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

Nathan Hartono returns to Singapore on Sunday night

Nathan Hartono, the first Singaporean to reach the finals of the immensely popular Sing! China show, came home on Sunday (Oct 9) around 10.40pm to about 20 fans who had gathered at Changi Airport Terminal 1 to receive him.

His flight landed around 10.10pm after a slight delay.

Some among the group of fans, mostly young girls, had bought him flowers. They also asked him for autographs and selfies.


Donald Trump strikes defiant tone over vulgar comments ahead of debate

Republican Donald Trump on Sunday (Oct 9) struck a defiant tone in the face of calls for him to abandon the US presidential race, attacking prominent Republicans and saying he has "tremendous support" despite a storm over vulgar comments he made about women.

On a day in which Trump was due to debate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and with a month to go to the Nov 8 election, Trump took to social media to try to squelch any speculation that he could leave the race.

"Tremendous support (except for some Republican leadership"). Thank you," Trump wrote on Twitter.


Ailing Thai king's health not stable: Palace

Doctors treating Thailand's hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej placed the ailing monarch on a ventilator this week, the palace said Sunday (Oct 9), adding that the 88-year-old's health was "not stable".

Bhumibol is the world's longest-reigning monarch and beloved by many in Thailand.

But he has not been seen in public for nearly a year as he battles a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital.


The Girl on the Train starts off big in North American box office

The psychological thriller The Girl on the Train topped the North American box office in its opening weekend with US$24.7 million (S$33.9m) in revenue, an industry group estimated Sunday (Oct 9).

Emily Blount plays a depressed, alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something odd as she rides a commuter train and ends up launching a missing persons investigation.

The flick from Universal is based on a best-selling novel by British author Paula Hawkins.


Table Tennis: Feng Tianwei upset by Japanese teenager in World Cup semi-finals

Feng Tianwei will settle for bronze - at best - at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Women's World Cup, after she was upset by Japanese teenager Miu Hirano in the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon (US time).

The Singaporean paddler was beaten 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 9-11, 13-15 by her 16-year-old opponent, and will play Hong Kong's Tie Yana for bronze at 6am (SG time).

Held in Philadelphia, this was likely Feng's best shot at lifting the prestigious title. China's Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen - the world's top two players - both withdrew from the event due to injuries and illness. In China's absence - the first time China is not involved at this competition - Feng, ranked sixthin the world, became top seed.