While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 18 edition

German politician stabbed in attack tied to migrant crisis

A German mayoral candidate active in helping refugees was seriously wounded on Saturday (Oct 17) in what police described as a stabbing with a "racist political" motive, heaping further pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over the migrant crisis.

The German leader expressed her "shock" over the attack in the western city of Cologne which left mayoral hopeful Henriette Reker with serious neck wounds.

The stabbing comes as Merkel prepares to travel to Istanbul on Sunday for talks on the crisis with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has heaped scorn on Europe's efforts to deal with the problem so far.


Volkswagen ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn quits Porsche post after emissions scandal

Volkswagen AG's former chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn will leave his post running the company's biggest shareholder at the end of the month, cutting another of his ties with the carmaker amid an investigation into cheating on emissions tests.

VW chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, who already sits on the Porsche Automobil Holding SE board, will take over for Winterkorn on Nov 1, the Stuttgart-based company said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 17).

The holding company, controlled by the Porsche and Piech families, owns more than half of VW's voting shares.


Rugby: New Zealand thrash France to reach World Cup semi-finals

Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand hammered France 62-13 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (Oct 17) to set up an all-Southern Hemisphere clash with South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

The All Blacks produced their best performance of the tournament, running in nine tries in an ominous display to join the Springboks in the last four after they beat Wales 23-19 in the first quarter-final at Twickenham.

New Zealand stamped their authority on the match against France when lock Brodie Retallick scored the opening try after 10 minutes, charging down an attempted clearance kick from French flyhalf Frederic Michalak.


Cricket: Women's star Taylor makes history in Australian men's game

England international Sarah Taylor made history on Saturday(Oct 17)  by becoming the first woman to play men's grade cricket in Australia, but it was a hard slog in the field for her team.

The 26-year-old appeared as wicketkeeper for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval in South Australia's premier men's competition.

Northern Districts won the toss and put Port Adelaide in to bat, only to see them rack up 177 before the first wicket fell.


Spain wins world wine-tasting contest, debutants US come last

Spain on Saturday (Oct 17) scooped the world blind wine tasting competition for teams, while the United States came last in their first ever showing at the annual event in France.

Twenty teams took part in the competition, held this year in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, famed for its distinctive red wine, near the southern city of Avignon.

Identifying wines by taste and smell alone, the Spaniards gained 140 points, squeaking past the Belgians by two points, with Sweden in third.