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

Paralympics: Gold and a new world record for Yip Pin Xiu

Singapore para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu won gold for the 100m backstroke S2 event, securing Singapore's first medal at the Rio Paralympics.

She won out of a field of six swimmers with a world record time of 2:07:09.

In second place was China's Feng Yazhu (2:18.65) and in third, Ukraine's Iryna Sotska (2:21.98), who won silver and bronze respectively.


Facebook backs off censoring ‘napalm girl’ photo

Facebook backtracked on a decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after its block on the historic image triggered a wave of outrage.

The online giant stopped short of apologising, saying the image had been flagged for violating standards regarding inappropriate posts at the world’s leading social network.

“An image of a naked child would normally be presumed to violate our Community Standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography,” Facebook said in a statement. “In this case, we recognise the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time.”


Images of allegedly overdosed couple in Ohio with boy in car go viral

Pictures taken by a small-town Ohio police department showing a couple allegedly overdosed on heroin in their car, the woman's son ignored in the back, circulated widely on social media as evidence of an epidemic in use of the drug.

The images were posted on the Facebook page of the East Liverpool, Ohio Police Department, along with an officer's report of the incident that led to the arrest of James Acord and Rhonda Pasek on child endangerment charges.

"We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis," the police department said in a statement on the Facebook page.


New parasite species is named after Obama

US scientists have discovered a new species of a parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia, and named it after Barack Obama as a way of honouring the US president.

The flatworm, coined Baracktrema obamai, is so unusual that it merits not only a new species designation, but its own genus, too. The new species was discovered by Thomas Platt, an expert on turtle parasites who recently retired from Saint Mary's College in the state of Indiana.

He said he was inspired to name the creature after Obama, in part because the worms "face incredible obstacles to complete their journey and must contend with the immune system of the host in order to mature and reproduce."


Angelina Jolie in refugee camp calls for end to Syria war

World leaders should put finding an end to the war in Syria at the centre of their discussions at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month, actor Angelina Jolie said during a visit to a refugee camp in Jordan.

"Ask the fundamental question of what are the root causes of the Syrian conflict and what will it take to end it," she said at the Azraq refugee camp, which she visited in her role as a special envoy for the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Syria's five-year-old civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced 11 million, half the country's pre-war population, including many who have fled overseas, sparking a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.