While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 11 edition

Hillary Clinton regrets calling ‘half’ of Donald Trump backers ‘deplorable’

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said she regretted calling half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorable,” but doubled down on slamming “racist rhetoric” in his campaign.

The former secretary of state was under fire after telling a New York fundraiser on Friday night: “To be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”

“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

“Basket of Deplorables” quickly became a trending hashtag on Twitter. There was even a mock account called “Hillary’s Basket,” with the handle @TheDeplorables, deriding the former first lady and US senator.


China says Tianjin mayor under investigation for suspected corruption

China’s ruling Communist Party said that the mayor of the major northern city of Tianjin was being investigated on suspicion of corruption, the latest senior official to be caught up in a war on deep-seated graft.

Dozens of senior people have been investigated or jailed since President Xi Jinping assumed power almost four years ago, vowing to go after corruption and warning, like others before, the problem threatens the party’s grip on power.

In a brief statement, the party’s graft-busting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Huang Xingguo, 61, was suspected of  “serious discipline breaches”, using the party’s normal euphemism for corruption.


Emirates bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on its planes

Civil aviation authorities in the Emirates have banned the use of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 on all its national carriers because of the risk of batteries exploding in the "phablet" smartphone.

"The General Civil Aviation Authority has banned operating, charging and carrying in bags the Samsung Note 7 on board national carriers' flights," it said in a statement.

Samsung last week suspended sales of its latest flagship smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to explode during charging.


Football: First blood to Guardiola as Manchester City win derby

Pep Guardiola enjoyed victory over his old nemesis Jose Mourinho as his Manchester City side won 2-1 at Manchester United in Saturday's eagerly anticipated derby at Old Trafford.

First-half goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho put City in control and despite new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo's gaffe allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to hit back for United, City held firm.

It was the first encounter between Guardiola and Mourinho, former El Clasico sparring partners, since 2013 and gave the former Barcelona coach an eighth win in 17 encounters with the ex-Real Madrid manager.


Philippine film The Woman Who Left wins Venice Golden Lion

A black-and-white movie about a woman’s thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize.

Director Lav Diaz has described Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) as a testimony to the struggles of the Philippines after centuries of colonial rule and its aftermath, and he dedicated the Golden Lion award to his homeland.

“This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle of humanity. Thank you, thank you so much,” the 57-year-old said as he accepted the award for his movie that has a running time of almost four hours.