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

Britain says bomb may have downed jet, suspends Sharm flights

Britain said Wednesday (Nov 4) it was concerned a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt may have been downed by a bomb, as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group insisted it caused the disaster.

London’s announcement came as Egyptian officials said investigators probing the black boxes had extracted the data from one for analysis, but the other had been damaged and required a lot of work.

Meanwhile, a CNN report citing an unnamed US official said that US intelligence pointed to a bomb planted by ISIS or one of its affiliates.


Five people stabbed on US campus, suspect is killed

Five people were injured Wednesday in a stabbing incident on a university campus in north-central California before the suspect was shot dead, campus police said.

The University of California Merced Police Department said two of the victims were transported by helicopter to a local hospital, and the other three were treated on campus.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper identified the assailant as a male student in his 20s, whose motive is as yet unknown.


'Once in a blue moon diamond' could fetch over S$70 million

A large blue diamond, one of the world's rarest, could fetch US$35-55 million (S$49-77 million) at auction next week, Sotheby's said on Wednesday.

The Nov 11 sale also features a Cartier pearl and diamond tiara - estimated at up to US$450,000 - that survived the sinking of the Lusitania cruise liner 100 years ago.

The flawless "Blue Moon Diamond", which weighs 12.03 carats and is mounted on a ring, is the star lot of more than 500 on offer at Sotheby's semi-annual jewellery sale in Geneva.


Got the right stuff? Nasa is hiring astronauts

Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut?

Nasa issued a hiring call on Wednesday for space explorers that may fly on future missions aboard commercially built spacecraft or Nasa's deep-space Orion capsule.

With the American spaceflight programme grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, Nasa is looking to bolster its corps, which currently consists of just 47 astronauts.


Teen fans greet world premiere of final Hunger Games movie

Thousands of shrieking teenage fans on Wednesday greeted superstar Jennifer Lawrence as the final movie of The Hunger Games blockbuster franchise had its world premiere in Berlin, whose monumental architecture served as the backdrop for much of the dystopian fantasy.

Gazing at the 6,000 adoring fans crowding out the Sony Centre venue, many of whom had camped out despite the autumn chill since the previous night, the 25-year-old Oscar winner said she had mixed feelings about having completed the four-movie action saga.

"It's the perfect way to end these amazing four years, but it's sad to not have this again," said Lawrence.