 2-0 friendly win over Hungary in their final Euro 2016 warm-up match as captain Bastian Schweinsteiger returned after three months out with injury.

A first-half own-goal by Hungary defender Adam Lang and a second from Thomas Mueller in Gelsenkirchen gave the Germans a confidence boost before their opening match against Ukraine next Sunday in Group C of the European Championship.

This was no more than a satisfactory performance from the world champions, who have a habit of raising their game for major tournaments, and this was the first time Germany had kept a clean sheet in the last year.