While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 21 edition

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose for photographers on the red carpet in 2009.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose for photographers on the red carpet in 2009.PHOTO: REUTERS

Pitt expresses sadness over Jolie divorce filing as Hollywood power couple splits

Actress Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her lawyer said in a statement, signalling the end of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and powerful couples.

“This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” lawyer Robert Offer said in the statement.

Jolie filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for the split, court documents showed. She sought full physical custody of their six children with visitation rights for Pitt but did not seek spousal support. Jolie cited their separation date as Sept 15.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing unnamed sources, reported Jolie was upset by Pitt’s parenting methods.


Myanmar refugees, including Muslim Rohingya, outpace Syrian arrivals in US

The resettlement of refugees from Middle Eastern countries, particularly Syria, has been the centre of a heated political debate after President Barack Obama last year pledged to resettle at least 10,000 refugees from the war-torn country in the United States.

But refugees from Myanmar, whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited Washington last week, have quietly outpaced Syrian arrivals in recent years, even as Syria's civil war intensifies, with an increasing number coming from the marginalised Rohingya Muslim community, according to State Department figures.

From Oct 1, 2015 to Sept 15 this year, 11,902 Myanmar nationals were resettled in the United States, according to figures from the Refugee Processing Centre, operated by the State Department, compared to 11,598 arrivals from Syria over the same time period.


Europe's teens smoking, drinking less but drugs still high - study

Europe's schoolchildren are drinking and smoking less than their predecessors, but illicit drug use remains at "high levels", a new study shows.

"Smoking and drinking among 15- and 16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over challenges posed by new drugs and new addictive behaviours," according to the study published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

"Positive developments" were seen across the board in the case of teenage smoking, against a backdrop of anti-smoking measures introduced by governments over the last two decades.


Billionaire George Soros to invest nearly $700 million to help migrants, refugees

Billionaire investor George Soros said he would invest US$500 million (S$680 million) to meet the needs of migrants and refugees.

The investment comes in response to the Obama administration's "Call to Action" initiative, asking US companies to help ease the migrant crisis.

"We will invest in startups, established companies, social impact initiatives, and businesses started by migrants and refugees themselves," Soros said in a statement. "These investments are intended to be successful. But our primary focus is to create products and services that truly benefit migrants and host communities."


Football: Rooney at risk as Mourinho's Man United struggle

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure to drop Wayne Rooney, with the captain's clanking performances emblematic of the team's struggles.

United have lost their last three matches and there is clamour among supporters and journalists for Rooney to be removed from the starting XI.

In an online poll by the United fanzine Red Issue, over 99 per cent of respondents called for him to be axed.