While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 23 edition

Donald Trump reacts to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the New York Times building after a meeting in New York, Nov 22, 2016
Donald Trump reacts to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the New York Times building after a meeting in New York, Nov 22, 2016PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump disavows 'alt-right' supporters

Donald Trump has repudiated the fringe "alt-right" group that celebrated his election win with Nazi salutes.

"I don't want to energise the group, and I disavow the group," Trump told a group of New York Times reporters and columnists during a meeting at the newspaper's headquarters in New York.

Alt-right supporters were filmed on Saturday in Washington DC cheering, said the BBC, as a speaker shouted: "Hail Trump."

In the video, Richard Spencer, a leader of the "alt-right" movement, told a conference of members that America belongs to white people, whom he described as "children of the sun".


Lufthansa cancels hundreds of flights due to pilots strike

Lufthansa has cancelled hundreds of flights scheduled for Wednesday as its pilots plan a 24-hour walkout, the latest threat of disruption to its operations in a long-running pay dispute.

The strike is the 14th to hit the airline in its row with the Vereinigung Cockpit union and the airline said it has cancelled 876 of roughly 3,000 flights scheduled for Wednesday, affecting about 100,000 passengers.

Lufthansa was still seeking to prevent the strike going ahead late on Tuesday after a Frankfurt labour court earlier rejected its application for an injunction.


Gigi Hadid apologises over Melania Trump impression


Model Gigi Hadid has apologised amid a critical storm over her impression of President-elect Donald Trump's wife Melania at the American Music Awards.

The 21-year old American star put on a fake Slovenian accent, partially closed her eyes, inflated her lips and mocked Mrs Trump's Republican National Convention speech. The impression triggered a firestorm of criticism on social media and was deemed "racist" and "disrespectful".

Hadid released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday apologising to anyone who may have been offended, while defending her impersonation of the future US First Lady.


iPhones are crashing after playing 3-second prank video

Apple iPhones are falling victim to a new type of crash bug that renders the company's smartphones unusable after watching a short video.

Playing the video causes devices to slow down and eventually grind to a halt. And it doesn't seem to matter which version of the iPhone people use. A video on the issue was uploaded to YouTube.

The video from the Sina Weibo-backed video-sharing app Miaopai plays normally in the iPhone’s video player, but once the video is finished it can take up to a minute for the iPhone to lock up, requiring a forced reboot to recover it.


Kanye West suffered mental breakdown: Reports

Rapper Kanye West was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles after his doctor called the emergency services to report he was suffering a mental breakdown, news reports said.

The musician's personal physician Michael Farzam told police that his 39-year-old patient was "acting erratically" due to sleep deprivation and dehydration and he was concerned about his well-being, the celebrity gossip website TMZ said.

He was taken from his personal trainer's home to UCLA Medical Centre handcuffed to a gurney, as is standard procedure for psychiatric patients, said TMZ.