While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 13 edition

Syria regime advances, Russia drops bombs, US drops ammunition to anti-ISIS rebels

Regime troops aided by Russian air strikes fought their fiercest clashes with rebels in weeks Monday, as US-led coalition forces parachuted ammunition to rebels battling extremists in northern Syria.

Meanwhile, the UN's peace envoy to Syria said he was heading to Moscow to promote a political end to the conflict, despite Russia intensifying its raids.

On Monday, the US said coalition forces had airdropped ammunition to Syrian Arab groups fighting the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) extremist group in northern Syria. 


Russia says it foiled terror attack on Moscow by ISIS-trained extremists

 Russia's security services it has foiled a "terrorist attack" on Moscow's public transport system by a group of militants, some of whom were trained by ISIS.

A statement by the federal security service (FSB) said on Monday they had detained a group of people in Moscow and seized bomb-making materials they were planning to use in an attack on the capital's busy transport system.

"During questioning of two of the detained men, it became known that they were planning a terrorist attack on the Moscow public transit system," said the statement which was carried by Russian news agencies.


Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans: study

Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans. No matter what is done to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study Monday.

But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the Oct 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

Scientists have already established that if we do nothing to reduce our burning of fossil fuel up to the year 2100, the planet will face sea level rise of 4.3-9.9 meters, said lead author Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central.


Kanye West auditions as American Idol contestant, earns ticket to next round

Kanye West apparently isn't limiting his ambitions to a planned White House run. The rapper may also be hoping to be the next American Idol.

West turned up to audition for the final, upcoming season of the television talent show at the weekend, and left with a coveted "golden ticket" to the next round in Hollywood.

West's apparently surprise audition in San Francisco with an a cappella rendition of his hit Gold Digger for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. was posted on both the American Idol and his wife Kim Kardashian's Instagram accounts.


Aerosmith's Steven Tyler says no 'Dream On' for US Republican candidate Donald Trump

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has demanded that Donald Trump's campaign stop playing Dream On, becoming the latest musician angered by the Republican presidential candidate's choice of their song.

Tyler's lawyers said that a Trump rally in Georgia on Saturday again aired the band's 1973 smash hit, even though the musician sent a complaint in August.

The use of the song - famous for Tyler's vocals that climax into screaming - "gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr Trump's presidential bid", a new letter from the singer's lawyers said.