While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 26 edition

Eleven states sue US government over transgender bathroom policy

Officials from 11 US states sued the Obama administration, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.

“Defendants have conspired to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit accused the federal government of overstepping its constitutional powers by taking actions that should be left to Congress or individual states.


Muslim pupils must obey teacher handshake rule: Swiss canton

Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region ruled, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.

Parents of pupils who refuse to shake a teacher's hand at schools in the northern Swiss canton of Basel-Country could now face fines of up to 5,000 Swiss francs (S$7,000), regional education authorities ruled.

"A teacher has the right to demand a handshake," they said in a statement.


#Cringin - British youth unimpressed with 'patronising' pro-EU campaign video

A campaign video urging young Britons to "make sure you're #VOTIN" to stay in the European Union in a June 23 referendum backfired, with some young people denouncing it as patronising.

Produced by the official "In" campaign, the new video aims to motivate young people to turn out on referendum day.

Surveys show they are more likely to be in favour of remaining in the EU but less likely to vote than people in other age groups.


Football: Ronaldo wants extended stay at Real Madrid

Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has stressed his desire to remain at Spanish giants Real Madrid beyond the end of his current contract in 2018.

"It is clear I want to stay here, I want to continue here," he told Spanish TV station La Sexta.

The Portuguese has broken the club's all-time goalscoring record with 364 goals in 347 games on route to being crowned as the world's best player in 2013 and 2014. However, with two years left on his current deal, the 31-year-old has been continuously rumoured with a move to free-spending French champions Paris Saint-Germain or a return to United.


New Jay Z rap mentions marital issues with Beyonce

Jay Z has responded publicly one month later to his wife Beyonce's album Lemonade that hints at his infidelity - and like her, he is doing so in song.

The hip-hop mogul, in his first new musical contribution of significant length in two years, offered a verse in a track released late on Tuesday by fellow New York rappers Remy Ma and Fat Joe.

The new mix of their song All The Way Up, pointed to the vast commercial success of Lemonade, which was initially released exclusively on his Tidal streaming service and hit number one on the US chart.