While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 22 edition

Presidents Obama, Castro hail 'new day' for US-Cuba relations, foresee end to embargo

US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro vowed Monday in Havana to set aside their differences in pursuit of what the US president called a "new day" for the long bitterly divided neighbours.

Castro acknowledged there were still "profound" differences over Cuba's human rights situation and the decades-old, crippling US economic embargo on the island.

The US leader said, without making any promises on timing, that "the embargo is going to end". But he insisted that Washington was not going to give up pressing for political freedoms in Cuba, where the Communist Party controls politics, the media and the economy.


US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hits Donald Trump's stance on Israel peace efforts

Hillary Clinton launched a withering attack on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump Monday at an appearance before thousands of Jewish voters, saying America's next president cannot be "neutral" when it comes to Israel.

Clinton's broadside, in which she implored to the crowd, "If you see a bully, stand up to him", comes as perhaps hundreds of people attending Washington's most influential pro-Israel lobby's annual conference, including rabbis, plan to walk out in protest when Trump takes the stage.

"We need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who knows what on Wednesday, because everything's negotiable," the Democratic frontrunner told more than 15,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confab. "My friends, Israel's security is non-negotiable."


Apple unveils smaller iPhone SE; CEO Tim Cook defends privacy stance

Apple has launched a new 4-inch iPhone SE during a special event held at Apple Campus Town Hall in Cupertino.

Although it is the successor to the iPhone 5s launched in Sept 2013, the iPhone SE packs the latest technologies using the same A9 chip, M9 co-processor, 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera as the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone SE also comes with the Touch ID home button, Near Field Communications for Apple Pay and is able to shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos and Live Photos.


World's longest aircraft, Airlander 10, readies for first flight in Britain

The world's longest aircraft, an airship spanning more than six double-decker buses, is set to make its maiden flight later this Spring, British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Monday.

The 92-metre Airlander 10 floated in a hangar in Cardington, central England, at a media event where its backers showcased a vessel they said could stay airborne for up to two weeks.

Hybrid Air Vehicles is hoping the slow-moving, helium-filled Airlander 10 will catch the eye of potential customers who might want to use it to carry cargo or deliver aid, for surveillance, communications or leisure purposes. It can carry 48 passengers.


Cricket: Usman Khawaja leads Aussies to victory over Bangladesh

Usman Khawaja hit a quick-fire half-century to help Australia to a thrilling three-wicket victory against Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 clash in Bangalore on Monday.

The left-handed opener smashed 58 off 45 balls as Australia successfully chased down Bangladesh's total of 156 for five.

The victory puts Australia's bid for a first ever World T20 trophy back on track after the top-ranked Test side lost to New Zealand in their opening match.