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

Obama (right) greets Trump on inauguration day on Jan 20, 2017.
Obama (right) greets Trump on inauguration day on Jan 20, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama denies Trump's claim that he wiretapped him during campaign

A spokesman for Barack Obama rejected claims by US President Donald Trump that the then-president had wiretapped Trump in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, saying it was “simply false.”

Trump made the accusation in a series of tweets, without citing evidence, just weeks into his administration and amid rising scrutiny of his campaign’s ties to Russia.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump wrote in one tweet.

Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower office and apartment building in New York, but there was“nothing found.”


Body of beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner found in Philippines

The Philippine military said it had recovered the body of an elderly German hostage who was beheaded by Islamic militants last week.

The Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom network in the southern Philippines that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, killed Jurgen Kantner, 70, after its demands for 30 million pesos (S$840,000) were not met.

Military officials said marines found Kantner's body on Saturday evening in the militants' remote island stronghold of Sulu, more than 1,000km south of Manila.


One Direction singer arrested after altercation with paparazzi

Louis Tomlinson, a singer with the boy band One Direction, was arrested after getting into a “physical altercation” with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, according to police records and media reports.

The incident occurred just before midnight on Friday evening when paparazzi encircled Tomlinson near a baggage carousel at the airport, where he had landed with a girlfriend after a flight from Las Vegas, People magazine reported.

AOne of the photographers fell and claimed to be hurt, the magazine said, citing a police report. The 25-year-old singer was then placed under “citizen’s arrest.”


Football: Liverpool punish Wenger gamble, Ibrahimovic in dock

Liverpool punished Arsene Wenger's selection gamble with a crucial 3-1 win over spluttering Arsenal, while Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic could face disciplinary action after appearing to elbow Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings in a fiery 1-1 draw.

Wenger sprang a major surprise by leaving Alexis Sanchez on the bench and the Chile forward was badly missed as Arsenal were blown away in the first half at Anfield.

With Mesut Ozil also absent, due to illness, Arsenal were ill-equipped to match Jurgen Klopp's fired-up side, who took the lead in the ninth minute when Roberto Firmino met Sadio Mane's cross with a cool finish at the far post after sloppy Arsenal defending.


Tennis: Djokovic has lost his edge, says former mentor Niki Pilic

Novak Djokovic has lost the tenacity which enabled him to rule men's tennis for a number of years, former mentor Niki Pilic said.

"Djokovic reached the Mount Everest of tennis last year after winning the French Open," Pilic, who guided the Serb as a junior at his Munich academy, told Bosnian daily Nezavisne.

"He had 16,950 points and that's a tally which will never be repeated again, but loss of form and missing tournaments made his advantage melt away."