While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 6 edition

Former US intelligence director James Clapper denies Trump Tower wiretapped

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was no wiretap activity directed against President Donald Trump or his campaign by the Obama administration, as Trump has claimed without evidence in calling for a Congressional investigation.

"I can deny it," Clapper, weeks removed from serving as the top US intelligence official, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press when asked whether he could confirm or deny that a court order allowing for eavesdropping at Trump Tower in New York existed.

His comments contradicted explosive claims by Trump that President Barack Obama had the Republican's "wires tapped in Trump Tower just before" the 2016 election. Trump relied on reports in conservative media, including Breitbart News, for his conclusion, a person familiar with the situation told Bloomberg.


Japan's Emperor Akihito pays respects to Thailand's late king Bhumibol Adulyadej

Japan's emperor and empress made a detour to Bangkok on Sunday after a six-day trip to Vietnam to pay their last respects to an old friend, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Emperor Akihito, 83, and his wife Empress Michiko arrived in Bangkok at 1.45 pm.

"The emperor and empress originally planned to visit Vietnam only but because of their friendship and respect to King Bhumibol, they decided to take advantage of their trip to Southeast Asia and make a stopover to Bangkok so they can pay their last tribute to the late king," Mr Hatsuhisa Takashima, press secretary to the emperor for the Thailand trip, told a press briefing on Sunday evening.


Football: Tottenham avoid being upended in final seconds to beat Everton 3-2

 Harry Kane extended his hot streak with a blistering brace as Tottenham beat Everton 3-2 to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to seven points on Sunday (Mar 5, 2017).

Kane opened the scoring with a thunderous first-half strike at White Hart Lane and netted again after the break to take his goal tally to 24 in 28 games this season.

Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, Kane's closest rival in the race to finish as Premier League top scorer, got one back before Dele Alli struck for Spurs in the closing moments.


Adele confirms marriage during Australian concert after years of speculation

Adele, who has become a global pop sensation with her songs of heartbreak, has confirmed years of speculation that she is married.

The English singer has been in a long-term relationship with Simon Konecki, a former financier who founded drop4drop, a charity that presses for global access to clean drinking water.

The couple have a four-year-old son, Angelo, but Adele has been coy about whether they are married as she tries to maintain her privacy.


Logan claws way to top of North American box office

The X-Men spinoff Logan - starring Hugh Jackman as the metal-clawed, mutant anti-hero Wolverine - dominated North American box offices this weekend with a whopping take of US$85.3 million($120.3 million) in its debut, according to industry estimates released Sunday.

Aimed at a more adult audience, it is the first R-rated outing in the X-Men franchise, which began in 2000 and has so far clocked up US$4.4 billion in box office revenue.

It is more of a blood-spattered dystopian road movie than a traditional superhero film, and follows Wolverine/Logan as he undertakes one final mission: to protect a young girl who has powers remarkably like his own and is being pursued by dark forces.