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

Police arrive at the scene on the London Bridge on June 3, 2017.
Police arrive at the scene on the London Bridge on June 3, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISIS claims responsibility for London Bridge attack

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack, which left seven people dead, an online news agency affiliated with the extremists said Monday (June 5).

A "detachment of fighters from ISIS carried out London attacks yesterday" the Aamaq news agency said, referring to Saturday's assault which saw three men in a van plough into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday blamed "evil" extremist ideology for the attack, as police said they had arrested 12 suspects Saturday night's rampage at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge by three men wearing fake suicide vests was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in less than three months and came only days before snap elections.


Fans and stars defy terrorism, pack Ariana Grande's Manchester One Love benefit concert

Tearful fans and some of the world's biggest stars turned their noses up in defiance of terrorists as they packed a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester bombing, on Sunday (June 4), just a day after another militant attack in London.

Emotions ran high as fans - many with colourful face make-up, costume bunny ears and the popular Manchester Bee t-shirts - poured into the city's Old Trafford cricket ground for the show headlined by pop star Ariana Grande, whose May 22 concert ended with 22 dead and more than 100 wounded when a bomber struck.

Some broke down in tears, while others clapped, danced and joked with police officers on horseback patrolling the crowds.


Man who criticised dead Traffic Police officer on Facebook arrested for shoplifting

The man who drew flak online for his Facebook post criticising a Traffic Police officer who died in the line of duty has been arrested for shoplifting.

Thomas Chua Poh Heng, 39, was nabbed on Sunday (June 4) at 5.37am for alleged shop theft at a departmental store along Syed Alwi Road, police said in a press release early Monday.

The Straits Times understand that the departmental store is Mustafa Centre.


N Korea decried as 'immediate threat' by Japan, US, S Korea on Shangri-la Dialogue sidelines

 The defence chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea harshly criticised North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles on Saturday (June 3), issuing a joint statement saying that the development is an immediate threat to security in the region and the world.

The joint statement was issued after a meeting in Singapore by Defence Minister Tomomi Inada, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defence Minister Han Min Koo that lasted about 75 minutes.

It was the first trilateral meeting of the countries' defence chiefs since the inauguration of the administrations of US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae In.


Tennis: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal surge into quarters as champion Garbine Muguruza exits

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, but reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to match Roger Federer's mark of last-eight appearances in Paris.

The 14-time major winner has dropped just 20 games in four matches as he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.