While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 3 edition

 US President Donald Trump arrives to board Air Force One to depart Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, March 2, 2017.
US President Donald Trump arrives to board Air Force One to depart Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, March 2, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump wants defence buildup to project US power abroad

President Donald Trump said he wants a US military buildup of more ships and planes to “project American power in distant lands,” making his case for a proposed US$54 billion (S$76 billion) increase in defence spending that has US lawmakers squabbling.

Wearing an olive military jacket and hat aboard a new aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, in Newport News, Virginia, Trump said he wanted the US military to have the finest equipment in the world.

He said the Navy will “soon be the largest it’s been.”

“We are going to have very soon the finest equipment in the world,” he said. “We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing. You know what that is? Win. Win.”


Saudi King Salman embraces 'selfie' on tour across Asia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has embraced the "selfie", taking part in a number of light-hearted self-shot pictures and videos during his tour of Asia that contrast with the pomp and formality of most of the octogenarian monarch's trips abroad.

In the first days of a lengthy regional tour, the King has appeared with top-ranking officials in Indonesia and Malaysia in pictures and clips that have been shared online millions of times.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shared on Facebook a video of himself dining with the King at the presidential palace in Bogor, near the capital Jakarta.


Security boosted for accountants in Oscar gaffe who froze backstage

Security has been stepped up for the two accountants responsible for botching the Oscar best picture announcement, their company said, as the ceremony's stage manager said the pair had to be pushed onstage to set things right after the gaffe.

Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said security was provided at the homes of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz following Sunday's blunder, in which an envelope mix-up led to the announcement of the wrong film as best picture winner during the live TV broadcast.

PwC gave no details but celebrity website TMZ.com said the pair had received death threats on social media and that photos of their homes had been posted online.


Tennis: Murray survives seven match points in Dubai epic

Andy Murray saved seven match points to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships with a marathon 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (20/18), 6-1 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The top seed managed to avoid joining second seed Stan Wawrinka and seven-time winner Roger Federer on the sidelines after the Swiss pair crashed out in earlier rounds.

But world number one Murray needed to scrap and struggle for almost three hours against 33-year-old Kohlschreiber, with the pair duelling in a 31-minute second-set tiebreaker which determined the final direction of the epic quarter-final.


Ending epic wait, Lorde returns with dance track

In one of the most anticipated returns in pop music, Lorde unveiled a new song in which the onetime teenage star takes a new dance sound and adult look.

The now 20-year-old New Zealander announced a second album called Melodrama, her follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine, which won her phenomenal success while still a teenager.

Lorde released the album's first single, Green Light, which is driven by a strikingly more lively beat than her Grammy-winning breakthrough hit, the minimalist Royals.