While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 11 edition

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi vows to call shots after election landslide

Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear on Tuesday she was ready to defy attempts by the country's powerful military to clip her wings, as fresh results from Sunday's historic election showed her party heading for a resounding win.

As vote tallies trickled in, Suu Kyi's long-oppressed National League for Democracy looked set to take control of most regional assemblies as well as forming the central government, a triumph that will reshape the political landscape.

Suu Kyi is barred by the constitution from taking the presidency because her children are foreign nationals. But in two interviews on Tuesday, the Nobel peace laureate said that regardless of who was appointed president by the newly elected houses of parliament, she would call the shots.


Terminally ill man granted wish to see Star Wars movie has died

The terminally ill Texas man and Star Wars fan who was granted his dying wish to see the new The Force Awakens film before it comes out in theatres has died, just a few days after viewing the movie, the man's wife said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Daniel Fleetwood, 31 and afflicted with a form of cancer that spread to 90 per cent of his lungs, was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated new Star Wars film, due in theatres on Dec 18, his wife Ashley Fleetwood said on Facebook last week.

"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero," she wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.


Obese kids as young as eight show signs of heart disease

Some obese children as young as eight show significant signs of heart disease, according to research presented Tuesday at a major US cardiology conference.

Researchers compared 20 obese children and teenagers to 20 normal weight peers, and found that 40 per cent of the obese children were considered at high-risk for heart disease because of thickened heart muscle which can interfere with the muscle's pumping ability.

Overall, obesity was linked to 27 per cent more muscle mass in the left ventricle of their hearts and 12 per cent thicker heart muscles - both signs of heart disease.


Athletics: Shamed ex-IAAF head Diack resigns as foundation president

Disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack on Tuesday resigned as president of the International Athletics Foundation in the wake of damaging corruption charges that have rocked track and field.

The foundation is best known in the public eye for organising the prestigious black-tie gala awards, which honour the best athletes of the year.

The IAAF last week cancelled this year’s annual gala just days after Diack was charged by French police with corruption over suspicions he took bribes to cover up doping cases.


Game Of Thrones newcomer leaks season 6 spoiler on Instagram

Game Of Thrones fans were offered a few tantalising clues as to what is planned for the next series of the hit show when French actor Elie Haddad posted a picture of his iPad featuring a page of the script on his Instagram page.

Realising his mistake, the 30-year-old rumoured Thrones newcomer quickly deleted the photo - but not before a few eagle-eyed fans had copied the post and set about deciphering what the text revealed.

Season six of GoT isn't set for release until April 2016.