While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 10 edition

Apple launches new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, available in Singapore on Sept 25

Apple unveiled two new iPhones - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus - during a special event held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

As with any iPhone with a “S” moniker, the new iPhones are incremental upgrades to its predecessors.

The biggest feature being highlighted during the event is the 3D Touch, which is similar to Force Touch found on Apple Watch’s display.


ISIS demands ransom for Chinese, Norwegian hostages

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claimed Wednesday to be holding a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage and asked for an unspecified ransom for their release.

The announcement came in the latest issue of the Sunni Muslim militants' English-language magazine, Dabiq, distributed on Twitter.

It gave no details about where or when they were captured, or where they are being held.


US will take more Syrian refugees: Kerry

The United States is studying how it can resettle more refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

"I just met with members this morning, and we are committed to increasing the number that we will take," Kerry said, after meeting US lawmakers.

"And we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe."


US pastor commits suicide after Ashley Madison hack: Report

A US pastor committed suicide six days after his name was exposed by hackers of the Ashley Madison adultery website, his wife told CNN Wednesday.

Canadian police have said that at least two suicides were linked to the leak of 32 million customer profiles from the Canada-based site last month. It’s not clear if John Gibson’s death was one of them as police released no details.

Christi Gibson discovered her husband’s body – and a suicide note which chronicled his demons and his shame at being exposed – in their New Orleans home on Aug 24.


Tennis: Pennetta stuns Kvitova to reach US Open semis

Italy's 26th-ranked Flavia Pennetta shocked two-time Wimbledon champion and Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach her second US Open semi-final.

Pennetta next will play on Thursday against the winner of a later match between two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, the 20th seed from Belarus, and Romanian second seed Simona Halep for a berth in Saturday's final.

Pennetta, 3-1 all-time against Halep and 2-2 against Azarenka, matched her best Grand Slam run from the 2013 US Open semi-finals, where she lost to Azarenka.