While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 10 edition

Obama meets Oregon families, as 2 more die in campus shootings

US President Barack Obama arrived in Oregon on Friday to meet relatives of victims of a deadly rampage at a community college, as shootings on two other university campuses left two people dead and four wounded.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the gate to the local airport to greet Obama, but he definitely earned a mixed reception.

While one sign said “Welcome to Roseburg,” others read “Obama is wrong” and “Nothing Trumps Our Liberty” – clear signs that the President’s visit to the rural, conservative community is not welcomed by all.


Women and girls crucial in fight against Islamic State ideology, experts say

When Saliha Ben Ali's teenage son was killed after leaving Belgium to fight for Islamic State in Syria, she wanted to do what she could to stop other mothers from going through similar heartbreak.

"My message is try to find some help, please speak about this, don't be alone," she said at a discussion on Friday about the role women can play in fighting the militant group's violent ideology.

Almost 30,000 foreigners have joined Islamic State and other militant groups to fight in Iraq and Syria, according to a study published by the United States Congress last month, thousands of them from western countries.


Volkswagen shares jump, sparking questions over 'mystery' buyer

Volkswagen stock surged more than 8 per cent on Friday despite the massive global pollution cheating scandal engulfing the group, sparking speculation over a “mystery” buyer snapping up the shares.

Revelations that the German auto giant had fitted 11 million cars with devices aimed at cheating pollution tests have sent the stock plunging to half its value in two weeks, effectively wiping out over 25 billion euros (S$40 billion) of market capitalisation.

But VW shares staged a strong recovery on Friday, ending the week 8.35 per cent up at 125.90 euros.


Rugby: Nonu celebrates with try in 100th test as New Zealand down Tonga

Holders New Zealand rampaged past Tonga with a 47-9 victory, sealed by a try from Ma'a Nonu on his 100th test appearance, to secure top spot in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Leading 14-3 at the break after two converted tries, the All Blacks ran riot in the second half to add five more as they relentlessly wore down their opponents.

But as in previous wins over Namibia and Georgia, the New Zealanders veered at times between carelessness and brilliance, especially in the first half, and were forced into retreat for long spells.


Rihanna says new Anti album out soon

Singing sensation Rihanna says her long-awaited new album will be out shortly - and that it's going to defy expectations.

The R&B superstar, who has not put out an album in three years after nearly annual releases since her 2005 debut, announced on Instagram that the new work would be called Anti and is coming "soon."

While staying mum on the music, the 27-year-old revealed the cover of the record.