While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 7 edition

US President Barack Obama may endorse Hillary Clinton this week, if she clinches Democratic nomination

United States President Barack Obama may formally endorse Mrs Hillary Clinton as early as this week, after his former secretary of state clinches the Democratic nomination as expected, according to a person familiar with the President's plans.

The timing of the endorsement has not been set, and Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton are not scheduled to appear together this week, according to the person, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

But the President is speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Wednesday in New York, a day after the last six states hold nominating contests.


Republican leaders pile on Donald Trump over 'Mexican' judge attack

Republican leaders are piling on presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump over his accusation that a US federal judge is treating him unfairly because the judge is of Mexican ancestry.

In the latest backlash, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who's facing a tough re-election race, said Monday that Trump's "comments are offensive and wrong and he should retract them".

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate from Maine, said his remarks "are absolutely unacceptable".


North Korea appears to have reopened a plant to produce plutonium: UN nuclear watchdog

North Korea appears to have reopened a plant to produce plutonium from spent fuel of a reactor central to its atomic weapons drive, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday (June 6), suggesting the country's arms effort is widening.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has no access to North Korea and mainly monitors its activities by satellite, said last year it had seen signs of a resumption of activity at Yongbyon, including at the main reactor.

"Resumption of the activities of the 5 megawatt reactor, the expansion of centrifuge-related facility, reprocessing, these are some of the examples of the areas (of activity indicated at Yongbyon)," IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told a news conference during a quarterly IAEA Board of Governors meeting.


No charges against mother in Cincinnati gorilla case - prosecutor

No criminal charges will be filed against the mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, causing zookeepers to kill an endangered gorilla to protect the child, an Ohio prosecutor said on Monday.

A 17-year-old endangered western lowland silverback gorilla named Harambe was shot by zoo staff in the minutes after the boy fell on May 28, touching off a storm of criticism aimed at both the zoo and the boy's mother.

Some critics had called for criminal charges against the mother, who was with the boy at the zoo, for reckless endangerment. The boy suffered a concussion and some scrapes but escaped serious injury.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal puts Four Seasons Toronto up for sale - sources

The Four Seasons Toronto, a luxury hotel in the city's downtown, is up for sale and could fetch as much as C$250 million (S$264 million), in what would be one of the most-expensive deals ever for a hotel in Canada, two sources familiar with the process said.

The hotel belongs to Kingdom Holding Co, an investment group owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The sale price will likely be in the range of C$200 million to C$250 million, said the sources, who declined to be identified because they are not authorized to discuss the process.