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

 Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Boston, June 8, 2017.
Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Boston, June 8, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain votes: Exit poll suggests hung parliament, with Conservatives losing 17 seats

Polls for the general election has closed in Britain, and exit polls are showing that the country is headed for a hung parliament.

The figures have the ruling Conservatives with 314 seats, Labour Party with 266 seats, Scottish National Party with 34, the Liberal Democrats with 14, Welsh party Plaid Cymru with 3 seats, the Green Party with one and Ukip with none.

If these exit polls prove to be right, the Tories will be 12 seats shy of a majority.

These exit polls have been used since 1974, and have been hit and miss. In the last election in 2015, it predicted that the Tories would be 10 seats short of a majority. In the end, the party won with a majority of 12 seats. But the polls were also spot on in 2005 and 2010.

Counting has started, and the constituency of Sunderland in north-east England will, like in past years, most likely be the first to declare its results. It could come by about 11.30pm (6.30am on Friday, Singapore time).


Former FBI chief James Comey accuses Trump administration of defaming him, ‘lies’

Former FBI director James Comey accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russia.

In the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the FBI after the president dismissed him on May 9.

During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russia investigation.


Badminton: Yeo Jia Min becomes world No. 1 junior; first Singaporean to reach this milestone

For the first time, Singapore can boast that it has a world No. 1 in badminton.

Yeo Jia Min is the newly-crowned top junior female badminton player in the world, after the latest world rankings were released on Thursday by the Badminton World Federation, the sport's world governing body. She leapfrogged Malaysia's Goh Jin Wei to claim the top ranking.

The 18-year-old is the first from the country to reach this milestone on either the junior or senior circuits, singles or doubles. She is currently ranked No. 62 on the senior circuit.


Brit held in Ibiza over body-in-a-suitcase Thai murder

Police in Ibiza detained a British man wanted over the murder of a woman in Thailand whose body was found dismembered in a suitcase in 2014.

The Guardia Civil police force said Shane Looker, 46, the subject of an international arrest warrant over the murder of Laxami Manochat and, was tracked down in Ibiza, one of Spain's Balearic Islands.

"They found this person's vehicle, he went to service his car at a garage and was detained," a Guardia Civil spokeswoman told AFP. Looker has been jailed pending extradition proceedings.


Saudi Arabia footballers ignore minute's silence for London attack victims

Saudi Arabia's national football team have been criticised for failing to observe a minute's silence held before Thursday's match against Australia in Adelaide .

The Socceroos lined up in the centre of the pitch before the World Cup qualifier and held the brief silence as a tribute to the two Australians killed in the terrorist attack in London at the weekend.

As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing the ball between each other and taking their positions on the field. Pictures from the match show a single Saudi player, Salman al-Faraj, appearing to stand facing the Australia team with his hands behind his back.