While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 12 edition

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Oct 11, 2016.
Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Oct 11, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Gunman kills 14 at shrine in Afghan capital, police say

At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday (Oct 11) when a gunman in a police uniform opened fire on worshippers gathered at a shrine in the Afghan capital of Kabul for a Shi’ite holy day, officials said.

Thirteen civilians and one police officer died and 36 people were wounded, said Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Ministry of Public Health officials said at least 43 people had been injured in the incident and had been taken to hospitals in the city for treatment.


Donald Trump lashes out at 'disloyal' Republicans

Embattled White House hopeful Donald Trump lashed out at "disloyal" Republicans in a ranting tweetstorm on Tuesday (Oct 11), saying they are to blame if his faltering campaign comes up short.

Declaring himself unchained from party strictures, the bombastic real estate mogul publicly berated party big-wig Paul Ryan - the speaker of the House of Representatives - as a "weak and ineffective leader".

"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to" Trump tweeted.


Taiwanese billionaire Shaw-Lan Wang robbed of jewels at Paris home: Police

A 75-year-old Taiwanese billionaire was robbed last week at her Paris home of jewels worth up to €200,000 (S$300,000), police said on Tuesday (Oct 11).

Shaw-Lan Wang, a publisher who is also the main shareholder of the French fashion label Lanvin, lives in the chic 16th district of the French capital.

Wang, a director of the Taiwanese newspaper United Daily News, was taking an afternoon nap when the robbery occurred on Oct 4, the police source said.


Obama sees human missions to Mars by 2030s

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday (Oct 11) he would help send people to Mars as soon as 14 years from now, pledging to work with private companies to "to build new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts on long-duration missions in deep space."

"We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an opinion piece for CNN posted to its website.

Obama's comments come ahead of a meeting planned by the White House in Pittsburgh this week aimed at teaming up scientists, students and others to further efforts to develop the commercial space market, according to the piece.


Football: China, South Korea suffer World Cup blows

China's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup suffered a crushing blow on Tuesday (Oct 11), while Iran sprang a shock to establish themselves as the frontrunners in Group A at the expense of South Korea.

The Chinese were outclassed 2-0 by Uzbekistan in Tashkent with the Central Asians scoring twice in the second half through Marat Bikmaev and Otabek Shukurov to leave China bottom of the pile on just one point and almost certainly facing more World Cup heartbreak.

The Uzbeks temporarily topped the group with nine points from four matches but were pushed down to second place later on the day when Iran pulled off a 1-0 win over World Cup regulars South Korea in Teheran to take their tally to 10.