While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 20 edition

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.PHOTO: REUTERS

Trump hopes to hit jackpot in last debate as Clinton widens lead in polls

Donald Trump will aim to dump his losing political hand in his third and final presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, as polls show the Democrat has widened her lead over the provocative billionaire.

With just 20 days before Americans cast ballots Nov 8, the two candidates will face off at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 6pm (9am on Thursday, Singapore time) in what is sure to be a 90-minute slugfest watched by millions.

The Republican nominee, 70, is looking to bounce back from allegations made by several women of unwanted sexual advances, which came on the heels of the release of a 2005 video in which he made crass remarks about women.

"This is our final shot, folks," Trump - who has in recent days made multiple unsubstantiated allegations that the election will be "rigged" - told supporters Tuesday in Colorado.


Young blue-eyed Pakistani tea-seller becomes social media sensation in Pakistan and India

A young Pakistani tea-seller whose intense blue eyes made Internet users in Pakistan and India swoon after a picture of him was posted by a local photographer on Instagram has now bagged himself a modelling contract.

Arshad Khan, the 18-year-old teenage tea vendor who hails from the Pakistani city of Kohat and has never been to school, found himself becoming a social media heart-throb when he caught the eye of a local photographer while making tea in the Sunday Bazaar in the capital Islamabad.

A photo of his piercing gaze was uploaded on Instagram and the image quickly became viral, earning him many new fans.


Football: Messi hat-trick punishes Guardiola’s error-prone City

Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo and Pep Guardiola endured a nightmare return to Barcelona as Lionel Messi’s hat-trick spearheaded a 4-0 Champions League rout for the Spanish champions.

Guardiola led Barca to 14 trophies in a glorious four-year reign between 2008 and 2012, but his homecoming was undone by a series of shocking defensive errors and Messi’s clinical touch on his return from injury.

Messi pounced on Fernandinho’s slip to give Barca a half-time lead before goalkeeper Bravo was sent off for handling Luis Suarez’s shot outside the area. Two more sumptuous Messi finishes soon followed and Neymar made amends for missing a penalty with a brilliant individual run and finish for Barca’s fourth.


Tennis: Nadal confident he and Federer not finished yet

Rafael Nadal insists he can still compete with the best in the world for "many years to come" after opening his tennis academy alongside Roger Federer in Mallorca.

Nadal and Federer have slipped down the world rankings this season due to a lack of form and fitness respectively.

However, the 30-year-old Spaniard insists two of the most successful players in the history of the sport can make it back to the top. "Roger and I haven't forgotten how to play tennis and we are working to get back to competing at the highest level."


Star Scarlett Johansson to run Paris popcorn shop

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is opening a popcorn shop. Not just any old popcorn joint but a gourmet one in Paris, the gastronomic capital of the world, where she spends much of her time.

And the 31-year-old singer and model is even going to serve customers with her own fair hand.

The star of Lost In Translation and Under The Skin will be serving up truffle, parmesan and sage flavoured popcorn - her personal favourite - to punters when her Yummy Pop shop opens in the city's Marais district on Saturday,