While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 12 edition

US President Barack Obama on 9/11 calls diversity one of America's 'greatest strengths'

US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to embrace the nation's diversity and not to allow "terrorists" to divide the country.

Extremist organisations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) "know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as America," Obama said at a memorial service at the Pentagon, one of the sites attacked on Sept 11, 2001.

"So instead they try to terrorise, in the hopes that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other," said Obama, who observed a moment of silence Sunday at the Oval Office in honour of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.


Haj at high point a year after deadly stampede

The haj reached its high point Sunday when Muslims from across the world converged on a stony hill in Saudi Arabia, a year after the worst tragedy in the pilgrimage's history.

More than 1.8 million people gathered from sunrise to sunset at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres from Mecca.

In stifling heat they chanted a traditional haj incantation, "God, here I am", spending the most important day of the annual rite in prayer and reading from the Koran.


France arrests 15-year-old boy for planning "imminent" Paris attack - sources

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Paris suspected of preparing imminent "violent action", two judicial sources said, the second alleged plot with links to Islamic State discovered in France this week.

Last Sunday, a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame cathedral and jerry cans of diesel, leading to the discovery of a plot to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State. Seven people, including four women, were arrested.

The boy had been under house arrest since France declared a state emergency after Nov. 13 attacks in Paris in which ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) militants killed 130 people, two sources said on condition of anonymity. They did not say why he was under house arrest.


Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia, leaves 9/11 ceremony, after falling ill 

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been suffering from pneumonia and "became overheated and dehydrated" during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in New York on Sunday, but is "recovering nicely", her doctor said.

Physician Lisa Bardack examined the 68-year-old Clinton at her home in Chappaqua, New York, after she was forced to leave the ceremony at Ground Zero, a campaign aide said.

Video footage showed the candidate stumble as she was helped into her vehicle, and she needed to be held up on both sides by members of her entourage.


Football: Diego Costa brace rescues ragged Chelsea for draw at Swansea

Diego Costa scored twice, including an 81st-minute equaliser, as Antonio Conte maintained his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea manager in a 2-2 draw at Swansea City on Sunday.

The irrepressible Costa levelled with a deflected but spectacular overhead bicycle kick after Branislav Ivanovic's shot had been sent spinning in his direction.

The goal, Costa's fourth in as many games, spared Conte from his first loss in English football after two controversial Swansea goals in three second-half minutes had cancelled out Costa's opener.