While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 9

Rohingya Muslim refugees are evacuated in a truck to a refugee camps after crossing the Naf River, in Teknaf, Bangladesh's Ukhia district on Oct 8, 2017.
Rohingya Muslim refugees are evacuated in a truck to a refugee camps after crossing the Naf River, in Teknaf, Bangladesh's Ukhia district on Oct 8, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

Two dead, scores missing as boat packed with Rohingya sinks

A boat packed with Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state capsized late Sunday night (Oct 8) near the coast of Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and scores missing, officials said.

Coast guard and border guard officials said the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank in the mouth of the Naf river that separates Myanmar from its South Asian neighbour Bangladesh.

"It capsized near (the coastal village of) Galachar with nearly 100 people. We recovered two dead bodies. Two people were rescued alive," said area coast guard commander Alauddin Nayan.


Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators packed central Barcelona on Sunday (Oct 8) to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare 
Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum. 

Catalans calling themselves a “silent majority” opposed to leaving Spain broke their silence after a week of mounting anxiety over the country’s worst political crisis in a generation. 

The crowd waved both Spanish and Catalan flags and chanted “Viva Espana! Viva Catalonia!” as they made their way through the streets of Barcelona under a clear blue sky. 


US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Hurricane Nate proves weaker than expected

 Nate eased quickly overnight from one of the fastest-moving hurricanes ever to hit the US Gulf Coast to a fitful and deteriorating tropical depression, but only after flooding streets and casinos, pitching boats onto beaches and leaving thousands without power.

The storm, once predicted to hit the mainland as a powerful Category Two storm, had left a trail of death and destruction in Central America.

But it weakened rapidly overnight after making landfall twice as a Category One storm - first in southeastern Louisiana and then along the Mississippi coast - its impact far less severe than predicted.


Jousting with Donald Trump online, US senator calls White House a 'daycare centre'

US President Donald Trump and Republican senator Bob Corker engaged in an extraordinarily pointed back-and-forth on Sunday (Oct 8), with Trump saying the senator lacked "guts" and Corker replying that the White House had become "an adult daycare centre".

The highly unusual exchange seemed to come out of nowhere on a rainy Sunday morning that Trump began in the White House before skies cleared and he headed to a nearby golf course.

Corker, a respected moderate who once supported Trump, has emerged in recent months as one of the president's most outspoken Republican critics. He recently said that only the presence of the generals in Trump's inner circle had kept the White House from descending into "chaos".


Tennis: Rafael Nadal 'destroys' agitated Nick Kyrgios to win China Open

Rafael Nadal won his sixth title of another remarkable year by beating an agitated Nick Kyrgios at the China Open on Sunday (Oct 8), while unseeded Caroline Garcia stunned the new number one.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw the Australian Kyrgios hit with a penalty point as the Spanish number one eased to a 6-2, 6-1 victory on the Beijing hard courts.

Nadal, for whom this was a landmark 75th ATP crown, came to the Chinese capital on the back of winning his third US Open.