While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 4 edition

SDP chairman Jeffrey George arrested for drug offence

The 51-year-old chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party, Mr Jeffrey George, has been arrested for a drug offence, The Straits Times understands.

SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan told the paper on Tuesday night that the news of Mr George's arrest came as a shock.

The Central Narcotics Bureau, when asked if Mr George had been arrested, said through a spokesman: "A 51-year-old man has been arrested for drug-related offences. Investigations are ongoing."


Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, the first meeting between the top leaders of the two sides since 1949.

Mr Ma's spokesman Charles Chen confirmed the meeting on Tuesday night.

He told Taiwanese media that the intention of the visit is to "secure cross-strait peace" but that no agreement would be signed and no joint statement would be made.


British adventurer Sarah Outen arrives home after 4 years rowing the world

Having spent 1,677 days rowing the open seas and cycling across continents, British adventurer Sarah Outen received a hero's welcome on Tuesday as she ended her odyssey at London's Tower Bridge.

Outen set off from the same spot over four years ago, hoping to raise money for four charities by rowing, kayaking and cycling around the world.

But it was not all plain sailing, and she was rescued twice after being battered by Tropical Storm Mawar when rowing from Japan to Alaska and by hurricane Joaquin in the North Atlantic.


Rugby: Huge welcome home for Cup-winning All Blacks

The All Blacks returned home to a frenzy of support on Wednesday, with airport workers giving them a haka on the tarmac in Auckland before the team triumphantly displayed the Rugby World Cup to screaming fans.

Inside the airport, about 4,000 black-clad supporters, some of whom had camped out overnight for a glimpse of their heroes, packed the arrivals hall to greet them.

Skipper Richie McCaw, clutching the William Webb Ellis trophy, emerged first, thanking the fans and saying the team had appreciated the entire country's backing during the tournament.


Jennifer Lawrence says Katniss inspired pay gap comments

Actress Jennifer Lawrence said playing the reluctant warrior character Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie franchise inspired her to speak out against the gender pay gap in the film industry.

Lawrence, who criticised the disparity in pay between men and women actors in Hollywood films in an open letter this month, was asked at a news conference whether the Katniss character had motivated her to address the issue.