While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 18 edition

Federal Reserve holds rate at zero; cites China worries

The Federal Reserve held its key interest rate locked at zero Thursday, citing worries about how the slowdown in China will hit the US economy.

Fed chairman Janet Yellen said the economy continues to grow moderately and that a rate increase could still take place before the end of the year.

However, policy makers were still focused on the spillover from China’s troubles and those in other major emerging market economies.


Tripped-up Syrian refugee starts new Spain football life

The Syrian refugee football coach who made world headlines when a Hungarian camerawoman tripped him as he fled said on Thursday it felt "fantastic" starting a new life in Spain.

Osama Abdul Mohsen, a former first division football trainer in Syria, was welcomed by a soccer coaching school in Madrid that has offered him a job.

He arrived in Spain late on Wednesday night with his sons Mohammad, 18 and Zaid, seven.


White House hopefuls embrace late-night comedy shows

By day, White House hopefuls make speeches, meet voters and kiss babies. By night, they line up to trade jokes with America's late-night hosts - an increasingly important stop on the campaign trail.

In the past 10 days, the parade of White House contenders from both parties who have appeared with the nation's kings of late-night comedy has been non-stop.

The atmosphere is friendly and encourages humour, and the hosts generally tend to make a candidate look good. As public appearances go, it is pretty low-risk.


Amazon unveils S$70 tablet in new gadget offensive

Amazon unveiled a US$50 (S$69.96) tablet computer Thursday amid a slew of other electronic gadgets aimed at clicking with consumers in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

The seven-inch Fire tablet is part of new family of tablets being launched by the online giant, along with upgraded Fire TV streaming media devices and a game controller box.

The online retail firm, which has appeared to stop sales of its Fire Phone, is making an aggressive push at the low end of the electronics market as rival Apple is launching its high-end tablets and phones.


Tennis: Murray reveals ace plan to aid refugees

Andy Murray has responded to the refugee crisis by revealing he will donate £50 (S$100) to children's charity Unicef every time he hits an ace for the rest of the year.

Former Wimbledon and US Open champion Murray made his charitable gesture after being moved by the plight of people travelling to Europe to claim asylum.

"Having seen the images broadcast on the news in recent weeks I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes and had their lives turned upside down," Murray wrote on his official website.