While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 23 edition

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (right) drinks beer with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a pub near the PM's official country residence Chequers.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (right) drinks beer with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a pub near the PM's official country residence Chequers.REUTERS

Students witness scenes of horror in Swedish sword attack

Children in the Swedish town of Trollhattan witnessed scenes of horror on Thursday as a masked attacker wielded a bloodied sword in their school, cutting down students and teachers as they crouched behind desks in darkened classrooms.

Fourteen-year-old student David Issa saw the 21-year-old assailant, who was shot by police and later died in hospital, slay his teacher.

Media reports identified the attacker as Anton Lundin Pettersson, describing him as a quiet 21-year-old opposed to Islam and immigration.


'Despicable' conditions at China iPhone plant: Report

An Apple contractor factory in China houses its workers in overcrowded dormitories lined with mould and crawling with bed bugs, a labour watchdog alleged on Thursday.

An undercover report by China Labour Watch on the Shanghai iPhone factory operated by Taiwan's Pegatron Group is the latest in a series of studies documenting poor conditions at Apple contractor facilities.

"Low pay, long hours, unpaid work, poor workplace safety and despicable living conditions persist," the report said, alleging nearly two dozen "legal and ethical labour rights violations."


Raising a pint, Xi and Cameron toast 'golden' ties over fish and chips

After three days of pomp, deal-making and geopolitics, British Prime Minister David Cameron raised a pint to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday over a traditional pub dinner of fish and chips.

Cameron took a break from the formalities of hosting the state visit to take Communist Party General Secretary Xi to The Plough at Cadsden, near his official country residence at Chequers, for a fish and chip supper washed down with a pint of Green King IPA ale.

Cameron was shown buying Xi a pint. Both leaders were later shown without neckties holding half-drunk pints of ale and chatting with locals.


Deep-voiced monkeys may be 'all talk,' study finds

The next time you hear a howler monkey making a loud, deep-throated call in the jungle, you might be right to wonder, "Is he compensating for something?"

A study out on Thursday in the journal Current Biology found that male howler monkeys with the most powerful voices - a trait that is useful for attracting females - also had the smallest testicles.

For scientist Leslie Knapp, who describes the work as her "calls and balls paper," the findings offer an intriguing look at an evolutionary tit for tat.


Football: Klopp frustrated on Anfield bow as Celtic, Spurs lose

Juergen Klopp's Anfield bow as Liverpool manager ended in a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday as fellow British hopefuls Celtic and Tottenham went down to defeat.

Emre Can cancelled out Marko Devic's well-taken opener for Russian side Rubin to notch the first goal of the Klopp era, but despite playing against 10 men for 54 minutes following Oleg Kuzmin's dismissal, Liverpool could not find a winner.

The fit-again Christian Benteke, on as a second-half substitute, came closest with a shot that hit the post, but he could not prevent Liverpool registering a third successive 1-1 draw in Group B and the second stalemate of Klopp's tenure after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.