While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 8 edition

Russian plane broke up in mid-air after noise, crash investigators say

A Russian plane which crashed in Egypt last week was flying on auto-pilot and appeared to break up in mid-air after a sudden noise but it is too soon to conclude exactly what brought it down, the lead investigator said on Saturday.

Ayman al-Muqaddam, head of a team of experts looking into one of Egypt’s worst air disasters, said the cockpit voice recording would be analysed to identify the nature of the noise, which Western governments have indicated may have been a bomb.

Muqaddam said the auto-pilot was still engaged when the crash occurred and debris were scattered over a wide area of the Sinai desert extending for 13km, adding that this was“consistent with an in-flight break-up”.


US Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell from cruise ship

The US Coast Guard said on Saturday it had suspended its search for a 35-year-old Brazilian man who fell from a cruise ship early Friday as it sailed through the night in waters off the Bahamas.

The Royal Caribbean Cruises ship Oasis of the Seas reported the man missing at about 1am on Friday (2pm Singapore time), saying in a statement that crew members saw him "intentionally going over the side of the ship."

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy," said Captain Todd Coggeshall, the chief of response management for the Coast Guard 7th District.


Volkswagen managers afraid to travel to the US: Report

Volkswagen managers are worried about travelling to the United States, a German newspaper reported on Saturday, saying US investigators have confiscated the passport of an employee who is there on a visit.

Citing company sources, the Suddeutsche Zeitung said Volkswagen believes the investigators want to prevent the manager from evading questioning or criminal prosecution linked to the diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen is under investigation in the United States and could face penalties of up to US$18 billion (S$25 billion) after admitting it deliberately rigged emissions tests of diesel-powered vehicles.


Football: Chelsea crisis after defeat in Mourinho’s absence

Jose Mourinho’s future at Chelsea was pushed further under the spotlight on Saturday when the manager, absent through a stadium ban, may have watched in solitary misery as the champions lost yet again at Stoke City.

On a day when Jamie Vardy kept his amazing scoring exploits going for Leicester City to help Claudio Ranieri’s side join Manchester City and Arsenal on 25 points at the top of the Premier League, the latest woes for Mourinho still eclipsed all else.

The Portuguese had said his one-match suspension might force him to watch the match on a street corner on his iPad but, wherever he saw it, Marko Arnautovic’s 53rd-minute volley in Stoke’s 1-0 home win will have made for wretched viewing.


Baker creates life-sized Prince George cake

An amateur baker from Britain scooped a gold award after creating a life-sized Prince George sponge cake.

Lara Mason, 29, spent 30 hours crafting the sponge statue, which stands at just under 91cm, according to a BBC report.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex and Yoda from Star Wars controlling a levitating cake were among the eye-catching entries at the Cake International competition. There were more than 1,000 competition entries on show from cake decorators from across the globe.