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

Singapore, Malaysia re-elected to International Civil Aviation Organisation's governing body; Indonesia fails in bid to qualify

Singapore and Malaysia have been re-elected as the only two South-east Asian countries to sit in the decision-making body of the United Nations’ civil aviation arm - the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The inner circle, elected every three years when the ICAO assembly convenes, is made up of 36 member states.

Indonesia which has tried the last few rounds to make it into this group has failed again.


Google takes on rivals with Pixel phone, new hardware

Google opened fire on rivals Apple, Samsung and Amazon in a new push into hardware on Tuesday (Oct 4), launching premium-priced Pixel smartphones and a slew of other devices showcasing artificial intelligence prowess.

The unveiling of Google’s in-house designed phone came as part of an expanded hardware move by the US giant, which also revealed details of its new “home assistant,” virtual reality headset and Wi-Fi router system.

The San Francisco event marked a shift in strategy for Google, which is leading a major push to make Google Assistant artificial intelligence a futuristic force spanning all kinds of internet-linked devices.


Kim Kardashian freed herself, raised alarm after Paris heist: Police sources

Kim Kardashian freed herself and raised the alarm after being tied up and robbed at gunpoint in Paris of US$10 million (S$13.7 million) in jewels in Paris, police sources said on Tuesday (Oct 4).

The multi-millionaire US reality TV star, who was in the French capital for Paris fashion week, was robbed at a luxury residence in the early hours of Monday by five men posing as police officers.

Kardashian was tied up and locked in the bathroom while the robbers helped themselves to a ring worth around four million euros (S$6 million) and a case of jewellery with a value of five million euros (S$7.7 million).


Actor Ben Stiller reveals past cancer diagnosis

Actor and director Ben Stiller said on Tuesday (Oct 4) that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago, and said a controversial early screening test had saved his life.

The "Zoolander" star, 50, said he was diagnosed in June 2014 and that after surgery he was declared cancer free three months later.

"So, I had cancer a couple of years ago and I wanted to talk about it. And the test that saved my life," tweeted Stiller linking to an essay on Medium.com about his experience.


Tennis: Maria Sharapova hails doping ban cut 'one of my happiest days', targets April return

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova hailed the reduction of her two-year doping ban on Tuesday (Oct 4) as one of the "happiest days" of her life, immediately targeting a return to action in April 2017.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cut Sharapova's ban to 15 months saying she was not an "intentional doper", after the 29-year-old tested positive for the banned medication meldonium during January's Australian Open - throwing her glittering, money-spinning career into serious jeopardy.

"I've gone from one of the toughest days of my career last March, when I learned about my suspension, to now, one of my happiest days, as I found out I can return to tennis in April," said Sharapova, who has racked up 35 WTA singles titles and more than US$36 million (S$49 million) in career earnings.