While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 8 edition

Obama looks up and smiles at reporters as he casts his vote for president.
Obama looks up and smiles at reporters as he casts his vote for president.PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama casts early ballot in 2016 election

President Barack Obama cast an early ballot in his adopted hometown of Chicago, highlighting a Democratic drive to get voters to the polls before Nov 8.

Onlookers cheered as Obama, who was a US senator from Illinois prior to becoming president, entered the early-voting facility in downtown Chicago during an unannounced visit.

A smiling Obama shook hands with the poll workers at the site and thanked them for their “outstanding work” before heading to an electronic voting machine.

The President punched in his choice and then smirked when asked who he had picked.


Nathan Hartono finishes second in nail-biting Sing! China final

Singaporean Nathan Hartono, 25, finished second-place in the immensely popular Sing! China competition in Beijing.

Hartono, who is the first Singaporean to enter the final, had competed against five other contestants in the final held at the National Stadium which was won by China's Jiang Dunhao.

The television talent show - a rebranded version of The Voice of China after a legal dispute over copyright - had opened with each finalist performing a song with their respective mentors, followed by a solo performance.


Hurricane Matthew death toll passes 800 in Haiti, cholera takes lives

Hurricane Matthew’s trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath, with the number of dead soaring to 842, tens of thousands homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives.

Information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm, and it became clear that at least 175 people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of Haiti’s fertile western tip.

Rural clinics overflowed with patients whose wounds including broken bones had not been treated since the storm hit on Tuesday. Food was scarce, and at least seven people died of cholera, likely because of flood water mixing with sewage.


Qatar Airways to buy 100 Boeing planes for up to $25 billion

Qatar Airways has agreed to purchase as many as 100 Boeing airplanes for up to US$18.6 billion (S$25 billion), the companies jointly announced.

Qatar will buy 30 of the new-generation Boeing 787 and 10 Boeing 777, both widebody aircraft, for US$11.7 billion. Qatar Airways also signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 60 of the narrow-body Boeing 737 valued at about US$6.9 billion.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker said that the order was one of the largest in the country’s history and would help meet growing demand for air travel.


Football: Ronaldo scores four as Portugal flatten nine-man Andorra

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, including two in the first five minutes, to lead European champions Portugal to a 6-0 win over nine-man Andorra in their World Cup qualifier.

It was the Portugal captain's fourth hat-trick for his country and the first time he has scored four in a match, taking his tally to 65 goals in 134 internationals.

The win got Portugal off the mark in Group B after a shock 2-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening game last month when Ronaldo was missing through injury.