While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 10 edition

Two Indonesians planning to join ISIS refused entry into Singapore, deported to Batam

Two Indonesian men who planned to travel to Syria were denied entry into Singapore at the HarbourFront Ferry Terminal and sent back to Batam last Friday.

They were believed to be making plans to join the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and were also questioned by officers from Indonesia's special counter-terrorism unit Detachment 88 in Batam.

Yesterday, the two were flown back to their hometown of Pekanbaru in Riau province, where they remain in detention.


Myanmar elections: Jubilation as results nod to Aung San Suu Kyi win 

Decked out in the trademark red of Myanmar's opposition, hundreds gathered at its Yangon headquarters on Monday as anticipation of victory for Aung San Suu Kyi's party soared with poll results hinting at the once unthinkable - a government they elected.

"We're tired of the military. Mother Suu will bring change... It starts tonight," said Tin Htun Aung, 30, a National League for Democracy sticker dotted on each cheek and waving a large red flag with the party's fighting peacock emblem.

Packed tight in a Yangon road outside the NLD's base, party faithful cheered as results from the city were announced live on a big screen.


Jordanian officer kills two Americans, one S. African at security training site near Amman

 A Jordanian police officer shot dead two American civilian contractors, a South African contractor and a Jordanian on Monday at a US-funded security training facility near Amman before being killed in a shootout, authorities said.

US President Barack Obama said he was treating the attack at the King Abdullah Training Centre - in which four Jordanians and one Lebanese citizen were wounded - very seriously and a full investigation was under way.

The gunman's background and motive were not immediately known. But Jordan is a staunch US ally in the Washington-led campaign against ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) militants who hold large areas of neighbouring Syria and Iraq, a position Jordanian officials say leaves the kingdom vulnerable to jihadist attacks.


Athletics: Wada independent commission recommends banning Russian federation

Russia's athletics federation should be suspended from all competition, including the 2016 Olympic Games, over widespread doping, a damning report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said on Monday.

The report outlined evidence of systematic cheating with the consent of the government in Moscow, noting that drug tests for athletes were conducted at a Russian lab which totally lacked credibility.

"It's pretty disturbing", said former Wada chief Richard Pound, who headed the three-man commission, adding that the extent of the cheating was "worse than we thought".


SeaWorld in San Diego to do away with killer whale show

 US theme park SeaWorld announced on Monday that it planned to phase out its signature killer whale show, which has come under intense criticism by animal rights groups.

The company said the orca whale show at its second biggest park in San Diego would be replaced in 2017 with a new "informative" attraction in a more natural setting, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The announcement came after the company suffered a heavy backlash following the 2013 documentary Blackfish spotlighted the impact of captivity on orcas in examining an attack in which one of the whales killed a trainer.