While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 22 edition

Biden says he will not seek 2016 Democratic nomination

US Vice-President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would not run for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and easing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s path to the party’s nomination.

Biden, who had been pondering a run since August, appeared in the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill and President Barack Obama to say the window for mounting a successful campaign had closed.

Biden, 72, had been wrestling with his own doubts about whether he and his family were ready for a gruelling campaign while still mourning his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May. His son had urged him to run.


WikiLeaks publishes CIA chief’s e-mails

Anti-secrecy campaign group WikiLeaks on Wednesday published an initial tranche of documents it said were from the personal e-mail account of CIA director John Brennan.

The leak is hugely embarrassing for America’s top spy chief and WikiLeaks said more files would be released “in the coming days.”

Though there did not immediately appear to be any top-secret documents in the leak, it includes a 47-page background check questionnaire from a security clearance application Brennan apparently made in 2008.


Halloween asteroid to shave past Earth, astronomers say

A big asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and will shave past our planet on Halloween, but astronomers say there's no need to be spooked - it's definitely not on a collision course.

The space rock is about the size of a football stadium and is moving at an "unusually high" speed of 126,000 kmh, said Nasa.

Early estimates put the asteroid - called 2015 TB145 - at about 470m in diameter, according to the astronomy website Earth and Sky.


Football: Martial rescues United in hard-fought Moscow draw

French international Anthony Martial guided home a second-half header as Manchester United snatched an important 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg top the pool on six points, after defeating PSV Eindhoven 2-0, with United and CSKA on four and the Dutch champions bringing up the rear on three.

It was former Monaco striker Martial's first Champions League goal for his new club and fifth this season since a high-profile transfer from the Ligue 1 club on the brink of the transfer window closing at the end of August.


Adele reflects on adulthood with new album: 25

Adele, whose separation ballad Someone Like You was an international blockbuster, has announced that her next album will be entitled 25 and will examine life on the cusp of adulthood.

Revealing details of the long-awaited follow-up, the English singer said that her 25th birthday marked a turning point.

"My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record," she wrote in a letter to fans posted on her social media accounts on Wednesday.