While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 9 edition

Three killed in Palestinian shooting attack in Tel Aviv - Israeli police

Two Palestinian gunmen killed three people and wounded seven in an attack at a popular shopping and dining area near Israel’s Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv, police said.

Both of the gunmen who opened fire outside the open-air Sarona shopping complex were apprehended, and one of them was wounded, Israeli police said. Hospital officials said four of the seven people wounded were in critical condition.

People caught up in the evening assault, one of the most serious in Israel’s business and entertainment capital since a wave of Palestinian violence began eight months ago, ran for their lives as shots rang out.


Sinkhole closes part of Canadian capital's downtown


A large sinkhole closed down part of the Canadian capital and forced the evacuation of businesses a few blocks from the national parliament, three weeks before Ottawa is due to host a summit of the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The sinkhole formed on a normally busy downtown street in an area that has been under construction for Ottawa’s new light-rail transit (LRT) system.

City officials said the cause of the sinkhole was not yet known but earlier gas and water leaks have been contained.


Woman fights off daughter's would-be kidnapper, video goes viral


A woman fought off a man who tried to kidnap her 13-year-old daughter while they were shopping at a Dollar General store in Hernando, Florida, and a security video of the fierce struggle went viral.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office posted the video on its Facebook page, and the mother's desperate efforts to free the girl from suspect Craig Bonello, 30, had garnered 1.5 million views and 24,000 shares by Wednesday afternoon.

"And now another thing for me to be scared of! Broad daylight in front of the Mom!" Facebook user Marie Brooks commented on the video.


Ronaldo inherits richest athlete throne from Tiger, Mayweather

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest-paid athletes in the wake of boxer Floyd Mayweather's retirement and back surgery for golfer Tiger Woods.

The annual list of total revenues for top sports stars had been topped 12 times by Woods and in three of the last four by Mayweather, who retired unbeaten last year.

This year, 31-year-old Portugal forward Ronaldo topped the list at US$88 million (S$118 million) with US$56 million in salary and US$32 million more from endorsement deals.

Messi, who sat out Argentina's opening victory at the Copa America Centenario this week, was next at US$81.4 million.


Tennis: Sharapova handed two-year doping ban, will appeal

Maria Sharapova was banned for two years after failing a drugs test but insisted she will appeal a decision which could effectively end her career.

Russian star Sharapova, 29, tested positive for the controversial banned medication meldonium during January’s Australian Open.

Sharapova blasted the ban as “unfairly harsh” in a statement on her Facebook fan page. “While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” she fumed.